DHHR Files Rule in response to SB 559, Comments accepted until July 25th
The WV Dept. of Health & Human Resources has submitted a proposed rule regarding the Restricted Provisional license for public sector employees who have not earned a degree in Social Work or a related degree. The rule submission is authorized by the compromise to SB 559. Comments will be accepted until 5pm, July 25 IN WRITING ONLY and can be mailed to:
Bureau for Children & Families
Division of Training
Elva Strickland, Program Manager
250 Capitol Street, Room B18
Charleston, WV 25301
A PDF of the notice and proposed DHHR rule is available at: http://apps.sos.wv.gov/adlaw/csr/readfile.aspx?DocId=26827&Format=PDF
NASW WV Comments on DHHR Rule Submitted July 10, 2015
WV Board of Social Work Files Emergency Rule
The WV Board of Social Work filed an emergency rule on June 9 to amend 25CSR1, Qualifications for the Profession of Social Work. A summary of the changes and the rule are available at: http://apps.sos.wv.gov/adlaw/csr/ruleview.aspx?document=9805. Public comments were accepted until July 10.
DOJ letter on children's mental health services in WV
Department of Justice 6-1-15 investigation letter to Governor on children's mental health services in West Virginia
Click here to view DOJ letter
We conclude that West Virginia fails to provide services to children with significant mental health conditions in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs in violation of the ADA. The State has needlessly segregated thousands of children far from family and other people important in their lives. With adequate services, the State could successfully treat these children in their homes and communities. The systemic failure to develop critical in-home and community-based mental health services also places children with mental health conditions who currently live in the community at risk of unnecessary institutionalization.
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Policy and Advocacy News
2015 WV Legislative Session
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Important News for Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers!
These documents will help Clinical Social Workers successfully report PQRS in 2015 and avoid penalties in 2017.
• PQRS 2015 Frequently Asked Questions by Clinical Social Workers, http://www.socialworkers.org/assets/secured/documents/practice/clinical/PRA-NL-14015.PQRS-FAQs-PP.pdf. This document answers frequently asked PQRS questions by members to NASW.
• What’s New in PQRS 2015 for Clinical Workers, http://www.socialworkers.org/assets/secured/documents/practice/clinical/PRA-NL-13415.PQRS-WhatsNew-PP.pdf . This document outlines new policies and procedures for reporting PQRS in 2015.
• Reporting Requirements for PQRS 2015 for Individual Measures Used by Clinical Social Workers, http://www.socialworkers.org/assets/secured/documents/practice/clinical/PRA-NL-12915.PQRS-PP.pdf. This document is a comprehensive review of PQRS 2015 for clinical social workers.
We are pleased to announce that, in 2015, the West Virginia DHHR Bureau for Medical Services will begin the process of enrolling Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers as reimbursable WV Medicaid providers. We anticipate that interested LICSWs will have had the opportunity to become credentialed providers of individual and group therapy services to authorized WV Medicaid recipients by or about July 1, 2015. Stay tuned for more details! An information session is being planned for the upcoming Spring CE Conference for Social Workers.
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WV Medicaid LICSW Provider Enrollment Updates
Re-Contact Molina for an Enrollment Packet if Needed
Some LICSW Clinical Social Workers who contacted Molina Medicaid Services were mistakenly told the enrollment packet was not available or they would be placed on a waiting list. The enrollment packet should be available and there is no wait list. WV Medicaid has clarified this with Molina and encourages all interested LICSWs who have encountered this situation to re-contact Molina immediately. Please see contact Molina information below. Questions may be directed to Cynthia.A.Parsons@wv.gov
LICSW PRIVATE PRACTICE PROVIDER ENROLLMENT BASICS:
1. Complete the Molina packet and get your WV Medicaid billing number. URL: www.wvmmis.com or call Toll Free: 1-888-483-0793 and select Option #3, then Request LICSW Enrollment Packet.
2. Contact APS HealthCare and request LICSW provider registration form (1-800-378-0284)
3. Complete APS Web User Request (all individuals with access to web account must complete the User Request)
An informational Training site will be activated once the LICSW is enrolled: HTTPS://CARECONNECTIONWV-TRAINING.APSHEALTHCARE.COM
A series of webinars is being offered by DHHR on July 1, 10, 16 and 24 to describe enrollment, services, billing and expectations. To view the webinar series Announcement click here. To view the webinar Registration Form click here.
