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Walter X. Kalman, MSW, LSW
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Congress Repeals Flawed Medicare Payment Formula
Last night Congress passed a bill that would do away with a flawed Medicare payment formula that had slashed reimbursement rates for providers by 21%.  The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Medicare payment formula went into effect on April 1st after Congress was previously unable to reach an agreement on a bill to repeal the formula in March.  CMS has been holding claims reimbursements since April 1st on a “rolling hold” basis to mitigate the impact on clinicians until Congress could agree on a repeal of the formula.
The bill titled the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is now headed to President Obama’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law. In the bill, the SGR will be replaced in 5 years with a new Medicare funding formula – the first since 1997.  Under the new formula, clinicians will be paid more if they meet certain quality criteria that will be developed once the bill is signed into law by President Obama. This is great news for social work clinicians who will not be receiving a 21% cut in reimbursement rates.  However, NASW and social workers need to pay attention to the details of the new formula to make sure we do not face the same kind of cuts in rates going forward.
In addition, the bill also reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for 2 more years and provided funding for community health centers.

New Jersey Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE): Building Political Power for Social Workers

Did you know the NASW-NJ political action committee, PACE, helps elect and build relationships with candidates who support NASW issues and the social work profession?

Of all the candidates we support, we love to support social workers who are running for political office in New Jersey. If you are running for your local School Board, local Council, County Board of Freeholders, or a State Senate or Assembly seat, let us know!

Contact Renee Koubiadis, NASW- NJ Advocacy Coordinator at or 732-296-8070 x 14.

NASW Supports the Obama Administration Call to Ban the Use of Conversion Therapy

In March 2013, NASW-NJ Members Jacquelyn Warr-Williams, DSW, LCSW and Kathryn Dixon, MSW, LCSW testified before the NJ Legislature on A-3371, a measure that would ban a process called “conversion therapy." Conversion therapy attempts to change sexual orientation.

The bill passed the NJ Legislature and, after a federal appeals court in Philadelphia dismissed a challenge to the New Jersey law, Governor Chris Christie signed the measure in 2013. This outlawed the therapy in the Garden State.

Last week, President Barack Obama joined calls for a ban on gay "conversion therapy," promoting state-level efforts to prohibit mental health professionals from attempting to change a person's sexual orientation.

This week, NASW National applauded the Obama Administration for clearly stating “this Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors.”

NASW reaffirms its stance against reparative therapy and other sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) designed to change sexual orientation or to refer clients to practitioners or programs that claim to do so.

Here's what NASW said:

"NASW does not condone nor support the use of SOCE or so-called Reparative Therapies by any person identifying as a social worker or any agency that identifies as providing social work services. Public dollars should also not be used to support SOCE.

Participate in the We the People online petition for federal law against reparative therapy. And be sure to read “A Guide for Understanding, Supporting, and Affirming LGBTQI2-S Children, Youth and Families” from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. NASW endorsed this document.

No evidence exists that reparative therapy or conversion therapy is effective. Instead it has had a negative impact on the mental health and self-esteem of individuals...

Starting in 1992, NASW has issued updated position statements recognizing the negative and stigmatizing impact of the use of ‘conversion or reparative therapies’ in an attempt to change or modify a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity."

If you need information or have questions regarding NASW's position on reparative therapy, you can contact NASW Senior Policy Associate Evelyn Tomaszewski, MSW, at

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Special Film & CE Program: Spirit  Children

Utilizing and Expanding Cultural Competence in International Social Work: Working with Ghana’s Children with Special Needs
(3 Social/Cultural CEUs)
Instructor: Lorna Hines-Cunningham, LCSW, PR/LCSW, ACSW

Friday, April 24, 2015
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

NASW-NJ Chapter Office
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ

Spirit Children is a film that depicts the daily lives and experiences of children in Ghana who have been abandoned due to being disabled.spirit children image Their families and communities have identified them as a “bad omen” due to their disabilities. These children may risk death without shelter, support and family. Some of these children are brought to an orphanage in Ghana called the Nazareth Home for Children, where they are cared for and educated.

