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November 30, 2018
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Upcoming Events

To see all our events, visit our Calendar.

Monday, 12/3, 6pm-8pm

Tuesday, 12/4, 11am-1pm

Tuesday, 12/4, 6pm-7pm

Friday, 12/7, 9am-4:30pm

Monday, 12/10, 12pm-2pm

Monday, 12/10, 6pm-7:30pm

Monday, 12/10, 6pm-8pm

Monday, 12/10, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, 12/12, 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, 12/12, 7pm-9pm

Friday, 12/14, 9am-4:30pm

Friday, 12/14, 9am-4:30pm
Mercer/Burlington Private Practice Meeting

Thursday, 12/20, 10am-11:30am

NASW-NJ now offers online gift cards! Gift cards can be used to purchase awesome social work swag from our online store this holiday season.
To purchase yours today, go HERE!

Rock the Red Ribbon
December 1 is World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is a time to reflect on those we've lost to HIV/AIDS, as well as on how much progress we've made in the national response to HIV. It's also an important opportunity to assess where we need to improve and what our next steps should be.

We are currently seeking candidates to fill the following seats  on the NASW-NJ Board of Directors:

- First Vice President

- Northwest Regional Representative

- Northeast Regional Representative

- Undergraduate Student Representative (BSW only)

- Graduate Student Representative (MSW only)

In addition, we are seeking candidates for the following leadership positions: 
- Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification: Four (4) positions open

Click here for more details or to submit a nomination.
Social Workers, Share Your Story Today
Seeking inspiring stories for publication in multiple outlets

NASW-NJ is collecting stories of social workers in New Jersey--stories of social workers creating programs, leading research, helping clients, students, driving community advocacy, providing clinical support, etc. We plan to begin sharing these stories in March 2019 during Social Work Month via our online blog, social media, FOCUS, and will even feature a few as part of our collaboration with New Jersey Monthly Magazine.

Do you know a social worker who is doing exceptional things in our state? Do you have a story to share? We'd love to hear!

Please complete the form to nominate a social worker--and remember, all submissions must be of individuals with a formal social work degree (BSW, MSW, PhD, DSW)!
Clinical Social Workers Excluded from MIPS Reporting in 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final rule for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule on November 1, 2018 available  here. The 2019 final rule for the CMS' Quality Payment Program excludes clinical social workers from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting in 2019. 

This is a victory for clinical social workers who have limited quality measures to report on and in the past have received penalties when reporting quality measures. NASW has been advocating for clinical social workers and improvements in the Quality Payment Program. NASW is grateful to CMS and all of the stakeholders who helped with the exclusion.
2019 ACA Open Enrollment Period Now Open

Behavioral Health Telehealth Options Expanded

Under the new  2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has removed restrictions in Medicare around originating sites for telehealth services used to treat substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders. Previously, patients were limited to telehealth appointments only when calling from specific locations, such as their primary care provider's office. The new rule removes these originating site geographic requirements and adds individuals' homes as permissible originating sites for telehealth services, greatly increasing access to SUD treatment, especially for individuals in rural and frontier communities.
NASW-NJ Online CE Courses

Looking to take some of your courses from home? NASW-NJ is making it affordable!

Our current offering of pre-recorded webinars can be found here.
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Our weekly round-up of state and national news relevant to the social work profession in New Jersey
(subscription may be required to access some articles)

- NJ 101.5

- Press of Atlantic City

- NY Times

- Insider NJ

- Insider NJ

N.J. Has One of The Highest Rates of Deaths in County Jails. but Nobody Knows The Exact Numbers.

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30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Main: 732-296-8070
Fax: 732-296-8074

Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Jennifer Thompson, MSW
Executive Director          

Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison

Life, Death, Life Again: Children Sentenced to Die in Prison is a verbatim play that shares the stories of four people sentenced to die in prison for violent crimes committed as children, and a victim's grandson who chose to lead with forgiveness. The post-play panel discussion will feature leading experts in criminal justice reform and restorative justice.  

This performance is presented by coLAB Arts, The Monmouth University Center for the Arts with the Department of Political Science and Sociology, Department of Criminal Justice, the School of Social Work at Monmouth University, and NASW-NJ.

