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BULLETIN #4 - COVID-19 Telehealth, Advocacy Now, Facebook Live Town Hall

Thursday, March 26, 2020  
Posted by: Jamie Klufts
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COVID-19 Telehealth, Advocacy Now, Facebook Live Town Hall


In the last week we've been hard at work advocating for social workers and the clients and communities you serve. In this bulletin you will find updates related to COVID-19 and clinical practice, state and federal advocacy, virtual social and connection opportunities, web-based continuing education, and more.
I want to share some of the media attention NASW-MA and our members have received during this time:
I also want to share a statement we released today with the support and collaboration of our Racial Justice Council, condemning racism and xenophobia and recognizing the disproportionate burden coronavirus disease (COVID-19) creates for communities of color and other marginalized groups.


Clinical Update: Tele-mental Health

Our staff are hard at work each day making sure we can convey the most up-to-date information to you on the ever-evolving rules and regulations around tele-mental health in response to COVID-19. We update this page routinely as the insurance and health care landscape adapts and changes. Bookmark this page and check back frequently to learn about telehealth and its impacts on your practice during this time.


Massachusetts and Federal Advocacy

As the advocacy landscape changes rapidly to respond to COVID-19, we're advocating for solutions that make telehealth easier and help the clients and communities you serve. Here are highlights of what we're working on (and ways for you to take action!):
  • Building off of our campaign to lift families out of deep poverty, we're advocating to help provide short-term relief to families and individuals in deep poverty. Submit a letter to your state legislators here to support this advocacy.
  • We sent a letter to Governor Baker this week, asking him to create a plan to reduce the number of people detained and incarcerated to help protect their safety and well-being during this time.


Join us for our First-ever Cyber Social: March 31 at 5:00 pm

Close-out Social Work Month with us... virtually! Our "Cyber Social" for social workers will take place on March 31, 2020, from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Save the date, and get ready to join us for good conversation, camaraderie, and much needed virtual socializing with social work friends and colleagues.
RSVP to our Facebook event here to receive details on how to participate.
We can't wait to "see" you on March 31!


Upcoming COVID-19-related Webinars

With two webinars under our belt, we have two more scheduled web-based continuing education opportunities for you. We're working to rapidly develop web-based CE programs to help you respond to COVID-19 and adjust your practices while earning CEUs. Keep checking our website for new additions:


Join Us Live on Facebook: Friday, April 3 at 11:00 am

We're going LIVE on Facebook! Head over to our Facebook page on Friday, April 3, 2020 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm for our virtual social work Town Hall. Hear directly from our executive director Rebekah Gewirtz about the social work landscape during COVID-19 and what NASW-MA is doing to support you during this time. Jamie Klufts, NASW-MA Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives and NASW-MA's Director of Clinical Practice Barbara Burka will also be on-hand to provide updates and help answer your most pressing questions.
You're welcome to pose questions to us using the comments feature on Facebook and we'll answer as many questions as we can in real-time.
RSVP to our Facebook Event here to get updates on this virtual event.


Social Service & Self-Care Resources


Thank you for all that you continue to do during this time. if you'd like to help support our work during this challenging time, please make a donation here. Thank you, in advance, for your support and partnership.


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