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5th Annual Leadership Dinner

The Challenging Climate of the Mental Health System

NASW Pioneers - Documenting the History of the Profession

Message from the President - Professional Activism

Addictions Committee Meeting - January 25, 2012

Latino Social Work Task Force Tenth Anniversary Conference

Save the Date - Latino Social Work Task Force Awards Dinner

LMSW Test Prep -Sunday, February 19, 2012

LMSW Forum to Address the Challenge of the LMSW Exam

UpdateYour NASW Member Profile

Check Out the NASW-NYC Blog

Undoing Racism Opportunities









Honoring Leaders Across the Career Spectrum Draws

Record-Breaking Crowd of Over 500


Twenty-one social workers were honored on December 1, 2011 at the Chapter's 5th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner, drawing a crowd of 500 people. Awards were given to top, mid-career, and emerging leaders. All honorees are pictured here along with Master of Ceremonies, Gary Parker (middle row, far left); Chapter President, Susan Nayowith (middle row, fourth from the left) and Executive Director, Robert Schachter (middle row, far right).














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The Challenging Climate of the Mental Health System

Enormous Stresses for Clients and Dedicated Social Workers

Sue Matorin, MS, ACSW; Treatment Coordinator, Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Presbyterian Hospital; Weill Cornell Medical College (Faculty) 


Sue Matorin

Social work clinicians who work with clients with mental health problems know first-hand narratives of resilience, as well as the professional gratification of being a conduit for recovery from crippling symptoms. Clients with severe and persistent mental illness face many obstacles in obtaining needed support and care.

Ultimately, it is often only those with poor treatment compliance and readmissions who have the chance of being assigned to a skilled compassionate case manager to help navigate a challenging health care system. That this one segment of all clients living with mental illness may actually experience this “silver lining” is both ironic and unfortunate; the large majority does not qualify for such oversight and are left to fend for themselves. The impact of a punishing economic climate in which those able to work can't find any work, combined with amplified pressures to cut costs by "managing care”, have created enormous additional stresses for clients and dedicated social workers.

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