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January 2022 - Southern District Update

Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCT

Southern District Chair

Happy New Year, Southern District!

Happy new year to all, and welcome to the year 2022. Here’s hoping this update finds you and your family well. A new year is a time for new beginnings and a deeper reflection on both our personal and professional goals. What are your aspirations for the new year? Are there goals that you would like to accomplish in 2022? Maybe your goal is driven by your personal aspirations, or perhaps it is professionally driven. No matter the goal, I encourage you to be intentional as you embark upon a new year full of possibilities. I want to welcome both new and existing district members, and thank you for being a part of our organization. We are stronger when we unite as one. Please be on the lookout for district events for 2022, and I hope that you can join us at our future events.

Best regards,

Diona Shelton, LCSW, CATP, CCTP

Upcoming Southern District Networking Event

Please mark your calendars! The Southern District is preparing for its next networking event that will be held on January 21st from 10-11 a.m.

Abi Amstutz-Spencer is a Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor from Peoria, IL. Though currently a full-time student at Illinois State University, she teaches weekly yoga in a variety of community, studio and gym settings. She is especially passionate about completing the stress cycle, or trauma response, in body-kind ways by using intuitive mindfulness practices. (If you ever get caught in an elevator with her, prepare for a pitch on all things nervous-system-self-care.) In addition to teaching, and studenting, Abi is an author, primarily of poetry and affirmations. But mostly, she’s so honored to meet you. As she would say, “All of the goodness in me sees, honors and loves all of the goodness in you.” This event is designed to blend mind, body and spirit through trauma informed yoga and mindfulness practices. You can look forward to an informative presentation on the intersection of trauma and mindfulness healing modalities (mind), an all-abilities chair yoga session (body) and a guided meditation and breath exercise (spirit). Come with your questions, your tight shoulders and your spinning mind- there is space to soften, get answers, and restore self-care intentions.


Federal Rule to Prevent Surprise Health Care Billing

Under a new federal rule to protect consumers from surprise health care bills, clinical social workers (CSW) and other health care provider types must, effective January 1, 2022, provide a good faith estimate (GFE) of expected charges that may be billed for items and services to individuals who are uninsured (e.g., not enrolled in any health plan or coverage) or who are self-pay (e.g., not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage). The GFE must be provided both orally and in writing, upon request or at the time of scheduling health care items and services, and within specific timeframes. Read more here.

  • NASW members only: For further conversation about the federal rule, see this active thread on the national MyNASW board.

2019–2021 LSW/LCSW Licensure News and Updates

This month we’ve had a rash of updates to report as IDFPR provided several changes to the 2019–2021 licensure cycle. In short, the IDFPR website is now allowing for LSW and LCSW licensees to renew online, and the deadline to renew and obtain CEUs for the current licensure cycle beginning on December 1, 2019, has been extended to February 28, 2022. We have been monitoring and responding to many member questions about renewal in the NASW Illinois community in MyNASW. For updates as they are announced, please make sure you are enrolled in the NASW Illinois community in MyNASW.

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