Monthly Archives: May 2017

New Bill AB 456: Mental Health Professions Parity

New Bill AB 456: Mental Health Professions Parity

This bill would Allow Social Workers to Begin Accruing Hours Toward Licensure Soon After Graduation

By Noriela Flores, Gabriela Gomez Aquino, Sophia Kien, and Deysi Torres, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) MSW Students

A new bill introduced by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D – Richmond), to amend Sections 4996.18 and 4996.23 of the ..Read More…

WOMEN’S COUNCIL REPORT: Compassion in Prison and Beyond: The Gold Coat Story


“Don’t let me die alone” the dying prisoner whispered as her reached for his caretakers hand. “I won’t” replied the younger man and true to his word he remained by the dying man’s side, helping him to sip water, wiping his face and holding his hand. When death came just after midnight, ..Read More…


By Janlee Wong, NASWCA Executive Director

Ever since the Great Depression when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) began the great tradition of creating social safety net programs to assist the elderly, children, the poor and infirm, Americans have accepted the concept that when there is no one else to help, the government can ..Read More…

Guest Editorial: President of Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento

President’s Speech: 4 Freedoms Annual Awards Dinner & Gala

By Jann Dorothy, President, Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento

When we met for this celebratory event one year ago as the presidential campaign was in full stride, none of us imagined the horror that would descend upon us on November 8 when the unthinkable happened. ..Read More…

What is the Future of Preventive Care for Minority Children?



By Nancy Lemus, Daisy Gomez, Donna De Loera and Janette Garfias, Advance Social Policy Students, California State University, Long Beach

During recent times, access to health care coverage has become a common topic of conversation. In taking a look at the barriers that stand in the way of minority children, the list ..Read More…

CADD CORNER: The Republican’s American Health Care Act and Pre-existing Conditions

Why aren’t we also talking about threats to mental health care?

By Jeffrey L. Edleson

May is Mental Health Awareness Month but reading the news of late you wouldn’t know it. It has felt more like Pre-Existing Condition Month.

The great public discussion of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), as recently passed ..Read More…

The Importance of Supporting SB 349: the Dialysis Patient Safety Act


By Sonia Perez

Two years ago, a man in his early 40s started receiving treatment at my dialysis clinic in Riverside County, California. He seemed like a happy person and he always told me everything was fine. But a couple of months after starting, his girlfriend came in one day crying and ..Read More…