2019-2020 Birdwoman Scholar Spotlight: William Feather, MSW Candidate, Humboldt State University

The Birdwoman Scholarship is a monetary grant awarded to Native American/Native Alaskan master’s or bachelor’s social work degree candidates in California. Birdwoman Scholarship recipients in the past have worked or volunteered in both public and nonprofit agency settings.

For the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting each of our scholarship recipients for 2019.

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Executive Director’s Message: The Tragedy of Gabriel F.

By Janlee Wong, NASW-CA Executive Director

In 2013, Gabriel F. died from severe physical abuse. Although Gabriel’s case was closed at the time, he was known to Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) since 2011. In 2016, felony child abuse and falsification of records charges were filed against four DCFS workers (two ..Read More…


NASW-CA Statement on Ethical Violations

No Possible Reason For Violating Confidentiality

As professional social workers, and our professional association NASW are shocked and outraged that the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and ICE have violated the confidentiality of mental health records to use information from therapy sessions to try and deport those held in detention and seeking asylum.

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Political Action

Professional Development

Announcement: OSHPD’s Healthcare Workers Development Division Announces Scholarships and Loan Forgiveness Programs for 2020

The Healthcare Workforce Division (HWDD) administers programs that improve access to health care in underserved areas of California. The  programs support individual students and graduates with scholarships and/or loan repayment, and educational training programs that show a commitment to increasing the number of primary care healthcare providers in California. HWDD acts as the State’s Primary Care Office (PCO) ..Read More…

Council Reports


Open Bridges: CalAIM and the Use of In Lieu of Services Offers Hope For Thousands of the Elderly Who Could Benefit From Skilled Nursing Facility Diversion/Transition.

By Jason Bloome

California is currently requesting stakeholder input for their CalAIM proposal, an ambitious undertaking which will streamline the delivery of Medicare and Medi-Cal services with the ultimate goal of transitioning the state to Managed Long Term Support and Services (MLTSS).  One component of CalAIM, the use of In Lieu of Services (ILOS), will ..Read More…


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Legal Issues

Stay Current: State Statutes on Child Welfare

From Child Welfare Information Gateway:

Stay Current on Your State’s Child Welfare Statutes

Every state has their own laws and statutes to protect children and youth. Learn what you need to know about your state and find out what other states are doing. Read and share the State Statutes series!

The following state statute summaries ..Read More…