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From the NASW Colorado Chapter
Social Work Update

August 28, 2014                    The Way to Stay Current on Crucial Info for the Profession ~ For Members Only


In This Issue:

1. CPD Hours Due
2. Statewide Crisis Line
3. DHS Caseload Study
4. Mental Health Holds


Coming Soon: 
Our PACE Committee gets active for November elections. Get involved and join the fun. More info in the next issue of the Update.

CPD Hours Due in 2015 ~ Will You Be Ready?

Forty (40) Continuing Professional Development hours will need to be completed for the LSW and LCSW license renewal in  August 2015.  That may seem far off, but it will come fast.  It's best to do some planning now, so you are not in a jam later. Detailed information on CPD requirements with helpful links are available on the chapter website here.  If you are looking for ways to earn CPD hours go to our homepage here and scroll down for details to consider these options:
    - Chapter Workshops held in person
    - National Professional Education programs available on line
    - CE Approved Provider events in a variety of locations and formats


Statewide Crisis Line Opens

Colorado Department of Human Services launched the state's first-ever statewide mental health crisis hotline.  Mental health professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 844-493-TALK (8255) to provide solutions and support to Coloradans in crisis.

DHS Caseload Study

Last year the state legislature requested a caseload study of the child welfare system.  That study was made public this week.  See the article in the Denver Post here.

Mental Health Holds

Effective July 1, 2013 an amendment was made to the law regarding mental health involuntary holds/civil commitments. The changes concern definitions for “danger to self and others” and “gravely disabled”. In addition, there is clarification from the Department of Human Services on the interpretation of the term “imminent” used in the Danger to Self and Others section of the law. See the DHS webpage for further explanation of the changes. As a clinician it is imperative you are aware of the changes and how it may affect your practice and decision-making.


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