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Arizona Update

January 2018

The January newsletter includes Public Policy Updates, Social Work Day at the Legislature reminder, jobs and more!

Be sure to follow NASWAZ on Facebook and Instagramf or chapter updates!

The Arizona Chapter wishes you all a Happy New Year! We started the month off with the Legislative Session. See our Public Policy section for updates. Welcome back to students!

Note:The NASW national website received substantial updates. As part of this process, the chapter website will be updated as well as our email address. You can reach the Chapter Executive Director at Note that if you have linked to items at, the addresses of the documents may have changed. You can search the website at via the magnifying glass icon. Thank you for your patience as we transition from the old domain to the new.

Public Policy & Regulatory Updates for Arizona

Public Policy Committee Updates

The NASWAZ Public Policy Committee planned "Social Work Day at the Legislature" series of events this Spring (January and February). The schedule and dates were created to help professionals and students attend. Dates and details are below!
NASWAZ Updates

The Chapter Public Policy Committee is busy this legislative session! In December, we sent legislators and the Governor our legislative priorities. Read the complete letter here.

The Legislative Session began on Monday, January 8th. The Governor provided a state of the state address that called for action regarding the opioid crisis. The special session was called Monday, January 22nd to highlight strategies for the state to tackle this concern.

Oppose HB 2406 - Elimination of Licensing for Social Workers

HB 2406 (behavioral health board; regulation; repeal) proposes elimination of the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (BBHE) and licensing for behavioral health professional – including social workers. As you know, the BBHE is charged with oversight and licensure of Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Substance Abuse Technicians, Licensed Associate Substance Counselors and Independent Substance Abuse Counselors.

NASW Arizona opposes any move to deregulate professional social work practice. This would have an adverse impact on the safety of our community and our profession.

Licensing is a necessary element to work with clients in government and private settings to protect the public. Without licensing there are challenges to reimbursement for services from government and insurance sources.

Read House Bill 2406 -HB2406 As Introduced

So far, the bill was assigned to the House Health Committee, but is not scheduled for a hearing date.

The Chapter expressed our concerns with HB 2406 to the House Speaker and the Chair of the House Health Committee. We have also communicated with other behavioral health associations, the Association for Social Work Boards, and many of our NASW members.

We will need your help to communicate your concerns to your state legislators if this moves forward.

To stay informed:

Monthly Public Policy Call: The NASWAZ Public Policy Committee hosts our Monthly Public Policy Call the third Monday of the month beginning in January. This is the opportunity for members to hear from the NASWAZ Public Policy Committee, our Lobbyist, and our Executive Director. Register to attend our next call in Februaryhere.

Sign up Advocacy and Action Alerts(Click here to sign up)

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Please stay tuned if this moves through the process.

(LINK: This is a helpful resource developed by the Association of Social Work Boards that speaks to why we have regulatory boards, priorities around protecting the public, etc.).

Become a member of NASW TODAY! Click here to become a member of YOUR professional association. Your membership supports our work.

National Advocacy Updates

At the national level, NASW continues to engage in advocacy. Some highlights from January included:



Welcome Jessica Avalos, BSW to NASW Arizona Chapter!

Allow us to introduce our new administrative assistant, Jessica Avalos, BSW! From Jessica:

"My name is Jessica Avalos, BSW and I am the new Administrative Assistant for NASW Arizona. I am a graduate student in ASU online’s Advanced Generalist MSW program. I earned my BSW at ASU and worked in the healthcare field. I started my career at the Arizona State Veteran Home-Phoenix (ASVH-P) as an intern and was hired on as a full-time employee upon graduation. I have experience working as the Social Service Director at the Coronado Healthcare Center and internship experience with the Catholic Charities Unaccompanied Minor program, working with LGBTQ youth interning at Mulligan’s Manor, and providing direct care and support for children and foster families working with DCS. I am a graduate intern at the Phoenix VA providing individual and group psychotherapy services in the General Mental Health Clinic.Working with NASW Arizona, I hope to become more integrated in advocacy for public policy to develop a comprehensive overview of the profession of Social Work from a Macro perspective. My experience as a Micro Social Worker will help me spread awareness of the support and resources that the Chapter has to offer to our membership."

Please join us in welcoming Jessica!

NASWAZ Board of Directors Seeking Qualified Candidates

Positions are opening up on the Board of Directors this year, and what better way to get involved and help lead the Chapter than running for open posts on the Board.
If you have any questions on availability or if you are interested in serving on the Arizona Chapter Board of Directors, please contact the Chair of the Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification at

NASW Branch & Networking Events Near You

Click on the links below for times, locations, online registration and more information. Please click the links to register to let us know if you plan on attending, and we'll keep an eye out for you!

Please take a moment to note the changes in dates and locations below!

Monthly Networking Meetings

Please register to let us know you'll join us at one of our networking meetings!

Flagstaff Social Hour: Wednesday meeting in JanuaryFlagstaff social workers will host a social hour meeting at Firecreek Coffee at 5:15 PM. Join us for a night filled with laughter, conversation, and identifying our professional goals and expectations for 2018!