LICSW's in Private Practice will be authorized to provide:
* Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation without Medical Services (90791)
* Individual Psychotherapy (90832, 90834 & 90837)
* Group Psychotherapy (90853)
* Psychotherapy for Crisis (90839, 90840)
* Family Psychotherapy (90846, 90847)
Questions may be directed to Cynthia.A.Parsons@wv.gov
2016 Spring Conference Call for Proposals
2016 Spring Continuing Education Conference for Social Workers
April 27, 28, & 29, Charleston Civic Center
2015 Spring Conference
2015 Spring Continuing Education Conference for Social Workers
Wed - Fri, April 15 - 17, 2015, Charleston (WV) Civic Center
Thank you for attending!
2015 CE Recording Form (blank)
CE Hours for Related Professions:
2014 Fall Conference & Management Institute
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2014 Fall Conference & Management Institute
Thursday & Friday, August 21 & 22, 2014, Morgantown, WV
Conference Schedule, Sponsors & Exhibitors CE Recording Form
Thank you for attending the 2014 Spring Conference!
2014 Spring CE Conference Resources
April 30, May 1 & 2, 2014, Charleston (WV) Civic Center
2013 Spring Conference
2013 Spring CE Conference for Social Workers
Wednesday - Friday, May 1,
2 & 3, 2013
Charleston (WV) Civic Center
Thank you for attending the 2013 Spring Conference! You made it another
Social Worker Safety - Update
In the wake of the July 30, 2008 murder of Right From the Start Social Worker Brenda Lee
Yeager, elected officials reviewed issues of social worker safety in West Virginia. This
resulted in the passage of HB2566, a bill to update the state's malicious assault law to more
clearly cover social workers who provide contracted services, as well as all government
representatives and healthcare workers in the performance of their duties. Governor
Manchin subsequently signed the bill into law in 2009.
November 2012 Update: NASW WV has encouraged the Legislature to be proactive in reviewing
safety issues for all state employees who are expected to make field visits, rather than
waiting for a disasterous event to spur action. To this end we caused a Study Resolution to
be introduced and Legislative Interim Committee on Government Organization is currently
discussing the topic. Chapter CEO Sam Hickman gave a report to a subcommittee in August and
additional testimony from other entities is anticiated during the December interim meetings.
Goals are to achieve statewide standards for worker safety regareless of department or title,
to logically allocate technology solutions, and to share findings, policy recommendations and
resources with the private and non-profit sectors.
In addition, Mr. Hickman was invited to participate on a national NASW panel of experts to
develop safety guidelines for social workers, which should become available in early 2013.
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2012 Spring Conference
Thank you for attending the 2012 Spring Conference!
Thanks also for donating over 70 lbs of food to Common Grounds Community Outreach Center serving residents of Eastern Kanawha County! A project of St. Agnas Catholic Church, Morris Memorial UM Church & Village Chapel Presbyterian Church.
2012 CE Recording Form
Safe at Home WV Wraparound Grant Program Announced
NOTICE of Funding Availability
The WV Bureau for Children and Families is now soliciting applications for a new program model: Safe at Home West Virginia (WV). The goal is to safely reduce reliance on in-state and out-of-state congregate care for youth ages 12-17. Grants will provide funds to support the initial development of wraparound programs. Successful programs will ultimately reduce the use of congregate care as well as shorten the length of stay. Safe at Home WV will ensure that families have an opportunity to receive intensive community-based services while children are maintained safely in their own homes. Agencies wishing to submit applications must submit a Letter of Intent to Apply by August 10, 2015. Failure to submit the Letter of Intent to Apply will remove the application from consideration.
WV Board of Social Work New Phone Numbers
The West Virginia Board of Social Work has a new phone number & physical location.
The new phone number is 304.400.4980.
The fax line is 304.400.4976.
The Board office is now located at 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 500 B, Charleston, WV 25302.
Visitors must sign in at the security desk, so please call ahead.
The mailing address will remain the same: PO Box 5459, Charleston, WV 25361
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insurance! Student placement policies available. Visit NASWAssurance.org
2014 Chapter Leadership Elections
Announcement of Election Results - 7/9/14
Affordable Care Act News
Qualify for WV's Expanded Medicaid Program?
The WV Offices of the Insurance Commissioner has an online calculator at: http://www.thehealthsherpa.com/ with
reliable premium info for the 11 health insurance options in the WV Health Insurance
The calculator does NOT show the subsidy enrollees may receive.
The premiums look higher than expected until you factor in any subsidies.
Health Care Marketplace news/updates at www.HealthCare.gov and www.WVAHC.org
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Those Recovering from Hurricane Sandy!
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FY 2014 Audited Financial Statements
Click to view the FY 2014 Audited Financial Statements of the National Association of Social Workers, West Virginia Chapter
Click to view the FY 2014 IRS form 990 report of the NASW West Virginia Chapter