Special Interest Items

CSWA Membership

Posting Date: January 8, 2015
Dear CSWA Affiliated Society Members,

Implementation of mental health parity laws is one of the missions of CSWA. Two recent articles show the work that still remains to accomplish this goal. Mental Health America, one of the most long-term policy organizations advocating for access to mental health (founded in 1909) has published a report, "Parity and Disparity", that shows the way that each state and jurisdiction covers mental health in 15 areas. The entire 54 page report can be found at http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/sites/default/files/Parity%20or%20Disparity%20Report%20FINAL.pdf  Some states have made good progress toward mental health parity including Massachusetts, Delaware, Minnesota, Maryland, and New Jersey. Other states, including Arizona, Washington, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Idaho, have serious deficits in providing adequate coverage of mental health assessment and treatment. I hope all members will look at the report to see how your state ranks in this seminal report.

A summary of the report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation provides a good overview at http://kaiserhealthnews.org/news/even-with-coverage-expansion-access-to-mental-health-services-poses-challenges/ 

CSWA is aware of the challenges we face to achieve true mental health parity and will keep providing information on this important topic to members and advocating for parity at the national level. Keeping state legislators aware of this problem is also crucial. The more information we have on this major topic, the more we can work toward solving the problems with access to mental health treatment for our patients that we face.

Laura Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice
Clinical Social Work Association
Click here to join: http://www.clinicalsocialworkassociation.org/ 

Social Work Exam Prep Courses offered by:

Alabama State University with Professor Joanne Terrell PDF/newsletter/AL ST LICENSURE EXAM FLYER doc2 doc3 (1) (2).pdf
NASW: PDF/LEAP - Licensure Prep Training Announcement.pdf
University of Montevallo: PDF/University of Montevallo.docx.pdf

Private Adoption Home Studies

LCSW, PIP available for Private Adoption Home Studies covering Alabama
Contact: Tim Rolfe, LCSW, PIP
Resume available upon request.

ADOPTION HOME STUDIES Available for adoption home studies in Alabama.
Contact Chad Knight, LCSW-PIP at 256-343-3504 or email chadknight.lcsw@gmail.com
Resume and References available upon request.

Jefferson County and surrounding counties
Contact Tamara Blackledge Burr, LCSW, PIP via phone at 205-777-1716
or email burr.tamara@gmail.com 
Resume and References available upon request.

Hannah's Prayer Support Group for Pregnancy Loss and Infertility

Lead by Jennifer Veanable-Humphrey, LCSW, PIP
and Olivia Poole, Assoc. Pastor of Prattville First United Methodist Church
Meets Monthly
For more information 334-354-2418

The Office of Deaf Services (ODS)

at the Al Department of Mental Health is available to provide training
and workshops to individuals and agencies
on how to provide culturally appropriate social work services
for deaf and hard of hearing consumers.
Our trainings are free within the state of AL and
provide CEUs.
For more information, please contact Shannon Reese, MA
at shannon.reese@mh.alabama.gov
or 334-239-3780.

State of Alabama Social Work Employers

Human Resources
Public Health
Rehabilitation Services
State Personnel