National Association of Social Workers Utah ChapterNASWNewsSpring 2011Membership Matters!2011 Legislative Wrap-UpHighlights2011 Legislative wrap-upNew! Under 30 SpotlightContinuing educationquestions answered!In Like a Lion out Like a Lamb (sort of):Cuts to Services not as Dire as Initially PredictedThe 2011 session of the Utah State Legislature officially began Monday, January 24. OfNASW E-ballotcourse, budget negotiations dominated the legislative landscape as we continue our eco-Branch meeting schedulenomic recovery. At the onset of the session, many legislators were concerned that our pre-Advocacy highlights forclinical social workersdicted revenue growth (our first year of growth since 2008) would not compensate for the“structural imbalance”, which totaled some 313 million. This “imbalance” was attributed tothe discontinuation of federal stimulus funds and draining down other one-time sources ofrevenue during the past couple of tough economic years.Governor Gary Herbert’s budget proposal (supported by NASW) proposed an 11.9 billionstate budget that did not include cuts, relying instead on continued economic growth, ex-Inside this issue:pedited tax payment deadlines for self-employed Utahns, and utilization of the state’s Rainy2011 LegislativeWrap-up1Under 30 Spotlight3Day Fund.However, in contrast to the governor’s budget—and before revenue estimates were finalized—the Legislature initially proposed 7% across the board cuts to the state budget.This4budget included cuts to the always vulnerable social services budget, where 100 separateNewly Launched!5tigations of domestic violence committed in front of children, a 3 million cut to DSPD, a 2Advocacy Highlightsfor LCSW’s6E-ballot information7Licensing FAQ’sBranch meetingsNewsletter questionsreductions were proposed, including cuts to services for the blind, a 5.2 million cut for inves-million cut to mental health services for children and adults who are not eligible for Medicaid, cuts to women and children’s treatment programs, loss of receiving services in juvenilejustice (which will result in the loss of a 1million dollar federal match), and a 4.6 million lossto the Utah State Hospital.9Fortunately, revenue projections improved, and with a more favorable base budget, we11expect fewer cuts to critical social services.Next Page. NASW’s 2011 Legislative Priorities and OutcomesMembers! You are holding 1.5 ceu’s! Read the newsletter, correctly answer the questions on page 11, and receive a certificate for 1.5 ceu’s!

2011 NASW Legislative Priorities and Outcomes NASW was neutral on H.B. 229, Amendments to the Mental Health Professional Practice Act, by Rep, Keith Grover,allows CSW’s to practice as a 1099 employee and allows certain training and supervision to be conductedonline. OUTCOME: This bill failed in committee. May be reintroduced next session. NASW opposed HB 244, Online Mental Health Therapy, by Rep. Keith Grover, Allows mental health therapists toconduct therapy remotely (via online, telephonically) to individuals outside of the State. NASW opposed this bill untilsuch time that we can facilitate dialogue with a broader audience that includes professional organizations andother jurisdictions to develop clear, comprehensive ethical and legal interstate standards intended to protect socialworkers and vulnerable clients. OUTCOME: This bill failed in committee. May be reintroduced next session. NASW supported SCR 1, Crisis Intervention Team Concurrent Resolutions, by Sen. Patricia Jones, This resolution recognizes the Crisis Intervention Team Training Program as the model of best practice for law enforcement interventionwith persons who have a mental illness; and encourages law enforcement agencies and community mental healthcenters to work together in conjunction with other community partners to have a cadre of certified Crisis InterventionTeam-trained officers in all jurisdictions; and develop and maintain active crisis intervention team programs regionallyand throughout the state. OUTCOME: This bill passed. NASW supported SB 46, Higher Education Residency Requirements, by Sen. Dayton, broadens current law by enabling a dependent of an active duty member of the U.S. military to obtain residency for tuition by providing proofother than demonstrating the parent pays income taxes in Utah. Approved by the Senate Education Committee onThursday, after some amendments which tightened the other requirements, and now goes to the full Senate.OUTCOME: This bill passed. NASW opposed HB 119, Nonresident Tuition Waiver Amendments, by Rep. Wimmer, repeals the law allowing students who attended and graduated from a Utah High School resident tuition regardless of their immigrationstatus. This would affect approximately 600 students at USHE institutions. OUTCOME: This bill did not pass. NASW supported HB 14, Catastrophic Mental Health Coverage-Sunset Act, by Rep. Dunnigan, changes the repealdates for catastrophic mental health coverage from 2011 to 2013-2016. OUTCOME: This bill passed. NASW supported HB 205, Domestic Violence and Dating Violence Amendments, by Rep. Ray, provides for the issuance, modification, and enforcement of protective orders between certain individuals who are, or have been, in anabusive dating relationship. OUTCOME: This bill did not for rent?job posting?practice partner?Page 2Place an ad on our new websitego to:

