Aging Practice Tools

Older Veteran Behavioral Health Resource Inventory

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Jun 16, 2022

This inventory, developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in May 2022, provides resources for health and social service providers interested in enhancing outreach to and support for older Veterans who have or are at risk for behavioral health conditions. The inventory includes programs and publications on topics such as posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, pain management, suicide prevention, and long-term services and supports.

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Updates about Social Security: What You Need to Know

Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW

Apr 25, 2022

Social workers play integral roles in helping clients understand, access, and navigate Social Security benefits. This Practice Alert provides updates on field office reopenings and other recent developments within the Social Security Administration. It concludes with NASW advocacy related to Social Security.

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Update: Nursing Home Visitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW

Feb 10, 2022

Following its November 12, 2021, release of guidance for nursing home visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS released three versions of frequently asked questions clarifying the guidance. NASW upholds both the right of nursing home residents to receive visitors and the need for vaccination and other public health measures to decrease COVID-19 transmission and severity. The association offers resources to help social workers engage with clients, colleagues, family, and friends about COVID-19 vaccination.

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CMS Updates Guidance for Nursing Home Visitation During COVID-19

Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW

Dec 17, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, limitations on visits in nursing homes have taken a physical and emotional toll on residents. Recognizing this reality, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently updated its guidance to nursing homes regarding visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read this NASW blog to learn about the updated guidance.

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Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Dec 07, 2021

Although serious mental illness is not part of the typical aging process, it can present significant challenges to overall health for adults 50 years and older. This new SAMHSA guide, developed with input from NASW, provides considerations and strategies for service providers and policy makers in understanding, selecting, and implementing evidence-based interventions that support older adults with serious mental illness.

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8 Ethical Considerations for Upholding Privacy and Confidentiality in Social Work Practice

NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review

Dec 07, 2021

Privacy and Confidentiality, 1.07, is one of the most cited areas of the NASW Code of Ethics. This member-only publication, developed by the NASW Office of Ethics and Professional Review, offers eight considerations for honoring the clinical relationship and communications between social workers and their clients.

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