• NASW-IL Staff

June 2020 - Three Rivers District Update

Updated: Jun 3

Diana Alejandro, Three Rivers District Chair

June is the first month of summer. It’s a time for gatherings with family and friends, and a time for bar-be-ques, weddings, graduations, vacations, and festivals. June is Pride Month when we commemorate the Stonewall Riots which were the results of continued harassment and social discrimination of gays and lesbians in NYC. Yet June 2020 is anything but normal. We have spent the last two-and-half months at home due to COVID-19, and in fact, some of us are still under a stay-at-home mandate. Celebrations are marked with social distancing and masks in tow, and people are still getting sick. These are some of the challenges which we have tried to accept as part of the new normal. And now, we are brought face to face with the racism and injustice which the black community continues to experience with the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man pinned down by a white police officer as he pleaded, “I can’t breathe,” and “Don’t kill me.” We should be horrified that these events continue to happen. We are better than this. We need to do better. Our ethical principals are based on our core values of dignity and worth of the person, service, and justice. As social workers, it is our ethical duty to bring change. So let us not return to “normal.” Let us return to a new world where we stand with our Black, Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, American Indian, LGBTQ brothers and sisters and fight for their rights. I am grateful to be surrounded by a group of individuals who will continue to fight against racism, xenophobia, misogynisim, police brutality, and all injustices. I wish you all peace.

Welcome our new chapter member Nicole Walsh, and thank you to our 50 renewed and reinstated members.

DISTRICT EVENTS

As things slowly begin to reopen in the state, we will continue to host our district events virtually. Stay tuned for more information on our next CEU event. If you have suggestions of presenters, topics or would like to propose a training yourself, please reach out (threerivers@socialworkers.org)

ANNUAL SOCIAL WORK AWARDS – NOMINATIONS NEEDED!

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Nomination Form: https://naswil.wufoo.com/forms/2020-social-work-awards-nomination-form/

Now more than ever, social workers deserve recognition on the ways they’ve been contributing to their communities. Nominations are now being accepted for the annual NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Awards. Please consider nominating an individual in your area who’s going above and beyond and deserves recognition for all of their hard work. The chapter is seeking nominations in the following categories: Social Worker of the Year; Public Citizen of the Year; Lifetime Achievement Award; and Emerging Social Work Leader. For more details about the awards, go to: https://www.naswil.org/post/accepting-nominations-for-the-2020-social-work-awards. All nominees except Public Citizen of the Year must be current NASW members.

CHAPTER ELECTIONS

Election results for the 2020 NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors have been announced. Please check the website for full results: https://www.naswil.org/post/2020-nasw-illinois-chapter-election-results. Welcome to all new and returning board members!

COVID-19 NEWS & RESOURCES

The NASW-Illinois Chapter is continuing to share news and information pertaining to COVID-19 and how best to continue administering services at this time as reopening begins in our state. Please be sure to continue checking resources listed at the below links—all are updated on a near daily basis as new information gets shared.

National NASW Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources: https://www.socialworkers.org/Practice/Infectious-Diseases/Coronavirus

NASW-Illinois Chapter COVID-19 Updates page: https://www.naswil.org/blog/categories/covid-19

NASW Illinois MyNASW Community (NASW-member only): http://mynasw.socialworkers.org/naswil

OTHER CHAPTER NEWS

New NASW Practice Alert: COVID-19 Resources for School Social Workers

Legislative Thank You to Illinois Social Workers 2020

House Passes HEROES Act

COVID-19: Practice Guidelines for Reopening Social Work Practices

New NASW Practice Alert: COVID-19 Advance Care Planning in Health Care Practice

Medicare Now Reimbursing for Audio-Only Psychotherapy

NASW urges Congress, White House to include funding for PPE for social workers

State-by-State Guide to the Rules/Laws About Telehealth Services Across State Lines

News on In-Person CEU Requirement for 2021 Licensure Renewal: https://www.naswil.org/post/news-on-in-person-ceu-requirement-for-2021-licensure-renewal

For more, go to the NASW-Illinois Chapter News page: https://www.naswil.org/blog


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