Under 30 Spotlight-Jesse Ellis, CSWHere is our interview with one of Utah’s emerging leaders, Jesse Ellis! A recent graduate ofBYU School of Social Work.How did you discover social work?:“Following a “two year religious sabbatical” toMendoza Argentina, I returned to Utah Countyand quickly began working as a State Farm Insurance Agent. One month beforehand, mymother enrolled me as a student at Utah ValleyState College, now Utah Valley University (yes I’m that old) and began attending classes in mystead until I returned from South America. Truly allI remember from my first semester in college ishaving to explain to everyone how I was connected to that nice blond, older lady who tookreally good notes and why suddenly she stoppedcoming to class. Oh, I also remember somethingabout the barbarian invasions of the early middle ages (History 2680 Medieval Renaissance; mymom thought it sounded interesting). Needless tosay I was quickly developing the pertinent skillsneeded for becoming a successful social workerlater in life, skills such as gaining empathy forthose who wonder aimlessly with little direction ormeaning in life or learning how to pay my billswith little to no income.Shortly after selling my 25th supplemental healthinsurance policy to a senior citizen couple onMedicare I realized I was horribly unsatisfied withmy job, quit and began working at Tahitian NoniInternational selling exotic island beauty/healthproducts to victims of low self esteem and or excessive spending habits (warning.the juice initially tastes like vomit). Again, wrong profession.Then I discovered the foster care system but notas a participant, but rather, as a mentor, whichmentor position came to me as a referral from anold estranged friend of mine. He talked about“making money by hanging out with kids whodon’t live with their real parents.” It sounded interesting so I applied, got the job and suddenlydidn’t loath going to work anymore and eventhough this foster care agency would eventuallyshut down for issues related to money laundering, (trust me I was not involved) working with at-risk youth primarily helped me to cultivate aninterest for working in the social service sector. Oras a psycho analytic would say, “It helped meprocess the trauma of being teased in middleschool for being grossly overweight as well as thetrauma associated with being teased for notofficially hitting puberty until my sophomore yearof high school I was still singing soprano in thechamber choir (perhaps I’m still trying to processthat one).” I later became a domestic violenceadvocate, a residential counselor for a juveniletreatment center, a social policy representativeand a substance abuse counselor. “Why social work?:“After working with the foster care children I realized that I wanted to do something within the “helping professions”however I wasn’t sure which track topursue. Initially I was studying psychologybut later changed my focus to socialwork because of its broad scope ofpractice, which helped me, feel lessconfined. When considering my future Iwanted to belong to a versatile, respected and meaningful profession.Now that I am a practicing social workerI have to say that I have absolutely noregrets about studying social work asopposed to the other helping disciplines.On most days I help people in very significant ways and in ways that only asocial worker can. Because I am trainedto work with people in their environmentI am uniquely prepared to access theservices needed to help these individuals sort through the clinical difficulties oftheir lives. This type of work directly contributes to my sense of purpose and significance and yes I do believe that thereis more to life than earning lots ofmoney.”You were instrumental in developing ClergyBridge whilean MSW student at BYU. Tellus more about that:“During my graduate studies at BYU Ihelped organize a community serviceproject, which aimed at bridging thegap between social services and thereligious sector. We called it ClergyBridge and worked to include all faithsaddressing the concerns clergy havewhen addressing mental health issues oftheir parishioners. People can access thisproject by going “Jesse Ellis currently serveson the NASW board ofdirectors, and on theNASW advocacy andsocial justice committee.Prior to that, Jesse was thestatewide MSWrepresentative to the NASWBoard of Directors. Jesseembodies manyoutstanding qualities thatmake him a rising star in thesocial work community.Under 30 Spotlight is a new sectionhonoring emerging leaders in socialwork.If you would like to nominate an under30 emerging leader, please call oremail NASW staff at801-583-8855 [email protected] are you doing now?“I am an emergency room crisis socialworker, an adjunct professor and anassessment and referral coordinator forcourt ordered substance abusers. I alsoserve on the NASW Board of Directors.”Page 3

