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Wednesday, June 29

July 2016 - Chicago District Update

Grisel Rodriguez-Morales, MSW, LCSW

Cultural Competence CEU Event

It was wonderful seeing many of you at the CEU event we had on June 23rd at Loyola University Chicago (pictures below) where a panel of experts talked about issues faced by undocumented immigrants living in Illinois. Interestingly, this event took place just hours after the US Supreme Court’s 4–4 deadlock vote regarding relief of deportation. Our invited panelists helped us better understand the lives of individuals and families that -even though they contribute an estimated $11.64 billion in state and local taxes annually – face enormous barriers to accessing health, mental health, and social services. Attendees offered quite positive feedback about this event; and it was encouraging to see a mix of emergent, experienced, retired and semi-retired social workers -over 50 in all- engaged in discussion and eager to learn more about this population. Be in the lookout for future events offered with you in mind.

Tell Governor Rauner to Sign Senate Bill 2332!

Talking about ruling and votes. In 2007 the NASW Illinois Chapter pushed a bill which gave Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) the ability to bill Medicaid in the state of Illinois. Since that bill was passed, the state has failed to create rules in order to allow social workers to bill Medicaid for behavioral health services. We need your help in pushing our new initiative over the finish line: Senate Bill 2332. This bill will force the state to create rules to give LCSWs the ability to bill Medicaid. If we act now, we can give clients further access to behavioral health services when necessary and not only during times of crisis. By getting the governor to sign, social workers will also have the approval to serve the populations they are best fit to serve and diversify their revenue stream. Please complete a quick ACTION ALERT to tell Gov. Rauner to sign SB 2332.

The Business of Social Work: 2016 NASW Illinois Chapter Conference

Save $25.00 on Early Bird Registration for 2016 Conference! Early registration is now open for the upcoming The Business of Social Work: 2016 NASW Illinois Chapter Conference taking place Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the Hilton Lisle. Choose from over 10 workshops that will help you start a practice, grow your business, and become a leader. With up to 7.0 continuing education units (CEUs) including sessions on ethics and cultural competency, there's something for everyone. Register early and save!!!

We welcome the newest members to the NASW and Chicago District:

Adrienne Wilson, Alexandra Frenn, Amanda Walker, Amaryllis Rivera, Amy Marts, Ana Perez, Biyang Wang, Brenda Rock, Brenda Rosales, Brittany Hill, Camesha Jones, Cassandra Barfield, Constance Calice, Cynthia Hernandez, Gladys Reyes, Gladys Rodriguez, Gricelda Ramirez, Heather Blankenship, Hilary Hrusa, Jaclyn Walsh, Jeanette Lee, Jennifer Kinsey, Jessica Hewitt, Jessica Cortez, Joel Rivera, Joshua Meurer, Julia Ramirez, Kerry Cochrane, Kevin Becker, Lashaun Dumas, Laura Adams, Leah Jones, Lizeth Garcia, Luz Maria Vera Ortega, Marcus Smith, Maria Dolores Vaca, Marissa Rolenc, Martha Armenta-Robles, Mayra Albarran, Melanie Adams-Ausbrook, Mollie Ellis, Nina Limbeck, Olivia Blocker, Rolando Zavala, Shauna Stewart, Shelby Mussatto, Stephanie Navarrete, Tamarra Brown, Victoria Moreno, and Zoe Kolon

Posted on 06/29/16 at 03:43 PM

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