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From the NASW Colorado Chapter
Social Work Update
March 25, 2015 | The Way to Stay Current on Crucial Info to the Profession ~ For Members Only

In This Issue:

1. HB 1032 Passes
2. Swk Month
3. Award Celebration

Bill Passes on Age of Consent to Treatment

House Bill 15 - 1032 was signed by the governor last week and goes into effect immediately. The law expands access to mental health services by allowing LCSW's and other licensees to see youth aged 15 to 17 years who seek services with or without parental consent. Previously only M.D's and licensed psychologist, or licensed mental health practitioners who worked in specific facilities, were permitted to do so. Now these youth have access to licensed practitioners in all settings, including those working in smaller non-profit or private practice settings. This is due in large part to the hard work of the bill's sponsors Representative Singer and Senator Aguilar, Chapter Legislative Committee, our lobbyist at Miles Consulting, the strong collaboration with fellow mental health professional organizations...and your membership, which helps to make it all happen.

More on Social Work Month

The NASWCO See the interactive timeline that features important events in NASW's history.  See testimonial videos from all types of NASW members. And don't forget to check out the latest on the Social Work Reinvestment Initiative and what you can do to support it.

Celebration A Success

The Colorado Social Work Month Annual Awards Celebration held earlier this month was inspiring and well-attended!  Our awards recipients’ achievements reminded us of the social work profession’s great capacity to improve the quality of lives of people young and old, in every segment of society.  During his moving speech, Representative Singer encouraged us to embrace moments of opportunity to make a difference—and we at NASWCO are grateful to all of our members who do just that each and every day.  Thank you to everyone who came for making the evening such a wonderful event! 

Natalie Portman-Marsh    Kay Alexander                Rep. Jonathan Singer
NASWCO President         Lifetime Achievement    Distinguished Legislator


Important Links:

April issue of the journal Social Work by NASW Press 

New Practice Guideline on Court- involved Cases from the Practice Standards Committee

For coming Region & Committee meetings see the website Calendar

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