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Arizona Update
May 2017

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

Don't miss our continuing education workshops this May and June in Mesa, Tempe and Tucson. Register today at!

NASWAZ President's Message

As President of National Association of Social Workers – Arizona Chapter, I have the honor this month to congratulate all graduates and new Social Workers to our Profession. You have completed your course work, gained knowledge in your practicums, and have crossed the stage, obtaining your Social Work degree. Some students will continue on to obtain a higher degree while others will now enter our workforce.
As a Social Worker, I still remember graduating with my BSW and finally my MSW from New Mexico Highlands University. I remember the honor that came with it and all the great achievements I have had since graduating. I have lifelong colleagues and friends that I met in school who are still there today to provide support and mentorship when needed.
To all the Professional Social Workers and fellow colleagues: let's welcome our new graduates and our new social workers into the field. Be supportive as you teach and assist the needs of our clients and all those we serve.

On behalf of the NASWAZ Board of Directors, I would like to thank and congratulate our BSW Student Representative Golda Miller. Also congratulations to our MSW PAC Intern Taylor Winkel. Thank you for everything you have done for our Chapter and best of luck on your future.
If you are not a member of National Association of Social Workers, let me encourage you to become a member. NASW provides so many benefits for its members both at the National and State levels. NASW is our voice when it comes to ongoing social issues we face everyday. NASW provides a great rate to graduates.
Again, congratulations to all our new Social Workers.
Patrick Shockley, MSW
National Association of Social Workers – Arizona Chapter

Congratulations ASU and CSS Graduates!!

NASWAZ MSW PAC Intern Reflection (2017)

Taylor Winkel, MSW, MPA
"Spending my final year of graduate school working as the MSW PAC Intern at NASWAZ has provided me with valuable knowledge and the courage to feel confident in my abilities to become a leader in the field of macro social work. During my time with NASWAZ, I was afforded the opportunity to work side by side with The Association's Executive Director, Jeremy Arp. Working with Jeremy has given me association management insight and legislative advocacy experience, two experiences that I feel lucky to have been a part of."
"During my time as the NASWAZ PAC intern, I worked on numerous projects and assisted NASWAZ in representing Arizona social workers during the Fifty-third Legislative Session. Some of these projects included assisting with the NASWAZ Annual Social Work Conference and evaluating the outcomes, participating in weekly Public Policy Committee calls, researching current legislation and documenting its potential impact on social workers and vulnerable populations, reviewing current and past administration policies and making changes based on my MSW coursework and helping with the planning, and implementation and evaluation all three days of the 2017 Social Work Days at the Legislature."
"What I am taking away from this experience is confidence in my ability to become a leader in advocacy and to participate actively in the process of acquiring social justice for vulnerable and oppressed populations. This internship has been an invaluable part of my educational experience at Arizona State University. I am sincerely grateful for this opportunity and look forward to bringing my acquired skills and experiences to my home state of Minnesota!"

NASWAZ Board of Directors Slate Posted Soon

The Chapter Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CCNLI) sought chapter members interested in running for the NASWAZ Board. The CCNLI will post the preliminary slate 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).

Thank you to those that have expressed interest in running! Again, the slate will be sent out shortly for chapter member review.

Have you thought about getting a PhD in social work?

The ASU School of Social Work PhD program is currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 school year. The deadline to apply is January 15th. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the doctoral program website. For additional information or to schedule a personalized meeting or campus visit, please contact Elizabeth Kiehne (

NAU Yuma Social Work Program Accomplishments

Bill Pederson, M.S.W. and BASW Program Director of the NAU Yuma Branch Campus Social Work Program announced that the NAU Yuma Social Work Program has reached the $1 million mark for in-kind service learning and community projects for Yuma and Imperial counties. The announcement was made at the 2017 BASW Community Potluck. Madeleine Coil, former President and CEO of United Way of Yuma County was presented the Dr. Larry Gould Community Award of Excellence by Yuma County Supervisory, Lynne Pancrazi. Jeremy Arp, MSW and Executive Director, NASW AZ Chapter provided the keynote address. Also acknowledged were Field Instructors of the Year, the Outstanding Social Work Student, Alex Galvan and the Outstanding Social Work Senior, Grace Ricablanca. The NAU Yuma Social Work Program has been providing 16 years of social work education to Yuma and Imperial counties.

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!

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. In May, Michael Tokunaga, LMSW presented on "Hope in Hospice: Helping Patients Achieve a Peaceful Death." More presentations planned for the future!

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 "Family Involvement vs. Family Engagement" presented by Cherie Conte, LMSW and Denise Baker.  NOTE: The May Networking meeting has been cancelled; please consider attending our meeting in June!

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.


May Continuing Education Workshops

Friday, May 19, 2017 in Tempe at Rio Salado Community College Tower (THIS FRIDAY - REGISTRATION CLOSES SOON!)

