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Arizona Update

November 2018

Read below for Chapter Updates, calls for leadership, calls for presentations, calls for award nominations, public policy and advocacy updates, historic Arizona wins for elected social workers, NASWAZ Executive Director Job positing, and more! Check our Chapter Calendar often.Your membership is needed now more than ever. Your membership helps us advocate for the social work profession and your interests.NOT A MEMBER? BECOME ONE TODAY!

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President's Report November 2018

Hello Social Workers of Arizona!

What a great month for social work in Arizona with our fellow social workers winning key political office positions in our State: Kyrsten Sinema, Senator of Arizona and Katie Hobbs, Arizona Secretary of State!! Congratulations to them both! NASW AZ thanks you for the good work you do; you make us even prouder to be social workers here in Arizona!

We also had a great NASW AZ Conference on Friday, November 2, at Tempe Doubletree Inn where we connected, learned and networked with fellow social workers while honoring the best in our profession and in our community! Congratulations once again to our award winners and thank you to all who attended!

Our Executive Director job search posting has already received many great applicants for our new E.D. position! While there is no replacing Jeremy, I just know and trust we will find the right person to lead us forward with our NASW AZ Transformation Vision toward creating an even more vital membership association for social workers and our interests here in Arizona. Please share with those qualified in your network :

I have great hopes during this time of change and I hope you do too!!! Come join us as we recreate our future. There is no better time to be a member of NASW AZ as we do the important work of meeting the needs of our members, promoting the values and needs of our profession and advocating for the policies that impact the full expression of wellbeing and human potential for all.

I am so glad to be a social worker! Happy Holidays!


Dori DiPietro LCSW, ACSW
NASW AZ President

Historic Election Wins for Arizona Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers - Arizona Chapter would like to congratulate Senator-Elect Kyrsten Sinema, and Secretary of State-Elect Katie Hobbs on their historic wins this year.

The social work profession focuses on assisting individuals, families, groups and communities enhance their individual and collective well-being. Social workers focus on empowering individuals to develop and utilize their skills and abilities to resolve issues impacting Arizonans. Kyrsten Sinema and Katie Hobbs are utilizing their social work education and experience by dedicating their lives to public service.

With their historic wins, Senator-Elect Sinema will serve has the first female US Senator in Arizona history. Secretary of State-Elect is the first social worker elected to a statewide office in Arizona.

“We are very proud of Senator-Elect Sinema, and Secretary of State-Elect Hobbs on their dedication and service to Arizona,” said Jeremy Arp Executive Director of NASW Arizona. “Both Sinema and Hobbs have shown the strong spirit of the social work profession and dedication to helping the people of Arizona.”

CALL FOR CHAPTER LEADERSHIP! Run for the Chapter Board!

Positions are opening up on the Board of Directors in 2019, 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 ccnlichair@naswaz.comClick here to view open positions and to submit your information/interest!

Call for NASW Arizona Branch Award Nominations!
Take a moment to nominate a colleague or community member for NASWAZ Branch level awards.
Branches are encouraged to annually make the following awards:
Branch Social Worker of the Year
Branch Citizen of the Year
Branch Public Elected Official of the Year
Branch Lifetime Achievement
Branch Emerging Leader of the Year
Branch Transformational Educator of the Year
To make a nomination, please fill out the nomination form below for the appropriate branch: Click here to submit a nomination today!

Congratulations to our 2018 NASWAZ Award Winners honored at our Conference in Tempe on November 2nd.Pictured above are: Robin Bonifas, PhD (Transformational Educator of the Year); Heather Seets (Citizen of the Year); Nancy Devine (Social Worker of the Year); John Verrill (Lifetime Achievement Award); Josefina Ahumada (President's Award).

Continuing Education Call for Presenters now OPEN!

NASWAZ hosts various continuing education and as well as professional and personal growth opportunities throughout the year. If you are interested in presenting at our conference, retreat or a CEU workshop please complete the form below. Your application will be saved for Professional Development Committee members to draw upon this pool of applicants for various activities provided through NASW AZ throughout the year.


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!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Branch 3 Social Workers LET’S NETWORK!
Time:5:15 PM

Friday, December 7, 2018

"Professional Resiliency through Self-Care for the Mind" (1 CEU)
Location:Tucson, Arizona Time:12PM - 1:15 PM

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Public Policy Committee Member Call
Time:5:30 PM

More NETWORKING and Continuing Education opportunities to come across Arizona in 2019!


The newly redesigned Social Work Online CE Institute houses hundreds of on-demand titles produced by the NASW Chapters and National Office, and, for your ease of mind, the same NASW login is now the way to access the Institute’s library and all your training history. Additionally, NASW members can enjoy both free CEs and CEs at discounted rates. Find out more at

Tracking, retrieval, content and consulting all in one place

We know how hard it is to keep track of the constantly changing license renewal requirements, and we’re here to help.

CE Tracker tells you exactly what you need to renew your social worker license in your state — everything from the amount and type of CE’s needed, to renewal deadlines.

Public Policy & Regulatory Updates for Arizona

Public Policy Committee Calls:NASWAZ members will hear from the Public Policy Committee on legislative and regulatory updates that affect the social work profession.Calls are scheduled the 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month.You must register at to join the call.

Once you register, you will receive an email and calendar invite with the call details.

This meeting is open to NASW members only. Please click here to register and let us know you'll be there!


Agenda for 12/11 Policy Call

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Legislative 101 Refresher
  • Updates from the Election (committee assignments, etc)
  • 2019 NASW Arizona Legislative Priorities
  • How social workers can take action
  • Practicing self-care while engaging in policy work


Public Policy Priorities for the NASW Arizona Chapter

The results of the 2019 NASWAZ Public Policy Priorities survey are in! Results were presented as part of the morning session at the NASWAZ Conference on November 2nd, and approved by the NASWAZ Board of Directors at the November Board meeting. The Chapter will monitor legislation regarding:

* State and federal funding for Health and Human Service Programs

* Removal of the automatic freeze on KidsCare

* Child Welfare System Reform including implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act and integration of physical and behavioral health care at CMDP

* Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment, including syringe access programs

* Addressing caseloads for school social workers including use of the term “social worker” for those without social work degrees

* Gun violence and school safety

* Support for social justice issues

* Regulation and de-regulation of the social work professional

Continue twice monthly public policy calls for the NASW membership with weekly policy committee member calls during session.

Create weekly legislative updates for the public policy committee members.

Provide testimony as needed as determined by the public policy committee.

Build relationships with new legislators.

Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

The Notice of Final Rulemaking was filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on November 13, 2018. The rules will become effective on January 12, 2019.To view the filing, click here.

National Advocacy Updates

At the national level, NASW continues to engage in advocacy.


Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7

The Medicare open enrollment period ends on December 7. During this period, beneficiaries can review, compare, and switch their prescription drug (Part D) and health coverage. Use this new NASW Practice Alert to help beneficiaries with whom you work understand and navigate open enrollment.

Strengthening Communities for Elder Justice

NASW is working with the National Center on Elder Abuse and the FrameWorks Institute on an initiative to reframe communications about elder abuse, thereby promoting effective social policy solutions that prevent and address the problem. Read this NASW member–only Practice Perspective to learn how to apply the Reframing Elder Abuse strategy in your own work and to obtain current information, tips, and resources about elder justice.

Free Ethics Consultations FOR NASW MEMBERS
The Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) provides individual ethics consultations as a benefit of NASW membership. 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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