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Materials from Social Work Policy Summit Available

NASW Social Work Policy Institute

Dec 04, 2017

The Coalition for Policy Education and Practice in Social Work, of which NASW is a member, sponsored the summit, "Maximizing Social Work’s Impact in a Changing Political Landscape," in April 2017. A report, action brief, resource list, and graphic recording from the summit are available on the Web site of the NASW Social Work Policy Institute.

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NASW Continues To Advocate for Transgender Older Adults

NASW

Nov 27, 2017

Despite advocacy from NASW and other stakeholders, data collection on gender identity was excluded yet again in the federal government's proposed version of the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP). The NSOAAP yields important data that improves social service delivery to older adults in home and community settings. Read NASW’s comments urging the Administration for Community Living to enable transgender older adults to self-identify in the 2019 NSOAAP.

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ACL Releases Principles for Serious Illness, Informed by NASW

Administration for Community Living

Nov 21, 2017

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has published the final version of its Principles for Person-directed Services and Supports during Serious Illness. NASW provided input on a draft version of the document. These principles promote the right and ability of people with serious illness to direct their care and services. The principles will also inform policy discussions and enhance existing programs and services within ACL related to serious illness among older adults and individuals with disabilities.

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NASW Submits Comments to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

NASW

Nov 17, 2017

In November 2017, NASW submitted comments regarding the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation's proposed new direction. Among other topics, the association encouraged the Innovation Center to incorporate social work in team-based care models and to evaluate staffing patterns within such models.

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Striving for Integrative Pain Care: Pain Awareness Month 2017

Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW

Oct 17, 2017

NASW observed Pain Awareness Month in September and will participate in the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress in October. Read this new blog to learn what the association is doing to promote integrative pain care and to find resources that will enhance your practice.

Urge Congress to Increase Funding for the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

NASW

Sep 07, 2017

GWEP is a federally funded program that enhances the capacity of health professions practitioners and students (including social workers), direct care workers, and family caregivers to care for older adults. In mid-July the House Appropriations Committee voted to reduce GWEP funding in fiscal year 2018 by $4 million—a 10% cut for a program that is already quite modest. The Senate subsequently voted to fund GWEP at the fiscal year 2017 level. The federal budget has yet to be finalized; send an e-mail, using NASW’s advocacy alert, to urge your members of Congress to increase funding for GWEP. For additional information, visit the GWEP page of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, of which NASW is a member.

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