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DHHR Files Rule in response to SB 559, NASW comments

The WV Dept. of Health & Human Resources 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 submission is authorized by the compromise to SB 559 (2015). NASW WV and other entities have submitted comments in opposition to the rule as submitted.

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

Excerpt:

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.


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.


ALSO:

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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Policy and Advocacy News

2015 WV Legislative Session

Final Member Update on SB 599 Re Social Work Licensing
2015 Bills of Interest Summary   2015 Social Work Day Report  
 2015 Legislative Action Priorities
Senator & Delegate Office Phone Numbers for 2015 Session
WV Legislature Website

Members: Join the Advocacy Listserv!


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Loan Forgiveness Social Workers—$200 Million Is Available
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
Up to $50,000 for Licensed clinical social workers serving 2 years in a community-based Health Professional Shortage Area site.


WV Medicaid LICSW Provider Enrollment Updates

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

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


Integrated Behavioral Health Conference


2016 Spring Conference Call for Proposals

2016 Spring Continuing Education Conference for Social Workers

April 27, 28, & 29, Charleston Civic Center

Click text for 2016 Call for Proposal form


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)

Schedule At-a-Glance  Keynote & Workshop Descriptions  Sponsors - Exhibitors

CE Hours for Related Professions:
WV LPC Sessions   NAB/NCERS Approved   WV RNs   Ohio Social Workers


2014 Fall Conference & Management Institute

THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING!

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

Continuing Education Form

Workshops/Schedule At-a-Glance 

Brochure w/ Session Descriptions  

Ohio Licensed Social Worker CE Sessions

WV LPC CE Sessions  Nsg Hm Admin Approved CE Sessions 

WV Registered Professional Nurses CE Sessions

Sponsors and Exhibitors  


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.

Click text to read previous updates


Concord MSW & West Liberty BSW Programs Receive Accreditation!

CONGRATULATIONS are in order to the Concord University MSW program and the West Liberty University BSW program on their being accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, our profession's national educational accrediting body.

Concord University's MSW program was granted initial accreditation this spring after a required period of candidacy. Concord's BSW program has been accredited by CSWE for more than 40 years.

West Liberty University's BSW program was recently granted initial accreditation after being approved for candidacy during the 2012-13 academic year. This means students graduating beginning that academic year can apply for Social Work licensure and explore eligibility for admission to MSW advanced standing programs. An informal reception is planned for Oct. 1st from 3:00-5:30 in the Boyle Conference room at the ASRC. To attend please RSVP to Jody Bobek at  jody.bobek@westliberty.edu or 336-8061.


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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Award Nominations
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
Do You 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 Marketplace.

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!
WV Licensing Info for Graduates!

Job listings, Career advice, CE and professional advancement opportunities. Employers can post jobs.


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

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