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Arizona Update

April 2017

This month's newsletter includes links to continuing education in April, public policy updates, private practice resources, jobs and more!

Don't miss our continuing education workshops this April in Mesa and Tucson. Register today at!

Social Work Month Events Recap
Thank you to social workers from around Arizona and the nation that helped honor the profession and the accomplishments of colleagues at 2017 Social Work Month Events.

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Congratulations to award winners!
Branch 1: Social Worker of the Year - Stacy Moreno, MSW; Lifetime Achievement Award - Laura Guild, MSW; Citizen of the Year - Emily Jenkins; Public Elected Official of the Year - Mayor Greg Stanton; Emerging Leader - Erin Callinan.

Branch 2: Social Worker of the Year - Kristin Lindberg, LCSW; Lifetime Achievement - Jane Holschuh, PhD; Citizen of the Year - Sister Michelle Humke, LMFT; Emerging Leader - Anakarina Rodriguez, BSW; Public Official of the Year - Chief Michael Ford.

Branch 3: Social Worker of the Year - Kelli Sieczkowski, LCSW; Lifetime Achievement - Sara Aleman, PhD; Citizen of the Year - Deborah Fresquez; Emerging Leader - Katherine Mommaerts, LMSW; Public Elected Official of the Year - Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai.

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. The Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification is seeking chapter members interested in running for the following posts:

(1) President-Elect (1 year as President-Elect; 2 years as President)
(1) Vice President (2 year term)
(5) Branch 1 Representatives (2 year term)
(2) Branch 2 Representatives (2 year term)
(2) Branch 3 Representatives (2 year term)
(1) MSW Student Representative (1 year term)
(1) BSW Student Representative (1 year term)

The preliminary slate will be posted for 30 days in advance of voting. Voting occurs in June and board members are seated in July. Board members are expected to attend the Leadership Retreat in July (see the "Save the Date" below).

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 must express interest and complete the required forms by April 28, 2017 for the 2017-2018 chapter elections.

NASW Branch & Networking Events Near You

Click on the links below for times, locations, online registration and more information.Please click the links to registerto 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!

Tucson: Social Worker Cafe: First Tuesday of each Month (1 CEU):Branch 2 planners are in the planning process to continue the meetings 2017.No meeting is scheduled for February.

FlagstaffNetworking: First Wednesday of each Month:Please join us at the Campus Coffee Bean for an hour of networking and talking about upcoming events. We are planning to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM at Campus Coffee Bean.

PrescottNetworking: Second Wednesday of each Month:Networking Meeting with Prescott and surrounding area social workers. Join us for discussions and planning at Starbucks at the Frontier Village Center in Prescott.

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 with events planned for 2017. This month's topic is "Affirming Approaches in working with Trans and Gender Noncomforming Clients."

Sierra VistaNetworking: Fourth Thursday of each Month (1 CEU):Sierra Vista Network Brown Bag Lunch Meetings occur the fourth Thursday of each Month. Networking 11:30am; Program 12:00 - 1:00pm (1 CEU). NOTE LOCATION: Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona Outreach Center 302-02 El Camino Real Sierra Vista, AZ 85636. This month's topic is "DBT for Substance Abuse" (04/27/2017). Please register to let us know you'll be there!

Continuing Education Workshops

More workshops added each month!

Friday, April 28, 2017 in Tucson at ASU School of Social Work Tucson

9 am - 12 noon: "The Balancing Act: Patient, Families and Ethics in End-of-Life Decisions" 3 CEUs (meets ethics requirements) presented by Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN.

1 PM - 4 PM: "Shift Happens: Transforming Loss; Cultural Considerations in Adaptation to Loss, Particularly Visual Impairment" (3 CEUs cultural competency/diversity) presented by Shari Gootter, LPC, CRC.

Friday, May 19, 2017 in Tempe at Rio Salado Community College Tower.

9 am – 12 noon "Why do People do What They Do? Helping People Take Effective Control of Their Lives" (3 CEUs ethics) presented by Robert Hoglund, MA and Sue McAleavey, LCSW, ACSW.

