Monthly Archives: June 2014

Court Rejects Challenge to Law Banning Gay Therapy

Court Rejects Challenge to Law Banning Gay Therapy

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to California’s law that bars mental counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight.

The justices on Monday, June 30, 2014  let stand an appeals court ruling that said the state’s ban on so-called conversion therapy for minors doesn’t violate the free speech rights of ..Read More…

“Laura’s Law” – AB1421 Brought to Forefront Once Again

By S. Jolene Hui, MSW, NASW-CA Membership Coordinator

Following the Santa Barbara shootings/killings and subsequent shootings, the ongoing national debate about how to prevent these tragedies was brought to the forefront once again. Is it a gun control issue? Is it a mental health issue? Could new legislation deter these kinds of ..Read More…

BBS Processing Wait Times

NASW and other professional associations have been working to reducing the wait time for ASW registrations and LCSW exams. The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and the associations were successful in securing additional staff to process the applications in this fiscal year’s budget (the Governor granted an exception to the statewide hiring freeze). The BBS ..Read More…

Member Spotlight: Kimberly Cox, LCSW from Region F – High Desert Unit

By S. Jolene Hui, MSW, NASW-CA Membership Coordinator

Kimberly Cox is a social worker, teacher, supervisor, wife, mother, and leader. She’s not simply busy; she’s a passionate NASW-CA member who created the high desert unit in Victorville that is part of NASW-CA’s Region F.

Because of the distance from the other units ..Read More…

Is It Justice or Just Us?

Questioning the Constitutionality of Civil Gang Injunctions and Sentence Enhancements

By Monica Burke

In 1986 it was estimated that there were more than 600 active gangs in California (Libman, 2012). Between the years of 1981 and 2000 there were reportedly 10,000 gang related crimes committed in California primarily in ..Read More…

Grant Opportunity

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced the following grant opportunity:

Health Careers Opportunity Program Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals Grant.

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Below you will find a brief description of this opportunity and a link to the website ..Read More…