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Update from NASW FL on Irma & NASW TX on Harvey: How Social Workers can Help

Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners Harvey Relief Update
The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners has received authorization from the Governor to create a temporary registration process for social workers with active licenses in good standing from other U.S. states to provide services in connection to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  For more information please visit the board’s webpage at: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/socialwork/default.shtm 

HURRICANE IRMA ALERT: The NASW Florida Chapter has posted information on its website and Facebook page for social workers to sign up as Red Cross mental health volunteers and a list of shelters for Miami/Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. NASW Florida Chapter's Big Bend Unit members are relocating displaced senior citizens from South Florida to a facility in Tallahassee. The Florida Chapter will issue more updates as needed. NASW is also seeking hurricane information from our Puerto Rico and Virgin Island Chapters.

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF: The NASW Texas Chapter: You can check our website for updates, which we are doing several times a day, at www.naswtx.org Check the Facebook pages for Houston, Gulf Coast, Southeast Texas for local efforts and needs.  Keep in mind that if you decide to come and are not a part of an approved or organized group to provide services you might find locating lodging and food a challenge, in addition to not having a license to practice in Texas.

Please go to the URL's below to register as a volunteer.  In the coming days and weeks we will know more about the need. If you register with VOAD and Red Cross they can call you directly. If you are a certified Red Cross Volunteer your license is honored in the area/state in which you are sent to help.
     https://www.nvoad.org/hurricane-harvey/volunteer/ 
     http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/lp/hurricane-harvey-health-professionals 
You can donate monies to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund and the Houston Disaster Fund, or to other local disaster funds for areas affected.

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2017 Social Work Day at the Legislature, Feb. 22, 2017, attracted over 200 Social Work practitioners from around the state, as well as MSW and BSW Social Work students and faculty from Concord University, Marshall University, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University and West Virginia University.

During the orientation participants heard from Dr. Debra Young, Vice President of the NASW WV Board of Directors, Tara Martinez from the WV Center on Budget and Policy, and MSW candidate Lena Lambert, who last year as a Herndon Scholar served as staff in the House Government Organization Committee. Dr. Young set the stage for the day. Ms. Martinez spoke of the "Protect WV" campaign which endorses revenue enhancements to protect essential human service programs in the budgeting process. Lena "caught the policy bug" as a Herndon Scholar with a  major House committee, performing analysis on bills, informing committee members, etc. She asked everyone to understand the importance of what goes on at the legislature. Executive Director Sam Hickman pointed out there is no area of Social Work that is not dependent in some way on the state and/or federal budget to fund essential services and/or employ professionals to administer programs. ALL Social Workers need to become valuable information resources to their elected representatives, who are usually not experts in our field.

As the 2017 NASW Social Work Month theme indicates, we must STAND UP for those cannot do stand up for themselves, and for the effective, important programs and services provided by Social Workers that improve the lives of West Virginia's most vulnerable citizens and others who need our help to stabilize their lives, become self-sufficient and be productive members of society!

NASW WV is working hard to influence the administration's perspective on health, mental health and social programs, and the functioning of DHHR, Medicaid and other social infrastructure programs so important to the clients and communities we serve!