Filmmakers Ralph and Zelda Patterson, who designed, produced and directed Spirit Children, will be present to briefly discuss their experiences.

Lorna Hines-Cunningham, who was so moved by the film that she went to Ghana to volunteer, will be facilitating the workshop. To register, click HERE.

Cost for this special film discussion:
NASW Member- $10.00
NASW Gold Card Member- $10.00
NASW Student Member- $10.00
Non-Member- $20.00

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2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference Pre-Registration Has Ended, but Onsite Registration Will Be Available

Join us for the Meeting of the Profession -
The 2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference & Exhibition
Creating a Culture of Collaboration

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May 3-5, 2015

Borgata Hotel & Casino

Atlantic City, NJ

Registration desk opens:
- Sunday, May 3rd at 9am
- Monday May 4th at 6:45am
- Tuesday May 5th at 6:45am

On-site registration is based on available courses.

For information on how/when to register on-site at the Borgata, click HERE.

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*New* Environmental Justice
Special Interest Group Meets

NASW-NJ’s new Environmental Justice Special Interest Group (EJ SIG) met on April 16th. Members attended to show their support for and be a part of the organization’s new venture into the Environmental Justice Movement.

The group held discussions on the importance of social work in environmental justice, as well as reviewing the Roundtable Discussion event held on April 1st with multiple environmental justice organizations.

After reviewing the expectations of a Special Interest Group, the attendees established an initial plan of action. The EJ SIG will meet again on May 14th at the Chapter offices.

Any NASW-NJ member interested in these issues is invited to join. Check our calendar for updates and to register for the next meeting.

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Addictions Special Interest Group

Thursday, April 23, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Where: Conference Call

Contact: Renee Koubiadis
Phone: 732-296-8070 x 14

Click HERE to Register

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MSW Students: Steps to Obtain Your Social Work License!

As graduation approaches, many students want to know the quickest way to get their Social Work Licenses (LSW).

NASW-NJ has developed a detailed checklist of the steps you must take to get an LSW in New Jersey. The checklist has been reviewed and approved by the NJ Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE/Licensing Board). We provide this checklist so that you will not need to contact the BSWE to complete your application.
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CLICK HERE or go to our website ( under Licensing for a link to the checklist. Please follow these steps, in order, for the smoothest path to licensure.

Remember: You can now take the exam (ASWB Master’s exam) any time after you have registered for the final semester of your MSW program. You will need to provide documentation to the BSWE from the institution where you are enrolled for the last semester of your MSW program.

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Impact 100 Makes $204,000 in
New Grants Available

Nonprofit Information Sessions in April

Impact 100 Garden State, a philanthropic women's organization, is offering two $102,000 grants to nonprofit organizations in New Jersey. The grants must be used to fund programs in Morris, Impact 100 logoPassaic, Somerset, or Sussex counties. Grant applicants should focus on one of five grant categories--Arts and Culture; Children and Families; Education; Environment; or Health and Wellness. All applications must be submitted online by May 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

To help nonprofit organizations better understand the application process and grant criteria, staff and leadership are invited to attend one of three Impact 100 Information Sessions. Grant applicants are not required to attend these sessions, but have found them to be helpful in the past.

For more information or to register for a session go to

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Presenters & Agencies! Apply to the CE Approval Collaborative

Do you offer a quality, cutting-edge course for social work professionals in New Jersey?
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Would you like your course to be more attractive to social work professionals by offering continuing education credits?

If you answered YES to these questions, we invite you to apply to The New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative (CE Approval Collaborative).

The CE Approval Collaborative is recognized by the New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE) as an approving entity for social work continuing education credits in this state and will offer a comprehensive review process for the approval of quality social work continuing education courses.

Application and materials are available on the NASW-NJ Website through the Continuing Education drop-down menu. The CE Approval Collaborative must receive your application at least 90 days before your course will occur.

