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Announcing the NASW-California Chapter Natural Disaster Online Continuing Education (CE) Scholarship

Announcing the NASW-California Chapter Natural Disaster Online Continuing Education (CE) Scholarship

FILE PHOTO: Firefighters battle a wind-driven wildfire called the Saddle Ridge fire in the early morning hours Friday in Porter Ranch, California, U.S., October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

To support current NASW members (1) who reside full-time in California; (2) who are currently registered with the licensing board (BBS); and who lost their permanent residence or ..Read More…

Governor Newsom Announces the Following Appointments

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced the following appointments:

Xóchitl Rodriguez Murillo, 36, of Woodland, has been appointed deputy secretary of minority veterans affairs for the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Murillo has served as Mayor of the City of Woodland since 2018 and as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve since 2012. She was an ..Read More…

Governor Newsom Announces the Following Appointments

Governor Gavin Newsom has announced the following appointments:

Deborah San Juan, 56, of Fairfield, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. She has been a licensed clinical social worker at the Sutter Solano Medical Center since 2015. San Juan served in several positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 1987 to ..Read More…

Letter to the Editor

Re: Kaiser’s Mental Health Clinicians Authorize Statewide Strike

(posted May 23, 2019)

As a former holder of several California and national offices, a practitioner with over 50 years of experience, an administrator responsible for building and overseeing large provider networks for three mental health organizations, and as co-founder of the first mental labor union with the ..Read More…

Kaiser’s Mental Health Clinicians Authorize Statewide Strike

After a weeklong strike in December (during which former Congressman Patrick Kennedy joined clinicians on picket lines), NUHW’s 4,000 therapists and professionals returned to the bargaining table to press Kaiser to fix the chronic understaffing that has forced many patients to wait months between treatment appointments.

Unfortunately, despite six additional months of bargaining, Kaiser ..Read More…

Fresno State MSW Student Wins Infographic Contest

Yenifer Gallegos-Mejia (center) is pictured with Tina Paddock, NASW-CA Image Council and Christopher Cajski, CalSWEC.

Congratulations to Fresno University MSW student Yenifer Gallegos-Mejia, winner of the 2018-19 CalSWEC Infographic contest!

Ms. Gallegos-Mejia received a check for $250 and her framed winning infographic of the contest topic “The History of U.S. Social Work as a Profession.” ..Read More…

A Chat With Social Worker Bill Dorsey About the Tubbs Fire

By Shelly Kalmer

Note:  I wrote this article in late October when, at that time, the Tubbs Fire in Napa and Sonoma Counties was the most destructive in the state’s history. 

On November 8, 2018, exactly 13 months later, residents of those counties awoke to beautiful, but extremely windy weather. Mobile phones began beeping ..Read More…

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