Utah Licensing FAQ’sWhat new changes have been made in the requirementsfor continuing education?Recent Social Work Rules changes have gone into effect.Social Service Workers (SSW) are now required to obtain20 hours of continuing education credit every two yearsOctober 1, 2010-September 30, 2012. Three of these ceu’s(for both SSW’s and LCSW’s) must be in ETHICS.How many ceu’s can I earn through the internet or throughhome study?This number also recently changed. LCSW’s can earn upto 15 ceu’s every two years through these “non traditional” methods.SSW’s can earn up to 10 ceu’s every two years through“non traditional” methods.NASW, Utah has a huge catalog of “non-traditional” ceu’savailable on our website. Go to andclick on the “Online CE Institute.”In what other ways can an LCSW earn their 40 continuingeducation hours?Every licensed clinical social worker must have 40 hours ofcontinuing education during the two-year cycle. In addition to 15 ceu’s (10 if you are an SSW) The hours may beearned in the following ways:Category I: 40 hours may be earned in formal workshops,conferences, seminars, lectures, training sessions or university classes.Category II: 10 hours can be earned by lecturing or instructing continuing education courses.What is the deadline for earning ceu’s?September 30, 2012., same as the deadline to renew yourlicense.Can I get continuing education credit for teaching in auniversity or college?You cannot earn continuing education credit for teachingregular curriculum classes in a university or college. Most ofthe students enrolled in regular courses are unlicensedundergraduate or graduate students and are not eligiblefor continuing education hours. You may earn 10 hours ofCategory II credit by teaching continuing educationclasses.What happens if I don’t meet the ceu requirement of 40clock hours by the end of the recertification period?You will be subject to review by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing for unprofessional conduct. When you renew your liPage 4cense every two years, you must sign that you haveearned your continuing education hours. If you falsify thatrenewal document, you are subject to legal consequences.How long do I need to keep my documentation?You need to keep documentation for four years after therecertification cycle ends. If you are audited by DOPL, youmust produce proof of continuing education.How many continuing education hours can I carry over tothe next cycle?You may carry over up to 10 hours to the next ceu cycle.Why do some workshops advertise that they “meet DOPLrequirements” and others advertise that they are“approved by NASW’?The Social Work Rules of the Mental Health Practice Actrequire continuing education for licensed clinical socialworkers, as set forth by the Utah State Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing. The DOPL requirements spell out those continuing education activities thatqualify for approval. A workshop sponsor may choose tonot apply for NASW approval and may advertise that, inthe opinion of the sponsor, the workshop meets DOPL’srequirements. It then becomes the responsibility of theLCSW or SSW to decide if he or she feels comfortable attending the workshop under those conditions. Most workshop sponsors choose to seek NASW approval so that theparticipants are assured that the workshop meets the criteria for continuing education approval. A workshop maynot advertise that it has received NASW approval if it hasnot completed the application process.How do I keep track of my ceu hours?You may use any system you choose. A suggested CEUtracking form is available on the Utah Chapter NASW website. If you are audited, you will be required to submitdocumentation of attendance at workshops and conferences, proof of completion of home study or on-linecourses, and outlines of continuing education classestaught.Why do some workshops refuse to give our ceu certificatesuntil the workshop is over?Participants must attend the entire workshop to earn acertificate of completion. If you arrive late or leave early,you will receive an amended certificate.I am a CSW, do I need ceu’s?No, since CSW is a transitional license, there is no ceurequirement.

