November 2022 - Chicago District Update
Michael Mallory, Chicago District Chair
Happy fall, Chicago!
I cannot believe that we are now venturing into the holiday season and nearing winter! Hopefully many of you have been able to enjoy some of the comfortable weather we have been having as of late! Knowing that this time of year can be difficult for many, I encourage all of you to exercise self-compassion and grace to help manage the challenges to come.
While we march into November, I am hoping to see many of you at the NASW-Illinois Chapter Hybrid Conference. I will be attending in person and welcome all of you to come say hello! Personally, I am very excited to be able to attend this conference so that I can knock out some of these special CEU requirements as well as be able to network with all of you!
Please review the section below as there are various important updates. An additional section is related to loan forgiveness opportunities that may be helpful for you and your broader networks.
New Student Loan Repayment Program Launches for Community Behavioral Health Care Professionals
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has launched the application for a student loan repayment assistance program to support qualified mental health and substance abuse professionals. The Community Behavioral Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program is designed as an incentive for recruitment and retention of those who practice in underserved or rural areas. Read the full article HERE.
NASW-Illinois Chapter Announces 2022 Illinois General Election Endorsements
While every election seems pivotal, the upcoming election will greatly determine the future of social work and human services in Illinois. Many of the crucial decisions that impact funding for human services, reforms for DCFS and DOC, and protections for our clients in the state will be made by leaders elected by Illinois citizens on November 8th. Therefore, it is crucial to endorse candidates who support legislation and policies consistent with the goals of the social work profession. Read the full list of NASW-IL endorsements for the 2022 Illinois General Election HERE.
2022 NASW-Illinois Chapter Hybrid Conference: Reconnecting Through Social Work
The NASW-Illinois Chapter is back to meeting in person for this year’s conference! Taking place in a hybrid format, we’ll be offering in-person CEUs on November 17, 2022, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville in Lisle, IL, and running it back as a live virtual conference on Thursday, December 1, 2022. The agenda has been released, and I highly encourage all of you to consider attending so that you can obtain the special CEU that is required of us licensed folx related to Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment. For more information click HERE.
2021–2023 LSW/LCSW Licensure News and Updates
This is a super important update as our 2023 renewal is rather complex due to new CEU requirements. That said, the NASW-IL team has put together a helpful article that expands more about these changes. Please review this as there are some new expectations. Click ME to read about these changes.