9 am – 12 noon "Ethics in Addiction Treatment: Women, Incarceration & Recovery" (3 CEUs ethics) presented by Christine Stevens, BBA.


1PM - 4PM: "Sex, Drugs and TBI: Epidemics Sweeping the Nation” (3 CEUs diversity) presented by Malissa Mallett LMSW and Ashley Bridwell, LMSW


Friday, May 26, 2017 in Tucson at ASU School of Social Work Tucson Component (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE!)

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)

June Continuing Education Workshops

Friday, June 23, 2017 in Tempe at Rio Salado Community College Tower (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN)

9 AM - 12 PM "Ethics Workshop: "Preparing Children and Adolescents to Process Trauma" (3 CEUs ethics) presented by Sherri Hicks, LMSW
NASWAZ Retreat Details Released

Friday, July 14 - 16, 2017:
Register for the "NASW AZ Retreat: Contemplation, Renewal and Leadership" in Prescott!


Friday, October 20, 2017:SAVE THE DATE: Annual Conference & Awards Luncheon
**Please note the event date change**

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

Arizona Legislative Updates

That’s a Wrap!
by Eddie Sissons, CPM, MPA

After more than 1,170 introduced bills, the 53rdLegislature’s Regular Legislative Session came to a close on Wednesday, May 10th.

NASW Arizona routinely monitors a variety of bills during session in addition to keeping a watchful eye on the state’s budget process. The summary below gives an overview of the topics under debate this session. This is a summary and not a comprehensive listing, but at least you’ll be better informed.

The State Budget
The adopted state budget of $9.8 billion did have a positive ending balance for FY 2017-18.
This year’s budget was primarily focused on K-12 education as well as on capital financing for the universities. The sad reality of the number of teacher vacancies around the state, as well as the failure to provide an “adequate” salary for teachers, was well covered by the media this session.
Components of the education deal included:
1. A 1% teacher salary increase for this coming year, with a pledge to add a second year 1% salary increase, totaling $34 M in the first year and $68 M in the following year. Efforts to boost the salary increase to 4% were defeated;
2. Increased funding of $37.6 M to students attending excelling district or charter schools;
3. Efforts to revive full-day kindergarten received an $8 M appropriation targeted to districts that serve 90% of their students with free or reduced price lunches; and
4. Funding allocated to the School Facilities Board requested to respond to demands for school construction and building maintenance, with $17.2 M for the request and an additional $63 M for new school construction projects.
5. In FY 2019 through FY 2043, $27 M appropriated to the universities each year for capital project debt service or cash construction costs, with each project to be reviewed by the Joint Committee on Capital Review

Other budget items addressed:
$6.1 million to upgrade the Department of Child Safety’s outdated electronic management system
$2 million for adoption services
$1 million to increase funding for kinship caregivers, often known as the “grandma stipend”
$400,000 for court appointed special advocates
$1.2 million to completely eliminate the state’s sexual assault evidence kit backlog
$517,900 for Corrections Department substance abuse and reentry counselors to reduce recidivism

Health Issue Budget Items:
Restores a limited benefit at $1.5 M General Fund to reinstate ER dental for adults enrolled in acute care programs, but is capped at $1,000 per year.
Provides $220,900 to AHCCCS to combat opioid addiction
Adds $130,000 for Adult Occupational Therapy services
KidsCare enrollment is frozen if federal match falls below 100%

With the passage of Prop 206 in November, the minimum wage was increased for the employees of both the ALTCS program and the Division of Developmental Disabilities ALTCS. A total of $9.7 M GF to was needed to increase capitation rates for ALTCS providers. Requests $23.3 M GF set aside to preserve a healthy network of care providers for the DD ALTCS population.

Department of Health Services:
Allocates $350,000 to the State Loan Repayment Program that will be matched to draw down up to $1 M
Provides one-time Public Health Emergency Funding of $500,000
Allocates $500,000 for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Testing
Supports $320,000 for ASH equipment repairs
Reduces Operating Budget by ($2.8 M) while increase funding for Arizona State Hospital $2.8 M.

Human Services Budget Items:
Prop 206 Adjustment: Provides Backfill/New Staff for Adult Protective Services with $2.7 M (Lottery Funds)
 Provides $2.0 M for DD Early Intervention Program due to referrals
Fails to address the extension of the TANF program to 24 months

Below is a list of “key” bills that NASW AZ was tracking. This is only a highlight of key issues considered by the Legislature this sessions.

Welfare/TANF Benefits
With the passage of HB 2372on Wednesday, May 10th, Arizona will no longer limit beneficiaries of cash assistance (TANF) to only 12 months of benefits. Households will be authorized to receive an extra 12 months (for a total of 24 months) if the parent is in full compliance throughout the first 12 months in relation to work participation, immunization of children, cooperation with child support, and assurance that school-aged children attend school. Prior to passage of HB 2372, Arizona had the shortest TANF benefit period in the nation.

