What Do We Want from the President?

Should Republicans take control of the United States Senate there will be many political pundits faulting Democrats for their inability to get black voters to go the polls.  Why won’t black voters go to the polls in large numbers?  Well, it’s a non-presidential election which typically leads to low voter ……

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Back on the Hill, Different Day, Not Much Has Changed

I’m back on the Hill in the office of Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge.  Rep. Fudge represents Cleveland and Akron, Ohio and currently serves as chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus.  Rep. Fudge sits on the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Education and the Workforce.  Both are areas of great interest to social workers.  It’s a wonderful office to be in these days as spirits are riding high with the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the prospects of a “Johnny Football” Manziel-led Cleveland Browns going to the NFL playoffs.  On top of that the Republican National Committee (RNC) recently selected Cleveland as the site for their 2016 presidential nominating convention and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just opened a fashion exhibition of Beyoncé’s personal collection.  Cleveland is on the rise! …

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House Races You Should Be Watching

Social workers should keep our eyes on several races for seats in the House of Representatives in November.  Although four of the seven social workers in the House—Reps. Susan Davis (CA-53), Luis Gutierrez (IL-4), Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Niki Tsongas—are in safe seats according to both the Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Political Report, two social work members of the House—Reps. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9) represent districts that are borderline. …

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The Heart of a Social Worker

A few readers took exception to my saying that the revered Nelson Mandela had the heart of a social worker.  Apparently some see making the comparison is somehow demeaning towards a great leader of the stature of Mandela.  I was reminded that South Africa’s emancipator was much more than a social wor ……

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Compassion, Care And Cash? Why Not?

Yesterday, I read with interest another article from someone working in the field of Social Services who was addressing the issues of both not receiving enough financial consideration and the sacrifice of reduced family time due to the position she was working in the field. Now to be clear, these are two issues and should be treated differently.

I remember when my wife and I were newlyweds, we had a casual conversation one day that I have remembered ever since, and it was prompted because of her chosen line of work; child care. I said to her at the time (and this would be back around 1983), “You love what you’re doing and you do it well, so we both know we’ll never be rich, but that’s okay.” It went something like that. Child Care, like Social Services, doesn’t hold a reputation for high salaries. However, the people in these two professions deserve to be fairly paid for the work they do; work that is often undervalued and yet critical to a compassionate society….

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Children’s Mental Health: Connecting Policy and Practice

Federal policies frequently have profound effects on how social workers are able to provide services to children and families yet many practitioners and consumers are often unaware of the policies that are impacting them.  Policies come in the form of legislation passed in the House and Senate and regulations issued by federal agencies and, more often than not, these activities are a fait accompli by the time social workers learn of their existence.  Rarely do we get to weigh in on federal policies before they are conceived and enacted.

Much attention has been given to mental health issues due to recent high-profile events involving people with mental health problems from mass shootings in a theater in Aurora, Colorado and the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, to the more recent tragic slaying of an out-of-control driver in our nation’s capital.  More Americans are becoming aware of the need to adequately address the mental health needs of our citizens….

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Barbara Lee’s Rising Star Takes Social Work to the UN

California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-13), Chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus and all-around phenomenal woman of the 21st century has added a new role to her influential leadership portfolio—United States Representative to the United Nations, assuming her appointment by President Barack Obama will be confirmed by the Senate.  Her appointment to this position was surprising to some since she is regarded as a staunch anti-war activist who urged the President to hold back on his intentions to launch a strike against Syrian madman Bashar Al-Assad after he presumably gassed hundreds of his own citizens, including women and children….

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Social Work and the Rise of the Millennials

CRISP hosted our first student networking event Friday evening at the stylish Park at 14th which drew several dozen social work students from the area’s schools with high representation from Howard University and the University of Maryland.  There were out-of-state students as well including Kathleen Algire-Fedarcyk from Columbia University where I graduated in 2002.  It was an electric event.  The students were excited about CRISP being on the scene.  As I spoke with them, they all said they were there because they want to make changes in our society.  And they are not content with being direct service providers or administrators; they want to be policymakers….

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