Eligibility & Application HERE

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Upcoming Test Prep Courses

LSW - Masters

Test Preparation Course

May 16, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

NASW-NJ Chapter Office
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Cost for this course:
NASW Member- $110.00
Non-Member Price- $150.00

Info & Registration HERE

LCSW - Clinical
Test Preparation Course

May 21, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

NASW-NJ Chapter Office
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Cost for this course:
NASW Member- $110.00
Non-Member Price- $150.00

Info & Registration HERE

LCSW - Clinical

Test Preparation Course

June 18, 2015

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

NASW-NJ Chapter Office
30 Silverline Drive, Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Cost for this course:
NASW Member- $110.00
Non-Member Price- $150.00

Info & Registration HERE

Private Practice Special Interest Group (PPSIG) Meetings

Middlesex PPSIG

Friday, April 17, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm

NASW Chapter Office
30 Silverline Drive
Suite 3
North Brunswick, NJ  08902

Topic: Senate Bill S2180 and Medical Necessity: How It Affects Your Practice
Speaker: Walter Kalman, NASW-NJ Executive Director and Renee Koubiadis, Advocacy Coordinator

Click HERE to Register

Mercer/Burlington PPSIG

Monday, May 11, 2015
9:30 - 11:00 am

1530 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

This group will meet to support NASW-NJ members in Private Practice and discuss the experiences of this unique Social Work practice setting.

Click HERE to Register

North/Central PPSIG

Monday, May 11, 2015
12:00 – 2:00 pm

The People Care Center
120 Finderne Avenue
Conference Room
Bridgewater, NJ  08807

Brown Bag Lunch

Click HERE to Register

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NOTE: Caitlin Ryan will be a keynote speaker at the 2015 NASW-NJ Annual Conference
Audio] “Families Are Forever” Explores Impact of Faith And Family On Utah’s LGBT Youth
Utah Public Radio
In 2002 Caitlin Ryan founded the Family Acceptance Project, an organization which, in part, studies the impact of family acceptance or rejection on the health and well-being of LGBT youth. As part of Utah State University’s Research Week, Ryan has been invited to present her own research, which includes a short, yet powerful film entitled “Families Are Forever.” The film follows the journey of the Montgomery’s, a Mormon family, as they struggled then learned to support their gay 13-year-old son Jordan Montgomery.

Teenagers Face Early Death, on Their Terms
The New York Times
A national push to have end-of-life discussions before a patient is too sick to participate has focused largely on older adults. When patients are under 18 and do not have legal decision-making authority, doctors have traditionally asked anguished parents to make advanced-care choices on their behalf. More recently, providers have begun approaching teenagers and young adults directly, giving them a voice in these difficult decisions, though parents retain legal authority for underage patients.… The intention was to create a way for them “to make choices about what nurtures, protects and affirms their remaining life and how they wish to be remembered,” said Lori Wiener, a social worker and principal investigator on the research that led to the planning guide.

Martinez Oks Student Loan Aid for Social Workers
Santa Fe New Mexican
Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill Wednesday that is designed to increase the number of social workers in key state jobs by establishing a repayment program for their student loans. It would be funded by a $450,000 appropriation that is contained in the state budget, which Martinez is considering as a separate bill. Reps. Jimmie Hall, R-Albuquerque, and Doreen Gallegos, D-Las Cruces, sponsored the measure for the loan repayment program, House Bill 341. “This is going to help with retention and recruitment” of social workers, Hall said in a phone interview. “Something helping kids is about as bipartisan a bill as you can have.”

Bill Would Allow Adoption Agencies to Turn Away Gay Couples
The Orlando Sentinel
But Jim Akin, executive director of the Florida chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, pointed to 859 children awaiting adoption statewide. “Any bill that puts up any barriers, that’s going to decrease the opportunities for these children to be adopted, is bad policy,” Akin said.

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Note: All of the courses listed in the Social Work Online CE Institute are valid for New Jersey licensed social workers.

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