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Social workers are in a unique position to promote disease prevention efforts (including disseminating accurate information from trusted sources) and to help address anxiety and other concerns that are arising as a result of the Coronavirus public health crisis.


To that end, NASW has compiled resources to support social workers in this role. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, we will continue to monitor developments and work to protect social workers and the clients we serve.

 

NASW National:

  • School social workers and NASW/TX members Blanca McGee, LCSW, Diana Hall, LMSW, Elizabeth "Liz" Hummert, LCSW-S, and Lara Hulin, LCSW, LCDC, drafted a letter with recommendations for schools to handle post-COVID reintegration that best meets the needs of Texas students: “School social workers have extensive training in trauma-sensitive approaches, crisis intervention, and public health concerns, which makes them highly qualified in addressing the needs of students during the COVID-19 reintegration process to traditional schooling.” Read more.

  • Social Worker COVID-19 Survey: The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve in this ever-changing and unsettling environment created by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. 
  • NASW Social Work Talks Podcast: Episode 49: Supporting Seniors During Social Distancing 
  • NASW urges Congress, White House to include funding for personal protective equipment for social workers in next funding package.
  • NASW Telehealth page: Medicare, Legal and Practice Resources for Social Workers, Interstate Teletherapy, Message From the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), and Professional Liability Coverage 
  • NASW Telemental Health page: Telemental Health Informed Consent, Video Conferencing Platforms, Professional Liability Coverage, Privacy/Confidentiality, Updates from HIPPA & CMS, and Licensure Updates 
  • Click here to access NASW National's COVID-19 resources which includes information on how to support clients, help people in special populations, prepare your practice and practice self-care during this time.
  • NASW PRACTICE ALERT : Medicaid Considerations to Support Communities During COVID-19, Public Health Emergency, April 2020 

NASW/NJ Chapter Webinars:

  • Parents, Kids & Mental Health During the COVID-19 Crisis with Pat Spencer, LCSW and Jennifer Thompson, MSW - Stream on demand 
  • Adolescents & Young Adults: Parenting During COVID-19 Stream on demand
  • How to Navigate Grief, Loss, and a New Normal During COVID-19 with Crystal Zelman, LCSW, CCLS, RPT-S -Stream on demand 
  • Teletherapy & COVID-19 Update with Pat Spencer, LCSW and Jennifer Thompson, MSW - Stream on demand 
  • The Practice of Mattering During the Time of Social Distancing with Dr. Tawanda Hubbard, LCSW and Jennifer Thompson, MSW - Stream on demand 
  • Leadership In The Era of COVID-19 with Jennifer Thompson, NASW-NJ | DE Executive Director, and Lakeya Cherry, CEO of the Network for Social Work Management - Stream on demand 
  • Social Work & Technology Panel discussion about the intersection of social work and technology - Stream on demand 
  • School Social Work During COVID-19 with Jennifer Thompson, MSW, and Alexis Dragun, School Social Worker - Stream on demand 
  • Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Social Work - NASW-NJ Healthcare Shared Interest Group with Tracy Grafton, LCSW, ACHP-SW, Stephanie DePiano, LCSW, ACHP-SW, and Jennifer Thompson, MSW - Stream on demand 
  • Private Practices and Risk Management During COVID-19 (Co-hosted with NASW Assurance Services, Inc) with NASW-NJ and NASW Assurance Services - Stream on demand 

NASW/IN

 

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Action Alerts!  

 

COVID-19 Advance Care Planning in Health Care Practice

Every year, NASW celebrates National Healthcare Decisions Day to empower individuals to engage in advance care planning (ACP). As individuals, families, and communities face the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of conversations about health care treatment preferences comes into new focus. During this public health emergency, health care social workers have a crucial role in communicating pertinent health information to family members and loved ones and advocating on behalf of patients in health settings.

 

Practice Alert COVID-19 Resources for School Social Workers - May 2020

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, school social workers are essential staff and continue to play a vital role in ensuring that students continue to receive much-needed mental health, education and other services despite school disruptions from the pandemic.

