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    Top Ten To-Do List for Wisconsin Social Workers in 2019

     By Kristi Wood, MSW, APSWKristi Wood

    Yes, I know. You are reading this months after you made your New Year’s resolutions. But considering that the average rate of following through is 20%, it is never too late to make a revised list. I am still… Continue reading

    Medicaid, Vital to Social Work Under Attack

    By Kristi Wood, MSW, APSW and James Scherrer, PhD, LCSW 

    Medicaid covers services for people who have low levels of income. Although Medicaid is best known as a program for the poor, more than 80 percent of the Medicaid budget provides services for the elderly, children, and people with disabilities; only a small percentage goes toward providing health care for able-bodied adults (Kodjak, 2017). Social work ethical standards rest on the premise that society functions best when all individuals have their basic needs met. Social workers have a duty to advocate for the well-being of all people in society, particularly those who are vulnerable. New federal guidelines will artificially reduce the numbers of people receiving Medicaid. This article reviews the impact of the changes in the new guidelines and calls for social workers to advocate with states not to seek waivers that will prevent millions of vulnerable people from receiving the health care they need.

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    President’s Column

    By Donna Altepeter

    Donna AltepeterDear NASW Wisconsin members,

     Happy Social Work Month!!!! Know that we appreciate you for all that you do for our profession and the clients you serve. This is truly a month to be celebrated. Recently we held our board meeting and there… Continue reading

    President’s Column

    By Donna Altepeter

    Donna Altepeter

    Dear friends and members,

    As I write this for our December newsletter, it is November. It is about a year since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency and once again, politically, things have shifted.

    I woke up this morning and… Continue reading

    The President’s Column

    By Donna Altepeter

    Donna AltepeterDear NASW Wisconsin members,

    As you have probably noticed, I do try to send you a letter periodically in the newsletter but have not been much of a blogger. However, the events in Charlottesville, VA this weekend and subsequent comments made by… Continue reading

    The President’s Column

    by Donna Altepeter

    Dear members,

    Welcome to the warmth of summer. It’s a time for endings for many, end of semesters, end of school for kids, end of shoveling snow. We hope! But one thing continues: Marc Herstand, your executive director of NASW Wisconsin, continues… Continue reading

    The President’s Column

    By Donna Altepeter

    Greetings members!

    It is a busy time for NASW Wisconsin. New leadership in Madison means Marc and all of us are trying to get to know our governmental officials and help them to get to know us.  There are many legislative issues that… Continue reading

    The President’s Column

    Hello members!

    I hope this time of year finds you well and carrying some glimmer of hope in the work that you do serving others. For me, I must be honest; this year, this is a challenging time of year. I thought I would find some… Continue reading

    The President’s Column

    Welcome members!

    Here we are, already September and getting ready to say goodbye to summer. I am hoping yours was good and that there were some moments of relaxation and rest in the midst of our beautiful Wisconsin summer.

    My name is Donna Altepeter. I… Continue reading

    The President’s Column

    by Emily Kenney, MSW, LCSW

    Here it is. My last article. I have been on the NASW-WI board for 5 years, and no year has been more busy and full of work than this one!  NASW has its work cut out moving forward. I know… Continue reading