Monthly Archives: September 2019

The Latest Issue of the BBS Newsletter is Out!

The Latest Issue of the BBS Newsletter is Out!

Please click on this link to the latest issue of the Board of Behavioral Services newsletter!

Check out the BBS Audit of Licensees’ CEUs on pages 7, 10 and 11.

National Academies Study Recognizes Social Workers as Specialists in Social Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds a study recently released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine – Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation’s Health.

Professional social workers for more than a century have been indispensable in advancing the nation’s ..Read More…

Voice Your Opposition Now to Stop Social Worker Payment Cuts!

  Contact CMS 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed two reductions in reimbursement for clinical social workers (CSWs) who are Medicare providers. These proposed cuts include a four (4) percent cut in 2020 for code revisions or a seven (7) percent cut in 2021 to increase ..Read More…

New Addition to the NASW-CA Annual Conference Program

Julia Weber, JD, MSW, will present a workshop entitled, “Gun Violence Prevention: The Role of Mental Health Providers and Gun Violence Restraining Orders,” during the first group of workshop sessions (10:45-12:15) at the NASW-CA annual conference on November 2 at the San Mateo Marriott. 

The role firearms play in mass casualties, suicide, and domestic violence ..Read More…

A Time of Reckoning: CMS Implements a New Payment System for Medicare Payments to Skilled Nursing Facilities

By Jason Bloome

In July 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new case-mix classification model, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), that, effective beginning October 1, 2019, will be used under the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System for classifying SNF patients in a covered Part A ..Read More…

Get to Know Region A Director Curtiss Sarikey, LCSW, PPSC

Curtiss Sarikey is currently Chief of Staff with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and brings more than 30 years of experience in social work and education. He was most recently at the Stuart Foundation from 2016 to 2017 as Senior Director where he led work for the Foundation on educator leadership, labor management collaboration, ..Read More…

Register for the NASW-CA Annual Conference before September 20 for MAXIMUM SAVINGS!

This year’s conference will be held November 2-3 at the San Mateo Marriott and features Kane Smego as keynote speaker, a variety of wonderful workshops, pre-licensure courses, and a student mixer!

We’ll also be honoring this year’s Social Worker of the Year (Larry Schallert), Lifetime Achievement (Dr. Stan Taubman), Public Citizen of the Year (Christine ..Read More…