 

Self-care Tips & Resources:

Telehealth:

 

NASW/TX Telehealth Statement June 24th: Read here 

 

NASW/TX Telehealth Statement June 17th: Read here

 

ATTENTION CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS: Medicare Revises Telehealth Place of Service and Modifier Codes During COVID-19 

 

Covid-19 – Telehealth page, a memo

The general rule regarding the provision of telemental health services is that providers must meet any licensure requirements of the jurisdiction where they are licensed and any licensure requirements of the jurisdiction where the patient is physically located. If state law and licensing boards are silent on this issue, then social workers have not been expressly granted the authority to provide telemental health services in that jurisdiction. Social workers can check the regulations in their jurisdiction for general information on the provision of telemental health services with a 50 state telemental health survey (PDF) that focuses specifically on the remote delivery of behavioral health care services. This 2017 survey is updated through 2019 via a free app available on Android and iOS.

 

However, in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency, some states (e.g., Massachusetts, Iowa, Indiana) are temporarily suspending some of their regulatory provisions for telemental health requirements. Check with your state to find out if any changes have been made to those regulation at the ASWB's regulatory provisions webpage.

 

 

COVID-19 Resources:

Student Resources:

 

Materials to Share:

Texas Department of State Health Services Resources:

 

Articles:

NASW/TX Joint Letters:

  • Letter to Governor Abbott: "On behalf of the Texas Medical Association and the 32 undersigned organizations, thank you for your leadership as the state navigates the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is an extraordinary public health emergency that requires a vigorous response to limit its spread. We appreciate your timely actions to keep Texans safe as well as executive orders to eliminate regulatory burdens that otherwise may have hindered physicians’ and providers’ ability to timely care for patients." Read more here. (NEW 9/1/2020)
  • Expanding Telehealth Services in All Self-Insured Plans and Sustaining them Beyond the COVID-19 National Emergency: "We are writing on behalf of the American Psychological Association (APA)1, the American Psychiatric Association (APA)2, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)3, the National Alliance on Mental Illness4, and Mental Health America5 to ask the Department of Labor to take action to help ensure that tens of millions of Americans covered by self-insured plans regulated by your agency (Plans) have access to much-needed mental and behavioral" Read more here. (NEW 9/1/2020)
  • Requests for COVID-19 Phase Four Response Package: To Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy: "We write to urge you to address the urgent and emerging needs of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and the programs that serve them during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and resulting disruptions. It is imperative that the next stimulus package address survivors’ needs - directly and via the programs that serve them." Read more. 
  • "To Commissioner Morath: We commend the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for its leadership in swiftly developing robust guidance and informational resources to assist school districts in launching remote instruction at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. That same leadership is now needed to ensure that school districts are not only instructing students but are also tending to the social-emotional conditions needed for students to be able to learn from that instruction" Read more. 
  • To Commissioner Wilson: We are contacting you regarding the next steps necessary to ensure minimal disruption in the provision of mental health and substance use services to Texans, as current Medicaid telehealth and telemedicine changes are set to expire on May 31, 2020. The collective group represents mental health and substance use stakeholders across the state. We ask you to consider an extension of this policy until a vaccine is available. However, if that is not possible, a 120-day extension would allow providers time to further evaluate the current situation and make the best decision for themselves and their patients."  Read more. 
  • Letter to Texas Congressional Delegates urging the U.S. Congress to pass an additional relief package that specifically focuses on expanding health coverage and providing strong patient protections to ensure that all Texans can access and afford comprehensive health coverage during the ongoing public health crisis.Read here. 
  • Letter to Governor Abbott to adopt a policy that clearly directs health care providers across the state to refrain from discriminating against people with disabilities and chronic conditions in the provision of treatment during the COVID-19 emergency. Read here. 
  • Urging Congress to build on past bipartisan efforts and ensure all individuals have equitable access to testing and treatment for COVID-19; equip states and localities with sufficient financial support to combat the crisis; provide protection and support to the health care workforce and others on the frontlines of the pandemic; assure access and capacity in the health system; and protect against high and unexpected health care costs. Read here. 
  • Protecting Immigrant Families letter urging Congress to ensure that the next COVID-19 relief bill includes testing and treatment for everyone, without regard to immigration status, halts the public charge regulations, provides stimulus checks for all tax filers, and expands access to nutrition programs. Read here. 
  • Letter from Children and Youth Advocates Urging Congress to Include Immigrant Families in Future COVID-19 Relief Package Read here. 
  • Letter to Governor Abbott seeking guidance on the rationing of healthcare resources that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities. Read here. 
  • Letter urging Congressional leadership to include the VACCINES Act in the next COVID-related legislative package. Read here
  • 45 TX orgs sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott office w/ steps urgently needed to ensure infants and toddlers w/ disabilities and developmental delays cont. to receive life-changing Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services. Read here 
  • Letter to Governor Abbott, Executive Commissioner Wilson, and Commissioner Hellerstedt - Urging the State to issue guidance on the rationing of healthcare resources that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities.
  • Mental Health Liason Group: Request states to temporarily lift restrictions on telebehavioral health at all levels of care by telephone or video for individuals regardless of insurance plan and ensure payment parity until the conclusion of this national emergency. Letter to Office of Governor Doug Ducey ; Letter to Mitch McConnell ; Letter to National Association of Insurance Commissioners 
  • Voting advocates call out Texas Secretary of State as “shockingly silent” amidst COVID-19 election emergency 
  • The Child Protection Roundtable - Letter to Texas Leaders: NASW/TX coauthored a letter relating to the safety and care of the children and families in the child welfare system. 
  • Cover Texas Now! - Over 50 Groups Urge Governor to Ensure Health Insurance Meets Texans’ Needs During Pandemic