Additionally, HB 2091now eliminates the requirement for TANF and SNAP recipients to be fingerprinted to obtain benefits.

SB 1108 allows non-relative kinship households caring for children to apply for and receive TANF benefits for the children, thus reducing the financial stress on caregiving extended families.

Professional licensure board changes this session.
SB 1026 extends life of the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners through 2025.

SB 1434 establishes title or designation of "art therapist" to an individual who has active national registration in art therapy with the Art Therapy Credentials Board. The Department of Health Services and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment Services Administration are authorized to contract for "art therapy" services only with art therapists (1) holding an active national board certification in art therapy from the Art Therapy Credentials Board or (2) who are a master's level graduate in art therapy under the active supervision of a board-certified art therapist. The bill does not require DHS or AHCCCS to contract for art therapy services. Art therapy is defined in the statute.

SB 1335 establishes a five-member Committee on Behavior Analysts within the State Board of Psychologist Examiners, with powers and duties outlined. It increases the membership of the Board to 10 from 9 by adding 1 member who is a behavior analyst in professional practice. The Board is required to delegate all investigations of behavior analysts to the Committee, and statutory responsibility for investigations and disciplinary action of behavior analysts are transferred to the Committee. Board decisions for educational and training standards for behavior analyst licensure and license issuance must be made on the Committee's recommendation.

Child welfare issues:
HB 2423 requires Department of Child Safety (DCS) to conspicuously post information on its website about parents' rights as well as information to assist parents and guardians in understanding the process of removal of a child from the home. The bill requires DCS to publish any final rule on its website within 10 days of filing the rule with the Secretary of State.

SB 1003. Creates a Joint Legislative Oversight Committee for DCS to review DCS implementation of policy, procedures and program effectiveness. A major focus will be to consolidate reports on their website, identify needed reports, and submit a report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC). The bill prohibits DCS from using covert voice stress analysis during an investigation to determine if abuse or neglect exists. Beginning in July 1, 2018, Superior Court is authorized to issue orders for temporary custody of a child. Children may only be taken into temporary custody if the Superior Court issues a pick-up order, the parents give consent, or if there are exigent (requiring immediate or urgent action) circumstances.

SB1107. Establishes the Child & Family Advocacy Center Fund to be administered by the Attorney General’s office. Funds for the Advocacy Center are to be appropriated, or through grants, private sources and contributions.

SB 1194 allows DCS to have a foster parent consent to non-life threatening emergency conditions, routine medical and dental evaluation, treatments and procedures for children in their custody. DCS is directed to consult with the biological parent about medical treatment to the extent possible.

SB 1341 allows foster children or youth in independent living programs who are 16 or older and who have completed a driver’s education program to contract to secure car insurance.

Substance Abuser Related Bills:
HB 2211 requires Department of Corrections to submit a report on the drug and alcohol programs available to offenders under their jurisdiction.
SB 1278 appropriates $2.7 M to county attorney offices in counties with populations under 3 million to administer the Felony Pretrial Intervention Program serving nonviolent offenders.

BBHE Public Hearings
In response to Governor Ducey's initiative, "Regulation Rollback", the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE) is holding two public hearings on its rules as follows:
Wednesday, May 10th,2:00-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6th,9:00-11:00 a.m.
Both hearings will take place in the AZBBHE Board room at 3443 N. Central Ave, Suite 1705, Phoenix AZ 85012. There will not be a presentation, as the sole purpose is to accept feedback on the Board's rules. Feedback may also be provided through the Governor's office at
Additionally, the Board filed a Notice of Docket Opening and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which were published in the May 5, 2017 Arizona Administrative Register, and the Board is accepting public feedback throughJune 9th, 2017. The notices may be viewed at:
There will be an oral proceeding held in the AZBBHE Board room on the proposed rulemaking as follows:
Wednesday, June 21st,9:00-11:00 a.m.

National Advocacy Updates

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

NASW Social Justice Brief Examines Trump Immigration Policy, Sanctuary Cities and Child Welfare
The brief,“Intersection of Sanctuary Cities, National Immigration Policies, and Child Welfare Policies and Practice in the Trump Era,”examines the Sanctuary Cities movement, immigration policies and how they impact child welfare. The brief also offers recommendations to make immigration policy more coherent to avoid long-time family separations that result in early childhood trauma. Click here to read the brief.

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.
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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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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? NASWAZMembers may search for jobs at under our Career Center link and employers may post jobs for free. A current sampling of jobs posted includes:

  • Therapist- Bilingual
  • Counselors and Licensed Mental Health Professionals
  • Social Worker (Child/Adolescent)
  • Social Worker (Pediatric)
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 PROCEDURE for 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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