Utah NASW Launches HelpPRO Therapist FinderTake Approved CEU’s ThroughUTNASW’s Online CE Institute!Did you know that recent changes to Utah’s licensing law allows you to earn more ceu's onlineand through home study?LCSW’s can earn 15 out of 40 ceu's and SSW’scan earn 10 out of 20 ceu's through approvedonline courses, podcasts, and home study everytwo years.NASW, Utah has hundreds of APPROVED onlineand home study ceu's available through ournewly launched, and very user- friendly ONLINECE INSTITUTE!If you enjoy the convenience of online andhome study ceu's, but worry about whether ornot they are “approved,” visit our websiteat and access ourONLINE CE INSTITUTE. All ceu’s through theONLINE CE INSTITUTE are Utah NASW approvedfor continuing education credit!NASW Member Discounts!A great source for professional referrals!Here in the NASW office, we receive many inquiries frompeople looking for licensed clinical social workers. Inresponse to this, the Utah Chapter is promoting theHelpPRO Therapist Finder. This is an online registry of licensed clinical social workers which includes areas ofspecialization, office location and insurance information.For a single annual fee (reduced for NASW members)your practice information is listed in both the therapistfinder and the social work finder.We are hoping to build our Utah registry of licensed clinical social workers in order to better serve the community. If you are a licensed clinical social worker interested in building your practice, consider utilizing thiscomprehensive and easy service.The annual fee for a basic listing is 30 for NASW members, and 75 for non-members. For more information,go to our website, under QUICK LINKS, click on “find asocial worker,” or go to –Utah is promoting HelpPRO as a service to itsmembers and the community, and receives no incentives or kickbacks from HelpPRO or other entities.NASW Spring Professional Education Series 2011Approved for SSW’s and LCSW’sFriday, May 13th 40 members/ 55 Non-members9:00a-12:00p Kristin Hodson, LCSW (3 ceu's)Recognizing Prenatal Mood Disorders1:00p-4:00ptwo sessions left!Paul Carbone, MD (3 ceu's)Understanding Autism Spectrum DisordersFriday, May 20th 85 members 115 non-members ALL DAY8:30a-3:30p Jim Struve, LCSW (7 ceu's) MINDFULNESS LUNCH INCLUDEDUsing Mindfulness for you and Your ClientsAll workshops held at the University of Utah College of Social Work.Free parking across the street in the east stadium lot.For more information or to registervisit us at www.utnasw.orgor801-583-8855Page 5

NASW Advocacy for Clinical Social WorkersHighlights of 2010On behalf of NASW members, the Association engages in a variety of advocacy efforts to improvesocial work practice. Below are some of the highlights from 2010.Medicare Reimbursement for Health and BehaviorAssessment and Intervention CPT CodesCurrently, clinical social workers are unableto receive reimbursement for Medicareservices performed under the Health andBehavior Assessment and InterventionCurrent Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codes.These codes identify services related to thepsychological, behavioral, emotional,cognitive, and social factors significant toprevention, treatment, or management of aphysical illness. During 2010, NASW hadseveral discussions, including a face-to-facemeeting with the Centers for Medicare andMedicaid Services (CMS) to reverse thisdecision and allow clinical social workerspayment access to these codes. CMS isconsidering the request and informedNASW that it would also be helpful for theAssociation to seek a legislative change ofthe definition of “clinical social work” in orderfor clinical social workers to receive payment.NASW’s Government Relations Departmentis reviewing possibilities for legislativeconsideration. NASW’s efforts to obtainpayment of these codes are ongoing.Social Security Disability Eligibility DeterminationsClinical social workers are unable to determineeligibility determinations for persons with a disabling mental illness applying for Social Securitydisability benefits. In partnership with the ClinicalSocial Work Association, NASW submitted a requestto the Social Security Administration to allow clinical social workers to become “medical sources” todetermine eligibility for disability benefits. Documents detailing education, evidence-based practice, supervision, regulations and statutes were submitted to substantiate that clinical social workershad the requisite expertise and skills to determineeligibility for Social Security mental health benefits.The Social Security Administration is reviewingNASW’s application, however it may take severalmonths to receive a response.For more clinical social work resources sp.Page 6Low Reimbursement FeesThrough its participation on the AmericanMedical Association Relative Value UpdateCommittee and its Health Care Professional Advisory Committee, NASW is advocating for increases in reimbursement for clinical socialworkers. To determine reimbursement rates,over 75 percent of health plans use the resource based formula and work and practiceexpense values approved by CMS and thesecommittees. During