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NASW/TX Events:

 

 

NASW/TX Non-Clinical Social Worker Forum 

Wednesday, April 2

Click here to view this members-only webinar and PowerPoint presentation.

 

NASW/TX Clinical Social Worker Forum 

Wednesday, April 1

Click here to view this members-only webinar and PowerPoint presentation.

 

NASW/TX Webinar, "COVID-19 Response & Updates" 

Tuesday, March 24

Click here to view this members-only webinar and PowerPoint presentation.

 

NASW/TX Webinar: Navigating a Job Search in Uncertain Times

Click here to view this OPEN webinar and PowerPoint presentation. 

 

NASW/TX Webinar: Racial  Equity, Accountability and Leadership of Social Work Practice During COVID

Click here to view this OPEN webinar and PowerPoint presentation. 

 

NASW/TX Webinar: Racial  Equity, Accountability and Leadership of Social Work Practice During COVID - Policing 

Click here to view this OPEN webinar and PowerPoint presentation. 

 

NASW/TX Webinar: Racial  Equity, Accountability and Leadership of Social Work Practice During COVID - Impact on Education (Coming soon! 8/19/2020)

 

NASW National Events:

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NASW/Texas Coronavirus News, Updates & Other Events:

 

5-4-20: Informed Immigrant’s Resources For the Undocumented Community During The Coronavirus Outbreak 
These 
English and Spanish language pages include national and state-based resources including food distribution sites, mutual aid funds, and health care accessible to undocumented and mixed status families. Please read and share to connect immigrant families with resources during this difficult time. 

 

4-10-20: Coping with the Financial Reality of COVID-19

Tursday, April 9, 2020 You can access the webinar here. 

 

4-8-20: Treating Suicidal Patients During COVID-19: Best Practices and Telehealth Tuesday, April 14, 2020 1:00:00 PM EDT - 2:30:00 PM EDT Register here 

 

4-1-20: Careers in Macro Practice Panel Webinar - Presented by the Macro Social Work Student Network -  Are you a student with questions about careers in macro social work? April 10th from 3-4:30PM Register here.

