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Due to effects of Hurricane Sandy the pdf of this issue will not be available for another two weeks. 

Message From the Executive Director: Special Focus on Fee-For-Service Employment
History of Pay-Per-Session Social Work Practice
What Social Workers Are Saying About Fee-For-Service Employment
Legal Advocacy for Child Welfare Workers and Same-Sex Couples
RSVP for the 6th Annual Leadership Dinner, December 6, 2012
Continuing Education Program - Fall 2012
LMSW Test Prep Sunday, November 18  
LCSW Test Prep Saturday, December 1  
Call For Nominations for Chapter Elections
In Memoriam - James R. Dumpson, PhD.
In Memoriam - Dr. Alma Young
Rekindling Reform: Health Policy Assistance Requested 
Update Your NASW Profile
Check out the NASW-NYC Blog


Special Focus

Mental Health Clinics, Facing Financial Pressure, Change

the Way Social Workers are Employed

 Robert Schachter, DSW, LMSW Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers New York City Chapter

There are major changes going on in mental health clinics in New York. Funding for clinics has been changed, requiring agencies with clinics to question their very existence, and several are expected to close. Gene Aronowitz, who has worked closely with agencies to anticipate these changes, reports in the article that follows that not-for-profits have estimated losses totaling $80 million.

One of the major implications of these funding changes has been cost cutting, primarily in terms of how social workers are employed. Based on what the Chapter has learned, social workers are now being employed in many clinics on a fee-for-service basis, without benefits or leave time.

In this newsletter, Currents is focusing on what has brought this form of employment about and identifying some of the implications for clients and social workers as employees. It has been our intention to present a balanced view of what is taking place, reflecting funding pressures on agencies as well as the experience of social workers in these clinics.

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A Brief (But Explosive) History of Pay-Per-Session

Social Work Practice
in Mental Health Clinics

Eugene Aronowitz, PhD, MSW

Eugene Aronowitz has been a management consultant in Community Mental Health over the last 20 years. He has served as the Commissioner of Community Mental Health and Deputy Commissioner of Social Services in Westchester County and as Deputy Director of Public Welfare in Ohio. Mr. Aronowitz has a BA in Education from the University of Delaware, an MSW from New York University, and a PhD from the University of Chicago.

Making Sense of Funding Changes for NY State Clinics

In early 2010, the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) announced its intention to change the regulations for the operation of mental health clinics. The impetus, OMH said, was the threat by the federal government to withdraw financial support for COPS (Comprehensive Outpatient Program Services).

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 What Social Workers Are Saying About Fee-For-Service

Employment in Mental Health Clinics

Chapter members have contacted NASW-NYC expressing their concerns regarding the employment of social workers in mental health clinics. Numerous themes emerged and are listed below.

The purpose of creating this list is to identify key challenges and to invite a dialogue addressing clinical practice within the context of stark fiscal realities faced by mental health agencies.

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In Memoriams

James R. Dumpson, PhD and Alma Young, EdD


Click here to read the full memoriam of James R. Dumpson, PhD

Click here to read the full memoriam of Alma Young, EdD

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