the summer of 2010, NASWparticipated in a psychotherapy survey duringthe Five Year Review Process of CPT codessponsored by CMS and the American MedicalAssociation. The purpose of the survey wastodetermine if new work values for CPT psychiatric codes were warranted. Work values comprise 54 percent of the CPT codes and includethe mental effort, skills, and time it takes to perform a psychotherapy service. NASW invited theClinical Social Work Association to participate inthe survey process, and between members ofboth associations, over 532 clinical social workers participated in the survey process. Al-though the survey results revealed that workvalues should be decreased, due to the lowvalues submitted by clinical social workers,implementation of these values will not takeplace at this time. Instead, clinical socialworkers will have another opportunity to participate in a new survey using new CPT psychiatric codes that are currently being developed.Social Work Representation on the DSM-VThe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual ofMental Disorders – Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) iscurrently being revised by the American Psychiatric Association and will soon becomethe DSM-V. Clinical social workers expressedconcerns about lack of representation ontheDSM-V Committee. NASW made severalunsuccessful requests to the American Psychiatric Association for representation on theDSM-V Committee and its subcommittees.However, the Association did submit comments to the draft DSM-V during the publiccomment period in April 2010 and requestedthat members also submit comments. Clinicalsocial workers have been accepted for clinical trials for the DSM-V, and NASW was involved in developing clinical indicators forclinical social workers to participate in theclinical trials.These highlights are just afew examplesof NASW’s advocacy efforts.More information is available onNASW’s Website at strives tomeet theneeds ofmembers andencouragesthem to informthe associationof areas ofconcerns affecting thesocial workpractice community.

2011-2012 NASW Utah Board of Directors ElectionYour E-Ballot will be available on our website afterApril 30th, 2011!Go to View candidates’ biographical information Complete your 2011-2012 E-BallotLearn more about thecandidates at:Complete your E- ballot afterApril 30th at:www.utnasw.orgwww.utnasw.orgIf you prefer a paper ballot, please call or email the NASW office at801-583-8855 or [email protected] Hutchings Establishes Award and Scholarship RecognizingDedication to Social Work at Its Intersection With NASWLongtime NASW member, board member, and University of Utah alumnae, Elise Hutchings has established both an annual award and scholarship for outstanding University of Utah social work students whodemonstrate academic aptitude and leadership in NASW at its intersection with social work practice.The National Association of Social Workers Annual Award recognizes an outstanding graduating studentfor his/her commitment to the relevance of NASW in social work practice. This year’s recipient isStephen Moore, an advanced standing MSW student. Stephen has demonstrated an interest in anddedicated service to social work practice, shown recognition of the role NASW plays at various level ofsocial work practice, and displayed enthusiastic involvement in NASW. Stephen will be honored at theUniversity of Utah along with other award recipients at the end of April. Congratulations to Stephen, anda very gracious thank you to Ms. Elise Hutchings for her generous support of social work and NASW.Look for additional details regarding the Elise Kasteler Hutchings Scholarship for Leadership in NASW at ips.htmlPage 7

NASW/ASI Launches New Life Line Health Screening Benefit forNASW Members and their Families!ASI has just launched a new benefit, Life Line Health Screening, under the Health Choices Program. Why? Four out of fivestrokes occur with no warning, and cardiovascular disease is our #1 cause of death and a leading cause of disabilities.Life Line provides affordable, convenient, preventive health screening and medical testing that can help NASW membersand their loved ones detect serious health problems (like blocked arteries, irregular heart rhythm, and aneurysms), for followup with a physician or emergency room, or that can help allay concerns of healthy individuals* giving them peace of mind.ASI is offering access to this affordable service to all NASW members and their loved ones **, hoping it may particularlybenefit those with inadequate coverage, or those with no health coverage at all due to eligibility issues, so that they mightproactively avoid expensive, life-changing medical catastrophes.NASW and ASI care about NASW members and are working hard to increase membership value and to add even moremeaningful, affordable new benefits for them. ASI receives no revenue from Life Line for this program so that we can passany profits directly to NASW members in the form of the lowest possible discount price available ( 129***) for the Life LineStroke, Vascular Disease and Heart Rhythm Package of four major Life Line health screening tests for: 1. Stroke / Carotid Artery Disease; 2. Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA); 3. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD); and 4. Heart Rhythm Screening(Atrial Fibrillation). This series of tests would typically cost in the Thousands if ordered by your physician.You can make online appointments for themselves and their family members at or byphone with a caring Life Line call representative at 1-888-466-7876. A launch announcement is also available at id 34Additional NASW members will be notified about Life Line Health Screening availability on an ongoing basis. This is based onthe scheduling of mobile screening units in local communities.*Although NASW members and their families are free to participate in the Life Line screening services as theychoose, and we know that individuals have followed up with their physicians for life-saving services as a result,it’s always good to consult your physician beforehand or if your screening results indicate any sort of problem,for a recommendation on what may be best for you.**Please don’t miss the fact that NASW members are being provided this benefit so that they are able to in-Expense-Paid Training Opportunity for Social Workers, Nurses and Pharmacistson Oral Chemotherapy AdherenceThe National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), the National Association of Social Workers(NASW), the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW)are pleased to host a Train-the-Trainer conference on cancer oral medication adherence at theNASW National Office in Washington, DC on Wednesday June 15, 2011. This one-day conference willprovide attendees with the knowledge and skills necessary to train their colleagues in promoting adherence to cancer oral medication among patients and their family members. Thirty (30) people willbe selected to participate in this one-day training, which will be led by social work, nursing and pharmacy professionals. Preference will be given to team applications. Expenses related to the conference (travel, lodging and meals) will be covered by NASW. In the 12 months following the conference, each attendee will be required to train at least 20 of his/her professional peers.Applications Due: Monday, April 25th.Click here to download the application materials: 11.aspPage 8

Utah Chapter Establishes Tom Mulder Memorial FundThe Utah Chapter is pleased to announce the Tom Mulder Memorial Fund. Tom Mulder (1938-2008) is awell known Salt Lake City artist who brought India, Mexico, Italy, and France to Utah through his beautiful paintings. In addition to being an accomplished artist, Tom was a kind and generous man. Amonghis many charitable works, Tom donated to and supported AIDS and LGBT-related events focused onpromoting awareness, acceptance and understanding.Recently, Tom Mulder's family generously donated five of Tom’s early works to the Utah Chapter whichwere subsequently sold to various art collectors. The collection and sale of these pieces was spearheaded and facilitated by NASW board of directors Vice President, Don R. Austin.The money generated from the sale of this artwork is designated for educational events focused onLGBT issues, and will be managed through the NASW Foundation. The first workshop supported by theFund, focused on supporting families through the coming-out process, will be held in June or July. Details are still being finalized, but more information about this evening workshop will be forthcoming.Establishing the Tom Mulder Memorial Fund came from the generous donation made by the Mulderfamily, John Bennett who represented the family, Don R Austin, vice president Utah Chapter of NASWwho coordinated the fundraiser, Emily Bleyl, Chapter executive and the NASW Board of Directors forsupporting the project, as well as the NASW Foundation, administrators of the fund. A big thank you toall involved!If you are interested in contributing to this fund, please contact Emily Bleyl at 801-583-8855 [email protected] NumbersNASW, Utah Chapter Office:Membership (changes, 800-355-3869801-530-6767888-5sw-examhearing impaired/TT 888-332-examThe Utah NASWCareer Centerwww.utnasw.orgUpdated weekly!Members-only benefitOffice of Ethics and Professional ReviewWashington, discounts1.800.638.8799 x231 consultationsPage 9

NASW Branch Meetings/Brown Bags Free ceu’s for members!Meetings offer free continuing education credits for NASW members, and are held in each branch on a regular basis(except in the summer in some branches). Questions? Call us at 801-583-8855 or your branch representative.Northern Branch: Branch Representative: Nathan Hadley 801-334-2204Topics and Dates TBD (look for announcements online and our mailings!)Salt Lake Branch: Branch Representatives: Rebecca Mabe 801-582-1565 x 2321May 5, 2011 12p-1pTopic: Come to

ognizes the Crisis Intervention Team Training Program as the model of best practice for law enforcement intervention with persons who have a mental illness; and encourages law enforcement agencies and community mental health centers to work together in conjunction with other community