Friday, May 26, 2017 in Tucson at ASU School of Social Work Tucson Component

6-hour CLINICAL SUPERVISION BEYOND THE BASICS Workshop 9 am to 4 pm (6 CEUs, designed to satisfy the AZBBHE requirement for 6 hours of Clinical Supervision training in subsequent licensure periods)


Friday, July 14 - 16, 2017:
SAVE THE DATE: NASW AZ Retreat: Contemplation, Renewal and Leadership!

Friday, September 29, 2017:SAVE THE DATE: Annual Conference & Awards Luncheon

Request for Presentations for our annual conference will be released soon. Interested in sponsorship? Get in touch at

An Hour with Private Practice

An Hour With Private Practice: Questions & Answers is a free question and answer session for NASW members which is held every third Wednesday of the month from January through November 2017. The monthly call-in sessions focus on a specific private practice subject. 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. An Hour With Private Practice is held every third Wednesday of the month from noon until 1:00 pm ET

This is a reminder that the January – June 2017 schedule for “An Hour With Private Practice: Questions & Answers” is posted online: Please consider attending!

New Coding Practice Perspectives
For your information, there is a new practice perspectives available to members at the following link, “Most Frequently Used CPT Codes by Clinical Social Workers,”

New Practice Updates on Coding
For your information, here are links to three new practice updates on coding for clinical social workers.
Place of Service Codes for Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice,
Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT
Clinical Manager

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:

Public Policy & Regulatory Updates for Arizona

2017 Legislative Session

Arizona Legislative Updates

Since session was convened on Monday, January 9th, there have been a total of 1,057 bills introduced and a total of 172 resolutions or referendums. The NASW Arizona Chapter initially identified a total of 171 bills to monitor; not all those bills made it out of committee or they failed along the process. Our focus is now limited to about 50 bills to monitor during the closing days of the 2017 session. Besides these residual bills, the FY 2017-18 budget needs to be adopted.

Concerns remain around key issues, including implementation of Prop 206 that raised the minimum wage to $10 per hour. There was a court challenge that upheld the voter approval but it will add costs for the delivery of care for ALTCS and ALTCS DD clients. Bills have been approved which will make future initiatives difficult to get onto ballots in the coming years. The last controversial bill involves Empowerment Scholarship Awards which would allow now up to 30,000 students to receive these scholarships to attend public, charter or private schools. The issue will continue to be debated in coming weeks.

Of the bills still on our monitor list, we remain supportive of the restoration of the TANF benefit to 24 months rather than 12 months (Note that Arizona saw over 1,400 lose benefits last July). The hope is that a “simple/clean” restoration can be put in place to help families move off welfare without losing benefits. There is a proposal to eliminate finger imaging for applicants for SNAP and TANF.

A small number of licensure bills are still in process. There continues to be a more thorough review of licensure Boards by the Governor’s office. NASW Arizona will continue to monitor. We remain committed to the protection of the public through regulation of social work professionals working in behavioral health.

National Advocacy Updates

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

If you'd like to know more about our national efforts, stay up to date by following the Social Work Blog at

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?

Offered by multiple state Chapters of NASW. This Online CE Institute has high quality programs available on demand with well known names in the field of social work and behavioral health. Feel free to browse our store before purchasing. Member and non-member fees will apply accordingly.

NASW/ASI is pleased to sponsor the Professional Education and Training Center. Social workers who are not members, but who are in need of CEU's are also welcome to participate for standard registration fees. You must log in to participate. If you have difficulty logging in you may contact your NASW Member Center at 1.800.742.4089.

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General Liability and Cyber Liability Protection Now Available Exclusively to NASW Members!

Not sure you need professional liability insurance?Visit this page to learn why you need to be protected and why you should choose NASW coverage.

Need a Job or Seeking Employees?

Searching for Job in Arizona? NASWAZ Members may search for jobs at under our Career Center link and employers may post jobs for free. A current sampling of jobs posted includes:

  • Social Worker
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Licensing Coordinator
  • Social Work Supervisor
  • Licensed Associate Clinician
  • Clinical Director
Searching nationwide: Employers can widen their search by posting with our national office. Go to The 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.

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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