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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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School Social Work in West Virginia
NASW WV member Gary McDaniel, LICSW is featured in this timely article from WV Focus magazine:
Aren’t Alright West Virginia Focus
“It’s hard to learn on an empty stomach,” says Morgan County Schools Social
Worker Gary McDaniel. A
joyful bear of a man who tops his graying curls with a bowler hat, he’s a main
architect of the school system’s common-sense mental health interventions, which
have few parallels in West Virginia. “You gotta meet the fundamental needs
first. School isn’t shelter, food, belonging—but it can help with those things,
if we let it. Then we can teach and kids can learn.” Quiet hallways and kids
who wave from the cafeteria line when their principal walks by seem to suggest
McDaniel is onto something.
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.
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.
Update: DHHR rule authorized by SB 559
On Nov. 17th the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee passed a modified version of WV DHHR's rule regarding provisionally licensed employees who have not earned a degree related to Social Work. NASW WV worked with the Committee to modify the rule to clarify the training to be provided to employees. In January the modified rule will go to the full WV Legislature for consideration and may undergo further modifications. In addition, it is possible that the legislature will consider amendments to SB 559. If this occurs NASW WV will work to strengthen and clarify the law.
The original DHHR rule language is available at: http://apps.sos.wv.gov/adlaw/csr/readfile.aspx?DocId=26827&Format=PDF
NASW WV's Comments to the original DHHR Rule as submitted on July 10, 2015
Update on WV Board of Social Work Emergency Rule
The WV Board of Social Work's emergency rule filed on June 9 to amend 25CSR1, Qualifications for the Profession of Social Work, has been slightly modified and approved by the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee . In January the modified rule will go to the full WV Legislature for consideration. NASW WV will continue to follow the rule and seek further modifications as necessary. A summary of the changes and the original rule language are available at: http://apps.sos.wv.gov/adlaw/csr/ruleview.aspx?document=9805.
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2016 Spring Conference
2016 Spring Continuing Education Conference for Social Workers
April 27, 28, & 29, Charleston Civic Center
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WV MEDICAID LICSW PROVIDER ENROLLMENT UPDATES
Note: A few enrollment glitches continue to be reported. It is important to be persistent. For example, if you are unsure the information you received is correct, call Molina back and ask a different representative to verify. As always, please report enrollment problems to Cynthia Parsons at WV Medicaid by emailing: Cynthia.A.Parsons@wv.gov
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)
Once enrolled, an informational Training site will become available at: HTTPS://CARECONNECTIONWV-TRAINING.APSHEALTHCARE.COM
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
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)
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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
Social Worker Safety
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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West Virginia Race Matters Website
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Marshall Univ. opens admission to new MSW program
Marshall's program will specialize in behavioral health. Courses will begin in Fall 2016. For more info contact Dr. Peggy Harman at: firstname.lastname@example.org
WVU - WVSU to develop collaborative MSW program
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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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who depend on the services and skills of professional Social Workers!
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Click text for Nomination Form! Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Chapter Awards of Merit. The awards will be presented at the upcoming Spring Conference.
Liability Insurance for Social Workers!
NASW Assurance Services Inc. is operated by and for Social Workers and offers excellent
benefits to help protect you and your practice! Your source for professional liability
insurance! Student placement policies available. Visit NASWAssurance.org
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
Graduates! Career and WV License Info!
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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