OPINION: In Peer-on-peer Child Sexual Abuse, States Differ on Who’s a Peer

OPINION: In Peer-on-peer Child Sexual Abuse, States Differ on Who’s a Peer

By Daniel Pollack and Lori Karlblum
[This article was originally published in Youth Today. Printed here with permission from the author]

The phrase “peer on peer child sexual abuse” is well known. It implies an exploitative sexual relationship of one minor by another. But who is a “peer”? From the Latin word par the term ..Read More…

Letter to the Editor: Rebuttal To Recent Feature Article “Insights on a Virus”

Dear NASW-CA News Editor: 

With skepticism, I read your July 22, 2020 newsletter feature commentary, “Insights on a Virus: State dashboards show COVID-19 cases and related deaths much lower in residential board & care than nursing homes in California,” by Jason Bloome, who concluded “With fewer cases and related-deaths due to COVID-19, residential assisted living homes ..Read More…

OPINION: The Closure of Schools and the Decline of Child Abuse Reporting Due to COVID-19 — A Perspective from Five Social Workers

By: Rosie Wolfrum, Edlin Vazquez, Maria Fonseca, Ivonne Martinez, and Adriana Sandoval

With the recent news that LAUSD will not be returning to in-person classes in the fall, many parents and advocates are concerned about children’s learning loss and how to provide childcare for many parents who still have to work to support their children. ..Read More…

Letter to the Editor: What Policy Changes are Needed to Promote Social Justice for Families, Children, and Youth

Re: What Policy Changes are Needed to Promote Social Justice for Families, Children, and Youth 

(posted June 29th, 2020)

Good Evening,

Social Workers must take care of their collective mental health during  extreme times of stress while helping families, children, and  youth. The COVID-19 pandemic came “out of the blue” and has impacted all of us in different aspects of our lives. Many people have lost loved ones and have experienced many disruptions in their lives. We ..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…

Unchained Scholar: Omar Pryce exemplifies mission of USC group designed for justice-involved MSW students

By: Omar Pryce

For so many students who are justice involved and/or system impacted, reintegrating into society with the albatross of a criminal record around one’s neck can be daunting at best. Social work graduate students who have been formerly incarcerated have even more hurdles to overcome with reduced field placement options ..Read More…

Transformative Moments: Resilience and Legacy

By Kathleen Bigsby, PhD, LCSW

Transformative Moments

As we approach the one-year anniversary of wildfires that impacted thousands of lives, I have found myself reflecting on this transformative moment. I believe it was nearly two months after the life-changing wildfire swept through Southern California when I truly felt the enormity of the experience. For 13 ..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…

Empty Hallways: Many Factors Contribute to Declining Skilled Nursing Facility Occupancy Rates

By Jason Bloome

A managed long-term support and services (MLTSS) program, which involve capitated payments to managed care organizations (MCOs) to provide care services for members on Medicaid and Medicare, is a tool used by many states, currently 19, to manage healthcare costs and healthcare delivery. States implement MLTSS to save money, increase efficiency, improve ..Read More…