White social workers who aim to follow the National Association of Social Workers' Code of Ethics should check in with minority clients in the wake of the Charlottesville, Va., violence and should take steps to educate themselves on the US white supremacist movement, writes social work professor Elspeth Slayter. She also recommends they speak out about their own views and examine how they may have benefited from white privilege.
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A number of states are launching programs modeled after Kentucky's Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams program, which aims to help opioid-addicted parents get clean before they lose custody of their children permanently. Kentucky's START program includes home visits, help paying for child care and transportation and mentorship.
Social work veteran and child welfare consultant Marie Cohen strongly criticizes a recent New York Times article characterizing child removal by welfare agencies as unwarranted punishment of poor families. "The reporters' fixation on child removals ignores the overall trend in New York City away from placing children in foster care and toward providing supportive services to families while the children remain at home," she notes.
The rate of drug overdose deaths among youths ages 15 to 19 in the US more than doubled between 1999 and 2015, with a 19% increase from 2014 to 2015, according to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Researchers also found that most drug overdose deaths in 2015 were accidental and caused by opioids.
Kentucky's first Adoption and Foster Care Czar has listed cutting red tape, upgrading technology and helping children before they enter the foster system among his top priorities. "Our workforce comes into this space for social work, but they end up in Kentucky doing paperwork and that's a problem," Dan Dumas said.
Passing up a large-scale expansion of its Medicaid program available under Obamacare, Utah has submitted a more limited plan that would insure homeless people making about $600 a year or less, as well as people who need mental health or substance abuse treatment.
A bill signed into law this week by President Donald Trump expands educational benefits for military veterans by, among other things, lifting the 15-year limit for veterans to use their GI Bill benefits and increasing financial aid for members of the National Guard and Reserve. Mark Lucas, executive director of Concerned Veterans for America, praised the Forever GI Act as "meaningful reform."
Employees want to feel they are valued, to receive respect and be acknowledged, writes David Grossman. Managers should also know teams want "regular, tangible, specific, constructive feedback," he writes.
During any period of uncertainty, acknowledge people's fears but do so without using pessimistic language, writes Kris Boesch. Don't let fear stop you or your employees from performing the daily tasks that still need to be done.
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