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September 2021 - Three Rivers District Update

Becka Ross, MSW, LCSW

Three Rivers District Chair

August has proven to be another impactful month on mental health. The demand for social workers continues to rise. Thank you for showing up when you are needed the most. Remember to take care of yourself. Thank you for your membership and commitment to NASW. Your membership allows NASW to provide support and advocate for the important issues that us social workers are managing every day. I’d also like to send a warm welcome to all of our new members!

I am very pleased to honor the 2021 NASW-Illinois Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Andrew C. Teitelman (MA, The University of Chicago; LCSW, ACSW) of the Three Rivers District.

“Andrew began his social work career at Metropolitan Family Services in 1975 where he served as clinician, supervisor, and program director. He served in a number of roles within the agency, culminating in his role as executive vice president. In 2003, he transitioned to the Chicago House Authority (CHA) as deputy managing director of resident services. He is credited with many accomplishments that directly supported the quality of life and opportunity for residents. In 2008, he became vice president of resident services at CHA. He established partnerships with major utilities to launch the “All Clear” program assisted public housing residents to clear their utility bills by matching their payments. In six years, 23,000 residents cleared more than $3 million of debt.

In his final role at CHA as director of senior services from 2013 until his retirement in 2018, Andrew was responsible for assisting nearly 11,000 senior households with services and activities to help seniors age in place. He was also responsible for overseeing more than 60 health partnerships focused on improving resident access to services and address critical health needs of all residents.

Andrew is also past president (2001–2003) of the NASW-Illinois Chapter and presently serves as co-chair of the Older Adults Shared Interest Group (SIG). He is also giving back to Chicago through his service as co-chair of the Chicago-Shanghai Sister Cities Social Services Exchange Sub-committee which focuses on sharing best practices for work with older adults.”

See the complete list of award recipients HERE.


  1. A Meeting of the Profession: 2021 Multistate NASW Conference taking place October 21–22In partnership with NASW-North Dakota and NASW-Nevada, NASW-Illinois will offer an engaging conference and up to 8.0 CEUs. Learn more here:

  2. Full list of events can be found here:

Thank you for your continued support of NASW-IL—your membership is invaluable. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to e-mail me at

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