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Monday, October 1

From the Pen of the Executive Director: October 2018

Joel L. Rubin, MSW, ACSW, CAE
NASW-Illinois Chapter Executive Director

This month's "From the Pen..." will be from NASW-Illinois Chapter Executive Director Joel Rubin. 

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, the NASW-Illinois Chapter will be presenting our third The Business of Social Work one-day conference. We started this conference back in 2014 with the aim of strengthening the business and entrepreneurial acumen of social workers as they venture into private practice, leadership, and management roles in the profession. The range of offerings in just one day are unique. When we started The Business of Social Work conference in 2014, I wrote about the importance of the business aspects of the profession. All the moreso as we approach the 2018 Business of Social Work conference.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Lisle at the end of the month. You can register at www.naswilmeets.org.

Some upcoming reminders….

Serve on an NASW Policy Statement Expert Panel

NASW is seeking members to actively serve on panels for the following policy statements. Panels will begin work in late 2018. If you are interested in serving visit: https://bit.ly/2HdCbhJ Please respond by October 19, 2018.

  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Sovereignty, Rights, and the Well-Being of Indigenous Peoples

2019 Natalie M. Ross Scholarship for Professional Development in Aging

This scholarship is intended to support an NASW-Illinois Chapter member and Illinois resident, who, while not working in the field of aging, is interested in exploring the field and the opportunities it presents for social workers. The award will be used to support the recipient’s attendance at the Annual American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Aging in America Conference. The award honors Natalie Ross, PhD, LCSW, who has always felt that the passion generated at ASA’s conferences is infectious, and that conference attendance is a highly effective way to encourage social workers to work with an aging population.

For more information and to apply go to: http://www.naswil.org/news/chapter-news/featured/2019-natalie-m-ross-scholarship-for-professional-development-in-aging/

Help with Loan Forgiveness and Social Workers

Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) is promoting one-time funding that can assist social workers seeking education loan forgiveness. The temporary funding acts as a patch for some who qualify for loan forgiveness under a ten-year plan that covers some workers if they have paid on their loans over the past ten years. As explained by Congressman Davis’s office: a recent funding bill allowed up to $500 million in loan forgiveness for the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The funds are to provide Public Service Loan Forgiveness for public servants who were denied Public Service Loan Forgiveness solely because they were in the wrong federal student loan payment plan. The funds go out on a first-come-first-served basis. Here is an overview of the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness from the website of the Department of Education: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service/temporary-expanded-public-service-loan-forgiveness#how-qualify.

Public servants must meet all of requirements for Public Service Loan Forgiveness except that they made payments on an ineligible payment plan. To qualify, public servants must have:

  • Submitted an application for Public Service Loan Forgiveness and had that application denied only because some or all of the payments were not made under a qualifying repayment plan;
  • Had at least 10 years of full-time employment certified by a qualifying employer and approved by FedLoan Servicing, the federal loan servicer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program;
  • Made 120 qualifying payments under the new requirements for the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program while working full-time for a qualifying employer or employers; and
  • Be Direct Loan borrowers (borrowers with loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan Program are not eligible for the opportunity).

Davis’s office indicates that public outreach is very important given the limited amount of funds available and given that that public servants must apply and be denied to qualify for this temporary opportunity. Many borrowers may not have formally applied for forgiveness if their servicers told them that they were in the incorrect payment plan and are ineligible. Congressional offices may be able to help borrowers submit their applications requesting expedited review by Federal Student Aid given the limited availability of these funds.

Joel L. Rubin, MSW, ACSW, CAE, has served as executive director of the 7,000 member Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) since October 1999. He has over twenty-five years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience including extensive work with boards of directors, committees and volunteers, and advocacy around a wide variety of social work, human service, and international political issues. Joel is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Fellowship Leadership Program and a current adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work as well as Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work.

Posted on 10/01/18 at 08:00 AM


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