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the law change; and lastly the Accessibility Work Group looking at the issues of how to assure there will be sufficient numbers of qualified supervisors to supervise social workers seeking licensure in the state with a special focus on greater Minnesota. The work groups have been busy brainstorming ad creating resources that, after our January deadline to complete our work, will be publicized posted on a

website hosted by the NASW. resources will assist the social

We are hoping the work community in

meeting

the

new

standards,

come

August

2011,

with

greater ease. Look for an announcement about results of these work groups and the website in next newsletter.

the the

tried to fight but were ultimately overruled leaving new social workers to pay this higher fee.

I hope I have covered all the issues that are impor- tant to your and our organization. If I have missed any I promise to continue updates in future newslet- ters or emails.

As we have been told by Laura Groshong, LICSW (Di- rector, Government Relations, Clinical Social Work Association) Minnesota has an unusually cooperative relationship between its social work organizations that allow for effective coordination and advocating

for the needs throughout the

of social

state.

I

workers and their encourage you to

clients get in-

Also being addressed is a proposed DHS/MA in- crease in the reimbursement rate for interns to a level closer to that of fully licensed mental health professionals. The discussion on this one is that in this era of billable hours and the need for productiv- ity it has become harder for licensed professionals in

agencies to licensees. higher rate

take the time to provide supervision for It is hoped that if interns can bill at a it will give agencies some additional fi-

nancial support to allow qualified supervisors time out of their week to supervise licensees agency.

to

take

in

their

At the December meeting we had a spirited conver- sation about DHS’ proposed changes for supervision

requirements around MA reimbursement.

We were

able

to

get

an

early

copy

of

proposed

changes

and

will be presenting working on this.

the feedback to the DHS group There were significant concerns

about how restrictive the new requirements given the realities if many licensee’s practice tions and supervision arraignments the requirements might actually get in the way of

were, loca- new mak-

ing sure we have well trained and supervised social workers after the new law passes. Along

new with

the

requirements

for

supervision

will

be

new

stan-

dards for diagnostic assessment. as it comes in.

More news on that

Another issue was the ASWB’s fee increase of 31% for LSW’s and LGSW’s and 49% for LICSW’s to take the licensing exam. The coalition and the organiza- tions we support, as well as the MN Board of SW

volved and or time.

when you receive the requests for comments political action that we email out from time to

MSCSW Mission Statement:

The Minnesota Society for Clinical Social Work ad- vances the practice of clinical social work through professional development, endorsing ethical practice standards and through legislative and community advocacy on behalf of our clients. Organizational Values:

  • Commitment to the dignity, well-being and self- determination of the individual

  • Commitment to professional practice characte- rized by competence and integrity

  • Commitment to a society, which offers oppor- tunities to all members in a just and non- discriminatory manner.

Organizational Goals:

  • Disseminate research and educate professional Disseminate research and educate professional social workers in best practices

  • Uphold and promote ethical and responsible standards in social work

  • Advocate optimum mental health services and ethical practice for all stakeholders (constituents, citizens) through legislative endeavors.

  • Collaborate with educational and public organi- zations to promote clinical social work practice.

MSCSW Newsletter – Winter 2010

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