PrescottNetworking: Second Wednesday of each Month beginning January: Social workers, social work faculty & social work students: Our next NASWAZ Branch 4 Networking Meeting will be 4:30 - 6:30 pm at Guacamayas (formerly Plaza Bonita), 1317 E Gurley Street (at the Best Western), Prescott, AZ 86301. Please join us for networking and more. Come hungry and thirsty as we partake in some very invigorating information. Space is unlimited but please let us know if you will able to join us. Thank you and hope to see you there.
Phoenix Networking: Third Thursday of each Month (1 CEU): Join NASWAZ Branch 1 for a networking and an educational meeting at Coco's Bakery Restaurant in Phoenix 1 CEU offered at most events for 2018. Register to let us know you'll attend and we'll save you a seat!

Sierra VistaNetworking: Fourth Thursday of each Month beginning January (1 CEU): Sierra Vista Network Brown Bag Lunch Meetings occur the fourth Thursday of each Month. Mark your calendars in 2018 when we start up again!

2018 Continuing Education Series Workshops

UPDATES: Social Work Month 2018!
NASW celebrates Professional Social Work Month annually in March. This year's theme is "Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions." This year's national campaign will include a Social Work Month Online Toolkit, media campaign, promotional fundraising campaign, advocacy and more. In Arizona, our Branches are planning Social Work Month events for:

Thursday, March 15, 2017 in Flagstaff (lunch)

Friday, March 16, 2017 in Phoenix (evening reception)

Friday, March 23, 2017 in Tucson (luncheon)

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for updates on more Social Work Month events! Award winners announced soon!

Installment Payments Now Available for NASW Renewals!

You now may pay your NASW membership renewal in two or three installments by your membership renewal date. Installment payments may be made by mail to PO Box 79949, Baltimore, MD 21279-0949 or by phone to NASW Member Services at 800-742-4089 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday-Friday. The installment option is not available online at this time. A $25 processing fee will be assessed for refunds of incomplete installment payments. For more info, click here:

Practice Perspectives

An Hour With Private Practice: Questions & Answers

An Hour With Private Practice: Questions & Answers (HOPP) is a free question and answer session for NASW members. The monthly call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject and are led by Mirean Coleman, LICSW, Clinical Manager at NASW. There is no registration and members can join in the discussion, ask questions, and make comments. These sessions provide members with important clinical social work updates impacting the delivery of mental health services. HOPP is held every third Wednesday of the month from noon until 1:00 pm ET. No session is held in December due to the holidays. Handouts are available upon request at Within several weeks of a scheduled session, handouts are permanently available at, click on practice tools.


EMPLOYERS: Post Jobs for Free with NASWAZ!

Searching for Job in Arizona? NASWAZMembers may search for jobs at under our Career Center link andemployers may post jobs for free!A current sampling of jobs posted includes:

Social Worker
Practice Manager
Integrated Health Case Manager
Assistant Clinical Professor
Infant Mental Health Clinician
International Social Work

Searching nationwide: Employers can widen their search by posting with our national office. Go to our new address at The new Social Work Career Center is a career website where social workers can search national job listings and find professional development and career resources that span across the duration of a social worker's professional career.

Arizona LTC Task Force Monthly Social Work Conference Call

Attention social workers and social service staff that work in long term care: You are invited to participate in a long term care social work task force monthly conference call on the2nd Thursday every month at12:30 PM. The Arizona Long Term Care Social Work Task Force is offering aFREEmonthly conference call for all social workers and social service staff. Relevant and challenging issues are discussed in an interactive, roundtable-style forum with other social work peers. The conference call is held the second Thursday of every month and is facilitated by a member of the Social Work Task Force. Participants can ask questions, present cases or just listen in on the discussion. This is a wonderful learning and networking opportunity to ask those tough questions about issues in the nursing home as well as share ideas and resources with each other.

RSVP to attend the call the second Thursday of each month and find out more information here.

Free Ethics Consultations FOR NASW MEMBERS
The Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) provides individual ethics consultations as a benefit of NASW membership. Ethic consultations are a resource for members who encounter ethical dilemmas and/or have ethics related questions. Consultation services are intended to guide members through the applicable standards in the Code along with other pertinent considerations and resources that address their concerns and allows them to make reasoned ethical decisions. While we can discuss ethical issues, we cannot provide definitive answers for a particular situation or make decisions for members.
Ethics consultation telephone calls are answered on a first come first served basis and are not pre-scheduled. If you call during consultation hours and receive a voice-mail response, we request your patience as we complete earlier member calls. Please leave a brief message clearly stating your name and contact number and we will return your call. Due to the high call volume, we ask that you allow 24 hours for a return call.
Hours & Contact Info:(800) 742-4089
Mondays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET)
Tuesdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET)
Wednesdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET)
Thursdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET)

Need CEUs Right Away?

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Need help stepping into private practice? We can help for either those just starting, or help seasoned clinicians relocating or seeking a second practice location.
Call Alan Asher at 480-902-9402 or email:

Have you thought about getting a PhD in Social Work?
The ASU School of Social Work doctoral program is currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline to apply is January 15th. For additional information or to schedule a personalized meeting or campus visit, please contact Elizabeth Kiehne (
Have you thought about getting a Master of Social Work?
ASU now offers the MSW program at the downtown Phoenix campus, Tucson campus, and online. The deadline to apply is April 1st for the in-person program and November 1st for the online program.


PASSWORD PROCEDUREfor NASW Members: Your username and password for is now matched to the username and password that you use to access the national NASW website at If you have problems logging into the Chapter website at, click on "forgot password," and you will be redirected to to update your information.You will need to wait about 24 hours for the national website to update the Chapter on the change.If you are seeking to login to secure a member discount, contact the Chapter office directly and we will make certain the member discount is properly applied.

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