 

3-31-20: WEBINAR - Congress and COVID-19: What passed and what comes next. Register here

  • A full recording and slides will be sent to all registrants, so register even if you can’t be on during the live presentation.

  • Learn about the historic $2.3 trillion relief and recovery legislation enacted by Congress, and how it responds to the massive public health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

3-30-20: Announcing LBJ In the Arena a weekly virtual event series exploring the impact of COVID-19 on our communities: 

  • April 1, 2020: LBJ In the Arena: On the Frontline: Restarting Our Cities
  • April 8, 2020: LBJ In the Arena: FEMA: Leading in the COVID-19 Crisis
  • April 15, 2020: LBJ In the Arena: Managing the Fiscal Meltdown

  

3-26-20: NASW/TX Board of Directors offers support and guidance during the COVID-19 epidemic. Read now.

 

3-26-20: Presidents of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) issue joint statement of solidarity. Read now.

 

3-26-20Free Practice Resources to Enable Quick Telehealth Adoption During COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures: Lists a number of free valuable resources, including recordings of webinars that are very helpful to providers who are new to telehealth.

 

3-25-20: The CSWE Commission on Accreditation and the CSWE Department of Accreditation have revised their statement to programs in light of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the revised statement here

It covers these areas: Student safety, reduction in field hours, Remote field activity, candidacy or reaffirmation materials that are due in spring or summer 2020, program site visits, and assessment.

 

3-25-20: Urge Congress to ensure that Medicare reimburse for mental and behavioral health services provided by audio-only telehealth. Learn how you can help.

 

3-21-20: NASW/TX knows our members have a lot of questions about COVID-19’s impact on social workers and our clients. We will be holding a members-only webinar on Tuesday, March 24, 12-1pm to update everyone on what we know and what we have been advocating for regarding telehealth, COVID-19 relief legislation, mental health supports, and more. Meeting will include Q&A. Space is limited. Check your email for registration details!

 

3-20-20: NASW/TX Executive Director Asks Private Insurance Plans to Align with Governor’s Emergency Telehealth Order 

 

“NASW/TX is incredibly appreciative of the Governor’s Order that state run and regulated plans reimburse for all telehealth services at the same rate as in person, and allow providers to conduct visits over the telephone.  However, Texas’ regulatory oversight does not extend to self-funded and non-marketplace plans, and these make up the majority of the private insurance coverage in Texas.  We encourage these plans to follow the Governor’s Order and allow mental health providers to conduct their visits over the telehealth platform of their choice at the same rate as in-person visits.  This is necessary for the safety of both providers and clients alike, as the Governor’s most recent directives to all Texans include discouraging any non-essential travel out of a person’s home.  We hope these plans step up and do what is safest for everyone in our community.” - Will Francis, LMSW Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers Texas Chapter

 

3-20-20Informed Consent for Telehealth

Licensed Clinical Social Workers can provide telehealth services See 22 TAC 781.223 without any special training or certification.

 

Rules on informed consent are here:  TAC 781.201(a)(6) and 781.203(9).  For new clients an LCSW would need to secure written informed consent per 22 TAC 681.41(e).  An acceptable workaround for securing written informed consent for new clients who do not have access to a computer and cannot physically come into the clinic due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the LCSW could simply cover the required informed consent components over the phone with the client.  The client can then simply text or email their assent from his or her phone.  The text or email could then be printed out (or photocopied if in text format) by the provider and included in the file.  When including such a printout or copy in the patient file, the provider should notate on the copy a brief statement that the assent relates to the required informed consent, and then sign or initial and date the document.  

 

3-20-20: Letter to  Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader McCarthy requesting that audio-only services via telephone also be reimbursable by Medicare during this crisis. 

 

"Millions of Medicare patients who are quarantined and/or physically distancing do not have cellphones with video chat capability, and/or do not know how to use this capability. They may also not have internet service or broadband speed. This is especially true for those residing in rural areas or who are lower income. At a time when older adults, particularly those with chronic conditions are vulnerable to COVID-19 and isolated in their homes, they need to be able to pick up a phone and connect easily with mental health providers."  Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW Chief Executive Officer, NASW and Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD Chief Executive Officer American Psychological Association (APA) Read the full letter here.

