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By Akilah Johnson & Talia Buford. Published 4.3.20. Read it HERE.
By Lonnae O'Neal. Published 3.13.20. Read it HERE. As noted by Dr. Georges Benjamin, African-American & Director of the American Public Health Association.
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NBCDI commends our national leaders on the recent passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. The final details of this sweeping economic recovery bill provide relief to America's families, small businesses, and major industries as they struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation includes significant relief throughout the package for the nation's child care industry, which has been hit with widespread layoffs and closures as a result of catastrophic drops in enrollment, as well as direct support to states and families who are grappling with the child care realities of this pandemic.
Here are some highlighted provisions from the legislation that will be helpful for Black families and child care providers seeking relief:
Click here to access funding resource programs from the Small Business Administration (SBA).
To read the complete Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, please find it here.
NBCDI remains open and continues to operate during regular business hours. However, to protect the health and safety of our team, all NBCDI staff members will telework until further notice. Our staff members are well-equipped to work remotely from their homes, but there may be longer than normal telephone and email response times. If you have additional questions or concerns, you may reach us at (202) 833-2220 or (800) 556-2234, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article published jointly by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) on 4.3.20.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, social workers have been designated “essential workers” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Notably:
With this guidance, the federal government is 1) recognizing that the services social workers provide in hospitals, child protective services, nursing homes, and other community-based settings have been ongoing and must continue throughout this pandemic and 2) recommending that states do all they can to temporarily reduce/eliminate barriers to allow the workforce to be deployed expeditiously.
Although the federal government is making recommendations to help states during this time of crisis, the states ultimately maintain the authority to protect the public. Whether these temporary measures continue after the crisis will be determined.
When calling for the temporary reduction of barriers to expand services to those in need, and defining “essential workers,” the federal government has an obligation to provide needed resources and support to states.
Regulatory boards are now encouraged to make needed adjustments to their laws and regulations if they are able. As regulatory changes and emergency orders are issued, organizations must explore the impact on their social work workforce and adjust their policies to meet community needs.
In order to safeguard the health and well-being of students and educators, social work educational programs are, at their discretion, reducing the field hours required for social work degree requirements. Earning real-world experience is essential for students to have a well-rounded education. The rigors of social work education have not changed, but rather programs are empowered to work with students and teachers to find creative ways to prepare students for practice within the full scope of their license, education, and experience upon graduation.
ASWB is publishing policy actions from regulatory boards to help social workers quickly access information about: waiving of in-state licensing requirements for out-of-state social workers licensed in another jurisdiction; lifting of restrictions on the provision of telehealth services; modifications to license requirements for current licensees, including CE requirements for license renewal and requirements for obtaining clinical supervised experience; and extension of exam approval dates. ASWB is updating this information regularly as we become aware of changes.
CSWE continues to support efforts from federal agencies, including HHS, that enable social workers, students, and educators to positively impact their communities. It also fully expects that being designated an “essential workforce” raises the value of the knowledge, values and skills integrated into the current EPAS competencies, and heightens the need to ensure that the next iteration, EPAS 2022, addresses the competencies necessary for this workforce.
NASW works to ensure that social workers are aware of the recent flexibilities in telehealth at the federal and state level, and how they can effectively deploy technologies such as smartphones in addition to video conferencing to provide services during this public health emergency. NASW is also offering a variety of opportunities for social workers to learn about and discuss the policy, ethical, legal and other issues that are arising in the context of practice during the pandemic. In addition, NASW is advocating that social workers—who are on the front lines of providing care in hospitals and other settings—are provided with personal protective equipment.