Social workers on-site to meet mental health needs at Mont. hospital | More Conn. children stay home as child protectors make house calls | For millions with addiction, bad news from the Senate
June 23, 2017
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Social workers on-site to meet mental health needs at Mont. hospital
A team of five licensed clinical social workers and five nurses will augment behavioral health services at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. Primary care physicians will refer patients to the team to determine whether mental health services are needed.
Billings Gazette (Mont.) (6/22) 
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Breaking News
More Conn. children stay home as child protectors make house calls
Connecticut's Department of Children and Families is increasingly providing in-home help with drug issues, parenting skills and other needs as an alternative to child removal for suspected mistreatment. Family-Based Recovery reflects a strategy shift that's part of a national trend.
New Haven Register (Conn.) (6/21) 
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For millions with addiction, bad news from the Senate
By slashing Medicaid and allowing states to free insurers from covering mental health and addiction, the Senate health bill would worsen America's opioid crisis, commentator Megan Molteni asserts. Medicaid is the largest payer for mental health and substance abuse treatment in a nation where 2.5 million people are dealing with opioid addiction, she writes.
Wired online (6/22) 
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Government & Policy
Commentary: Texas invited mess with religious exemptions law
Texas child welfare officials are in for administrative challenges under a new law allowing religious exemptions for child welfare contractors, writes John Kelly of The Chronicle of Social Change. The state's Department of Family and Protective Services "will have its hands full making sure the protections in this bill are lived up to. And if they are not -- if sexually active teens are not given say in medical decisions, if LGBT youth aren't provided appropriate counseling or peer opportunities -- there is no doubt the agency will see legal challenges," he writes.
The Chronicle of Social Change (6/22) 
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Mo. youth in foster care now have bill of rights
Missouri now has a Foster Care Bill of Rights with an emphasis on protection from sexual predators. Among the provisions is a ban on proximity to children's museums for people convicted of sex crimes against children.
KMIZ-TV (Columbia, Mo.) (6/22) 
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Career Insights
What makes for a good story?
A good story can inspire and illustrate in just a few words or examples, writes David Grossman, who offers a short table of what defines good storytelling.
LeaderCommunicator Blog (6/19) 
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Be mentally tougher by ignoring these 7 thoughts
Mental toughness means thinking of challenges as opportunities to overcome, writes LaRae Quy, who lists seven ways of thinking to get away from. Don't pretend pain or negativity can be avoided, or that emotions can't surface, and don't pretend you're nothing but a victim, she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (6/21) 
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NASW Updates
Learn why NASW is concerned about impact of proposed Medicaid cuts on veterans
NASW is a part of the Families USA Protect Our Care coalition that is working to preserve the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. Families USA just released a graphic and article about the devastating impact proposed Medicaid budget cuts would have on our veterans. Take time to learn what is at stake.
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Unlimited CEUs with On-Demand Webinars for SPS members!
The NASW Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) membership offers practice-specific on-demand webinars. View the 2016-2017 SPS On-Demand Webinar Catalog. Earn Self-Study CEUs ranging from topics on Child Welfare, Substance Abuse, Ethics, Clinical Social Work, and more! If you are not an SPS member, you can join the SPS community here.
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