L.A. confronts sharp rise in over-62 homeless population | Commentary: Youth violence response is spread too thin | Social worker's nonprofit brings fun to D.C.'s young homeless motel tenants
July 20, 2018
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L.A. confronts sharp rise in over-62 homeless population
Los Angeles officials were surprised by a 22% increase this year in the over-62 population of homeless people -- an exception to the overall slight drop in homelessness. Rising housing costs and medical costs have been cited as driving factors for the trend.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (7/19) 
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Commentary: Youth violence response is spread too thin
Chicago programs aimed at curbing youth violence are diluted by their application to low-income young people in general and should focus on the high-risk minority, a consultant writes. Toni Irving, executive director of Get IN Chicago, cites data linking gun violence to a small percentage of youth with common underlying issues such as a history of abuse and poor school attendance.
The Chronicle of Social Change (7/19) 
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Social worker's nonprofit brings fun to D.C.'s young homeless motel tenants
A social worker's nonprofit in Washington, D.C., is helping address one downside of the city's use of motels to shelter homeless families: Pools and other common areas are off limits to children. The Homeless Children's Playtime Project arranges the supervised opening of ballrooms and other spaces so that children can play.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/19) 
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Report: La., D.C. have most at-risk students
Report: La., D.C. have most at-risk students
Louisiana and Washington, D.C., have the most at-risk students in the country, and New Hampshire and New Jersey have the fewest at-risk students, according to a ranking by the financial website WalletHub. The analysis considers 14 federal measurements, including literacy assessments and graduation rates, along with obesity, mental health indicators and homelessness.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/19) 
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Government & Policy
Texas Senate panel says more mental health help needed in schools
A special Texas Senate committee examining ways to curb school violence acknowledged the need for more counseling and mental health care but voiced concerns about funding availability. The panel was formed after a shooting at Santa Fe High School that took 10 lives.
The Texas Tribune (7/18) 
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Career Insights
Surround yourself with honest, dependable people
Spend your time and energy with people who believe in you and are willing to offer constructive criticism, and avoid people who reveal themselves to be self-absorbed and conniving, writes LaRae Quy. "While we need different types of personalities in our life to bring out the best in us, only share your dreams and goals with people who value them as much as you do," she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (7/18) 
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How to deflect undeserved blame
If you are being scolded by a boss, there are ways to tactfully avoid blame, Kat Boogaard writes. Consider pointing out that you lacked crucial information and ask to discuss the issue at a team meeting.
The Muse (7/17) 
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NASW Updates
Additional resource for clinical social workers
Incident to Billing outlines Medicare guidelines for clinical social workers to deliver services under a physician or psychologist. The frequent question from clinical social workers who want to hire social workers who do not have a clinical license or other mental health professionals (LPCs, LMFTs, etc.) and bill insurance for their services is also addressed.
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What do social workers need to know about public housing and smoking?
Did you know all federally funded public housing is going smoke-free by July 31? In this webinar, the National Center for Health in Public Housing reviews the HUD rule and options Medicaid offers for smoking cessation services.
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