Implications of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to America’s Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations: A Social Justice Perspective

 Implications of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to America’s Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations

Social Justice Perspective

By Melvin H. Wilson, MBA, LCSW
Senior Policy Consultant, Social Justice and Human Rights
National Association of Social Workers

A PDF version is available for download here:


By this time, nearly all Americans are aware that the country ..Read More…


Executive Director’s Message: COVID-19 and Social Work

By Janlee Wong, NASW-CA Executive Director

As the pandemic continues and infection rates continue to grow, “states where community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase.” We learn this from monitoring important accurate sources of information such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): 


California is one of those states in ..Read More…


CSWE Statement on Field Hour Reduction


CSWE and Commission on Accreditation Statement

March 25, 2020

The safety of students, educators, social workers, and their clients and communities are paramount to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and its Council on Accreditation (COA). In response to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to supporting social work education ..Read More…

Political Action

U.S. House and Senate Bill Would End Practice of Using Confidential Therapy Notes Against Detained Immigrant Children

Kevin Euceda, an immigrant from Honduras, has spent more than 1,000 days in U.S. custody. (Photo Credit: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

Seeking to end a practice that one senator called a “profound betrayal of trust,” legislation was introduced Wednesday in the Senate and House of Representatives to stop the Trump administration from using confidential ..Read More…

Professional Development

“Key Developments in Medicare Telehealth Options During COVID-19” Webinar From March 23rd Free To View For NASW Members

This webinar provides an update on guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on enhanced telehealth (including teletherapy) options for Medicare beneficiaries during the current COVID-19 public health emergency. The webinar provides the following:

•A detailed overview of CMS’ guidance
•Implications for licensed clinical social work practice
•Implications for commercial insurer telehealth reimbursement
•Suggested resources ..Read More…

Council Reports

Announcement From API Council-North Regarding COVID-19 Resources

Anti-COVID-19 Resources

1) As part of NASW, we would like to share our national-wise statement with you below. While it’s important to stay informed and remain prepared, we encourage our Council members to take care of yourself and seek support if needed during this time. Please be safe and stay healthy. API Social Work Council ..Read More…


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…



The NASW California Chapter is cancelling its April 19-20, 2020 Lobby Days event due to the worsening COVID-19 situation. We are following guidance from California Governor Newsom, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the California State Department of Public Health, and local governments regarding the cancellation of mass events. Our event is also impacted by the ..Read More…

Other News

UC Berkeley: In memoriam, Sylvia Bracamonte (BASW ’17 MSW ’19)

We lost one of our own this week. Here is Dean Burton’s message regarding the death of recent alum Sylvia Bracamonte:

Dear Haviland community,

We were heartbroken to learn of the death yesterday of Sylvia Bracamonte, who graduated from our MSW program last spring. She also earned her undergraduate degree in social welfare at Cal, and ..Read More…

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…