May 2018 News

National Foster Care Month (Casey Family Programs) 

Older Americans Month (Administration on Aging) 

Older Americans Mental Health Week (Administration on Aging)

National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day (National Mental Health Association) 

National Nursing Home Week (American Health Care Association)

Cover the Uninsured Week (Kaiser Family Foundation)

National Mental Health Month (National Mental Health Association)

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month



Did you know that students who join NASW before graduation enjoy discounted dues for up to four years if they maintain continuous membership? 

Those who wait until after graduation to join won’t be eligilbe for the Transition dues of 40%-75% off the regular member rate!

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 ATTENTION ALL Schools of Social Work


We want to share your Social Work Club meetings, special activities, study group photos and more on our Facebook page!  Send your pictures with a brief description to

And Seniors, what are your plans?  We would love to post what you are doing next as well!  Send your pictures of graduation, your first day at your new job, local social worker gatherings, etc. as you move into your social work career!!


Martha Alef, LaTaria Anderson, Margaret Anglin, Casey Barnett, Jessica Best, Franchester Bey, Mallory Bierman, Sarah Bierman, Alexis Bolton, Rhonda Brady, Raven Brown, Rebecca Buckman, Alana Busby, Morgan, Carrell, Kristen Cauley, Cristall Clanton, Lakeytha Clay, Austin Conner, Brittany Cook, Colleen Corby, Dameon Cunningham, Claudia Dominguez, Melissa Ellis, Elizabeth Ellison, Samone Flowers, Chloe Fricker, Andrea Germany, Madison Hawes, Mokeysha Hayes, Doris Hines, Peggy Hurley, Latia Johnson, Brenda Johnson, Rashae Johnson, Miranda Jones, Christine Jorgensen, Ambriel Kinney, Ellen Lee, Quitley Lee, Naomi Lofton, Misty McCaffrey, Randa Moody, Jyoti Nepal, Kristen Olson, Mayra Ortega, Shiesha Outlaw, Gabriel Parson, Jordan Patchett, Shakisa Richardson, Mallory Roberts, Tameka Robinson, Deidra Rose, Michaella Schallack, Kayla Scott, Cynthia Scott, Latise Strong, Hannah Tabor, Rhianna Towney, Cajavia Turner, Christian Vaughn, Carlissa Washington, Brittany Washington, Joshua Weatherford, Queen Williams, Amber Williams, Alexandra Wright 



Branch Elections Extended...remember the chapter structure changed last year....

NASW MS Chapter is divided into 10 Branches. Elected Branch Representatives are your voting Board members and organizers for activities in your area. Get involved!  

For information on how you can participate in activity in your area, check the PROGRAM BRANCH page and watch your email for notices being sent for October activities!

CE programs, networking, special events, and community fundraisers are all part of the Branch experience.  Join the local experience of NASW MS to get support and give back to your community!  CE events are free for NASW members!


Do you have pictures to share of your events?  Our Media Team can post these for you on our Facebook page and other social media!  Send these to!

All material will be screened for appropriate content and  not guaranteed to be posted.


Did you know that NASW Members receive a 10% discount on TherapyNotes?  Click the link below for more info...

Former NASW, MS Chapter President Reaches New Milestone, 40 Years in the Making
Virginia Adolph

Though it has been 40 years since she graduated from Newcomb College in 1978, Virginia Adolph is once again ready to celebrate commencement as a Tulane graduate.

Adolph is one of 11 students who took part in the inaugural doctoral program offered by the School of Social Work at the Tulane campus located in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Click for entire article.

New App for Dating Violence and Prevention

myPlan is an online tool designed to help students who may be experiencing dating violence evaluate their safety, make decisions, and connect to campus and community services. It’s also for friends who want to support someone they are concerned may be in an abusive relationship.

Backed by research from multiple NIH funded trials, myPlan can support student safety, is private, personalized for each situation, and completely free. It can be accessed online or via a downloadable smartphone app at


This New Federal Law Will Change Foster Care As We Know It

A new federal law, propelled by the belief that children in difficult homes nearly always fare best with their parents, effectively blows up the nation’s troubled foster care system.

Few outside child welfare circles paid any mind to the law, which was tucked inside a massive spending bill President Donald Trump signed in February. But it will force states to overhaul their foster care systems by changing the rules for how they can spend their annual $8 billion in federal funds for child abuse prevention.

The law, called the Family First Prevention Services Act, prioritizes keeping families together and puts more money toward at-home parenting classes, mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment — and puts limits on placing children in institutional settings such as group homes. It’s the most extensive overhaul of foster care in nearly four decades. Click below for the full article...

NASW presents JSU professor Charles Araujo with Social Worker of the Year Award

NASW Members in the News Around the Country

Schools balancing emergency prep, mental health
Daily Journal (Tupelo, MS)

Leah Headings is a member:  As school districts plan for worst case scenarios, they are balancing emergency prep against adding anxiety. Active shooter drills can feel very real to children already anxious over their safety at school. “I’m not saying they shouldn’t (have active shooter drills), but they need to be aware it could cause distress,” said Tupelo licensed clinical social worker Leah Headings, who works with children and families. “Different kids react to trauma and stress differently.”

Kyle L. Northam, Senior Division Administrator

NASW Membership, Marketing & Communications Division

NASW SHARES “School Safety Resources”

A new  page has been added to the School Social Work Practice page on the NASW website: .   



NASW has been notified by some members that they are receiving letters regarding  reimbursement reductions recently implemented by Humana, Tricare East.  If you have a copy of the email/letter that Humana sent announcing the reduction, please forward a copy to the NASW, MS Chapter office at

Mirean Coleman, MSW, LICSW, CT, Clinical Manager, NASW  

Medicaid Work Requirements

On the current tax reform plan:
On Implementing Medicaid work requirements:

CCMC & NASW Collaboration!
CMMC & NASW announce a collaboration to address the growing demand for health care managers by giving social workers two ways to earn the Commission's Certified Case Manager credential.  NASW members get a discount on the CCM; call 800-742-4089. Click the link for a short video .

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