3-19-20: NASW/TX condemns recent inflammatory public remarks made by Texas Senator John Cornyn regarding the background and origin of COVID-19. Senator Cornyn’s remarks were inaccurate, unnecessary, and perpetuate racist stereotypes against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Texas. We must stand together as Texans in times likes this and social workers support the AAPI community. 

 

3-19-20A new webpage is now available from the Children’s Bureau to help child welfare professionals and families respond to COVID-19.

The Children’s Bureau urges child welfare agencies and community partners to develop a process to stay informed on updates related to the coronavirus—or COVID-19—in order to meet the needs of children and families during this time.

 

3-18-20Here are two NASW Student Loan Forgiveness Webinars:

Powered by Savi Choose 3/24 2T 6 pm or 3/26 at 2 pm both EST

Explore student debt repayment, including income-driven repayment (IDR) plans, and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Savi experts will walk you through the COVID-19 Student Loan Aid Tool, which automates applying for IDR plans & Savi’s Student Loan Tool, which helps you analyze repayment and forgiveness programs to determine the best solution for you and helps you enroll in appropriate programs that could lower your monthly payments. https://buff.ly/2xKemz2

 

3-18-20: The Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are co-hosting a FREE webinar on student loan repayment options during the coronavirus pandemic. Fri 3/20, 2pm. Join here: https://protectborrowers.org/webinar/ webinar is for borrowers who have an interest in learning more about student loan repayment options as well as those working with student loan borrowers.

 

3-18-20: FREE NASW webinar, Key Developments in Telehealth Webinar, Monday, March 23,12-1pm... Join us to hear an update on guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on enhanced telehealth (including teletherapy) options for Medicare beneficiaries during the current #COVID19 public health emergency. The webinar will provide a detailed overview of CMS’ guidance, implications for licensed clinical social work practice; implications for commercial insurer telehealth reimbursement, and suggested resources on telehealth and teletherapy. There will also be time for Q and A. Register now! https://buff.ly/392dh2H

 

3-18-20: The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners is an independent licensing board administratively attached to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The Board, as an independent entity, maintains a management structure and decision-making authority separate from HHSC. This message is an official communication from the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

 

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Federal Department of Health and Human Services released a notification stating their office will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. Please read the entire OCR Notification of Enforcement Discretion here.

 

3-18-20: Alliance for Health Policy is offering a free mini-series on Twitter @AllHealthPolicy. Register here.

 

Session 1 - Flattening the Curve
3/18 | 11-11:30am CT

Session 2 - At the Front Line: Public Health and Health System Challenges
3/19 | 11-11:30am CT

Session 3 - Leading through Crisis: Perspectives from Utah Gov. Michael O. Leavitt
3/20 | 11-11:30am CT

 

3-18-20: Optum (part of United Healthcare) is offering an Emotional-Support Help Line for anyone who may experiencing anxiety or stress following the recent developments around COIVD-19. This free service can be reached at 866-342-6892, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to all.

3-17-20: Check out our NEW podcast episode, "Self-Care for Social Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic" via NASW's Social Work Talks! Our guest, NASW member Dr. Kristen Lee Ed.D. LICSW, is an expert on preventing & treating burnout. Listen now.

3-12-20: NASW/TX postpones all Chapter events, banquets, meetings and in-person group get-togethers for 30 days to adhere to guidance from the NASW National Office on social distancing. The memo stated, "According to public health officials, the United States is at a make-or-break moment that will depend on one of the most basic public health tools—social distancing. Basically, social distancing is a blanket term in public health that describes certain types of actions that can slow the spread of an infectious disease. What it means in practice is limiting your interactions with large groups of people."

 

3-12-20: A special message from NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. https://buff.ly/33dJp1Y






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