What’s In a Word: Authority

What’s In a Word: Authority

By Al Murdach MSW (retired)

This column examines words which impact social work practice and are thus important for practitioners to ponder and explore. Our word for this column is: authority.

Authority is a word most social workers prefer to avoid when describing their relationships with clients. Other words such as nurture, care, support, encourage, ..Read More…

The Graying Population: Governor Newsom Calls for a Master Plan on Aging for California

By Jason Bloome

A gray tidal wave is looming on the horizon for California. Approximately 7.8 million seniors (65+) call our state home. By 2060, the number of elderly in California is expected to grow 3 times as fast as the general population. From 2010 to 2060, in more than half the counties, there will ..Read More…

Social Work Implications and Opportunities for Advocacy as FDA Approves First Postpartum Depression Drug

By Megan Hartley, MSW Student

Postpartum depression is the most common complication of pregnancy. The California Department of Public health reports that one in give women who give birth in California will experience symptoms of postpartum depression.

On March 19, 2019 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug specifically designed ..Read More…

Failure to Launch

Problems Cited in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Evaluation of California’s Coordinated Care Initiative May Cripple Its Success

By Jason Bloome

In December 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the first evaluation report of California’s Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI).  Here are some of the report’s findings.

Demonstration Changes Announced ..Read More…

A Puzzle With Missing Pieces

MLTSS cannot succeed in California without integrating assisted living facilities.

By Jason Bloome

Managed Long Term Support and Services (MLTSS) programs are quickly expanding throughout the nation. More than 24 states have MLTSS programs which consist of State Medicaid Agencies providing capitated payments to managed care organizations (MCOs) for the provision of LTSS, often in ..Read More…

What’s in a Word(s)? Social Work Image

By Allison D. Murdach, LCSW (retired)

This column examines words which impact social work practice and are thus important for social workers to ponder and explore. Our words for today are: social work image.

Over the past few decades social workers have become increasingly concerned about the profession’s reputation in the world at large. In ..Read More…

A Silent Crisis


 Very few options exist in California for low-income families who care for the elderly with Alzheimer’s who could “wander”.

By Jason Bloome

Seniors are the fastest growing demographic age group in California. California’s Department of Finance predicts between now and 2026 the number of seniors 65 and older will grow by 2.6 million: ..Read More…

Special Immigration Juvenile Status


By Maribel Contreras, Eric Garza, Cynthia Lugo, Denise Romero, Stacey Santos, California State University, Long Beach

The Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) eligible youth population is a diverse group, which includes but is not limited to: unaccompanied migrant children, accompanied migrant children, ethnic diversity and age. Age plays a significant role in ..Read More…