The performance is free for the public but donations are greatly appreciated. To reserve your tickets, click here

WHEN: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15pm
WHERE: Pollak Theater of Monmouth University
400 Cedar Avenue West
Long Branch, NJ

This program is approved for two (2) Social Work CEU credits by the Monmouth University School of Social Work.
LSW & LCSW Test Prep Courses
This course includes:
  • your own copy of the Revised ASWB Masters or Clinical Exam Guide ($90 value!) 
  • a personal code to download the app version of the book 
  • access to the interactive practice test and supplemental materials
Cost: $120 for members, $160 for non-members

LSW - Masters Prep Course
December 14 - Register (only 4 seats left!)
January 12 - Register

LCSW - Clinical Prep Course
December 7 - Register
February 8 - Register
Upcoming CE Programs!

Vicarious Trauma: The Cost of Caring
(2 Clinical CEUs)
December 3 from 6:00-8:00pm in Whippany
Presenter: Connie Palmer, LCSW

Hidden Victims: Domestic Violence and Older Adults
(2 Clinical CEUs)
December 12 from 6:00-8:00pm in Mt. Laurel
Presenter: Catherine Nakonetschny, LCSW

Check back on our Calendar for when we add more courses to our schedule!

3-Day Clinical Supervision Course 
(20 CEUs)

These courses are for those who have held their LCSW for at least 3 years and who wish to supervise LSWs seeking their clinical hours. The course meets the NJ BSWE requirement for 20 continuing education credits related to supervision, and also includes 5 Ethics and 3 Social/Cultural Competence CEUs. This course is held at our NASW office in North Brunswick.

Cost: $350 for NASW members, $425 for non-members

Sunday January 13 through Tuesday January 15
Presented by Tawanda Hubbard, DSW, LCSW
Info & Registration
Clinical Supervision webinar
New! "Impact Your Outcome" Series

Maybe you are looking for a promotion or maybe you're just ready for a job change!  We created this  Impact Your Outcome Series
to help you invest in yourself.

These are all FREE  for members, $25 for non-members.

Public Speaking & Communication Skills for Social Workers
Tuesday, 12/4 from 6-7pm via webinar

How to Become a NJ School Social Worker
Monday, 12/10 from 6:30-7:30pm via webinar

More webinars in this series coming soon!
All courses on the Social Work Online CE Institute are valid for NJ social workers.

The Middlesex Unit hosted  Sarah Lundy, LSW, RYT to speak about Trauma-Informed Interventions including trauma sensitive yoga and horticultural therapy. Sarah highlighted the uses of mindfulness, aromatherapy and yogic breathing in personal and clinical practice. 
Why Broadening Public Charge Hurts Immigrant Families

Public charge has been part of U.S. immigration law for more than 100 years as a ground of inadmissibility and deportation. An individual who is likely at any time to become a public charge (rely on government subsistence) is inadmissible to the United States and ineligible to become a legal permanent resident. The Trump administration recently proposed a rule that broadens the public charge test, to include most Medicaid programs, housing assistance, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and even assistance for seniors who need help paying for prescription drugs. The proposed rule also adds a radical income test and details how being a child or senior, having a number of children, not speaking English well, or having a medical condition could be held against immigrants seeking permanent legal status. The proposed rule has already made immigrant families afraid to seek programs that support their basic needs. Groups all over the country are monitoring and planning to fight the public charge rule change. NASW will be submitting comments to the Trump administration separately and in coalition with Protecting Immigrant Families. 

Take action today! Submit your own comments and educate others on how the proposed rule harms immigrants. Deadline to submit public comments is December 10.


Looking to gain leadership experience?! 
Volunteer on the NASW-NJ Membership Committee!

We are currently seeking additional members to join the Membership Committee. 
The Membership Committee is charged with the recruitment, retention and growth of NASW-NJ's membership.  Committee members consult with staff on member services, participate in the planning of membership events, and develop outreach strategies for engaging members and potential members.  

If you would like more information or to be considered, please contact 
Christina Mina, Director of Member Services,

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards for social workers, and to advance sound social policies.
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