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MN Society For Clinical Social Work

GENERATING EXCELLENCE IN CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK

Winter 2010

President’s Letter

Sarah Anderson Happy New Year MSCSW Members!

Where did the fall go? I swear I was just enjoying the barley crisp evenings and the beginning of the leaves to peek random color into the landscape.

Although it may have passed quickly, it was not without events that impact our clinical social work community.

First, our society has a new website! It is: www.clinicalsocialworkmn.org. We are committed to keeping it updated, and have even added more helpful information (downloadable CE brochures and membership application) as well as a new link for all our members listing a brief summary and purchase information on professional published writings. If you have published any work, and would like to share the information through our website, please email me. We are proud to post our mem- bers’ published information on our website!

This fall I decided to join CSWE as an individual member. Although I am serving as your president, and MSCSW is a society member, however CSWE is in great need to individual memberships in order to continue to provide a national voice for us. Clinical social work needs a voice, and one to be heard. With the impending changes to healthcare on the horizon

Inside This Issue Getting to Know Your Colleagues....................................2

Coalition Report..............................................................2 Committee Reports .........................................................4 Clinical Conversation ......................................................6 Supervise/Consultation List ..........................................11 Study Group News ........................................................12 Advertisements.............................................................13

Volume 30, Issue 1

I felt now was the time to write the check and offer more than my distant support. Here is a national CSWE update.

CSWE has refocused their direction as an associa- tion. They plan to be more resourceful to members as clinicians (which includes a new review of clinical articles on-line) and focus primarily on national lobbying for clinical social workers (and my good- ness we need it!). They are also active members in the national mental health board, which because of their active involvement, clinical social workers have a regular, strong, voice heard on many topics in- volving mental health.

Currently, an update on health care laws affecting us:

Substitute H.R. 3950, the Patient Protection and Af- fordable Care Act for All. As for clinical social work, the Senate bill (which includes most of the points that CSWA has had as priorities in health care reform) includes the following:

  • 1.

    reinstatement for LCSWs as independent clini- cians in Medicare Part A;

  • 2.

    mental health parity for all plans and in the ex- change;

  • 3.

    the Social Security Administration definition of clinical social work;

  • 4.

    $8 million in grant money for schools of social work to alleviate the shortage of social workers at the Bachelor and Master's level identified by the Department of Labor; and

  • 5.

    $10 million in grant money specifically for training of clinicians to work with children and adolescents with emotional problems.

Just the fact that "clinical social work" is mentioned 10 times in the Senate bill is a HUGE step for our profession!

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