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A Christmas Tableaux

Posted by George Ritacco on Dec 17, 2019 12:51:18 PM

The Salvation Army’s soldiers ringing their bells in front of stores and on street corners all across America and, indeed, the entire western world, are as much a part of our traditional Christmas tableaux as the Christmas tree, Santa Claus, the front door wreath, and snowy country scenes enlivened with horse drawn sleighs and seasonal music celebrating family love. The Salvation Army has simply always been a part of this Christmas scene. 

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A Tiny School In A Small Town With A Really Big Heart

Posted by George Ritacco on Dec 17, 2019 12:21:36 PM

The Verde Valley School in Oak Creek, Arizona was founded in 1947 by Hamilton and Barbara Warren after the devastation of the Western European civilization by the horror of World War II. The Harvard educated couple decided it was their mission to bring together students from all over the world to live, work, and study together in a multicultural environment of mutual respect and service to one another and the wider world community. After 72 years, this tiny secondary school continues to foster intercultural understanding and world citizenship, environmental stewardship, the value of physical labor, and service to humanity with a willing spirit.

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NEWS: Office of Justice Programs Awards More Than $212 Million To Support Juvenile Justice

Posted by George Ritacco on Dec 9, 2019 2:12:21 PM

Today, the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced awards of more than $212 million to support juvenile justice. The awards will enhance state and local juvenile justice systems; provide gang prevention and intervention services; support mentoring and reentry services for youth and families; and help states comply with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. OJJDP and the Office for Victims of Crime awarded grants to more than 150 states, local jurisdictions, research and academic institutions, and public and private organizations nationwide.

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Topics: Industry News

Visions Server Platform Upgrade Announcement December 2019

Posted by George Ritacco on Dec 6, 2019 8:50:51 AM


Dear Client,

Global Vision Technologies (GVT) will be conducting an upgrade to Visions Server - the platform behind the FAMCare and/or ClinicalPURSUIT systems on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - between the hours of 6pm and 3am EDT.

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Topics: Software Upgrade Notices

It's Time to Give Thanks... to Social Workers

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 26, 2019 6:08:37 PM

Social work is hard work. It’s stressful and it often seems like you can never get ahead. There is always so much more you can do, if you only had the time, energy and budget to do it. The holidays can be even more stressful, as many clients deal with tough times during the holidays.

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Topics: social services, social workers, human kindness, case manager stress relief, what social workers do, Social worker's tool, Thanksgiving

Humor:  A Social Worker’s Tool

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 20, 2019 6:20:58 PM

Louise, a crusty journey-woman social worker had three pairs of glasses hanging from tiny chains around her neck and a sharpened yellow number two pencil plunged into her beehive hairdo. How unlikely that this woman would teach us how to use humor in social work.

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Topics: social workers, case manager stress relief, humor, Social worker's tool, humor can heal

Incarceration America: Coming to our Senses

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 14, 2019 6:26:00 AM

The Headline

After years of writing about the mass incarceration of Americans, it gives us great pleasure to share this headline with everyone in the social services community.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice, Government, nonprofit, Mass incarceration in America,, social justice, Overpopulation, prison reform, Incarceration America

Do You Need Encryption to be HIPAA Compliant?

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 12, 2019 7:03:00 AM

One way for a software solution to help you be HIPAA compliant is to offer you HIPAA encryption as part of the package. But is that something you need to be HIPAA compliant? Technically, no, it’s not mandatory.

The rules state you should use encryption if it would be needed to safeguard electronic Protected Health Information (PHI). But, they do say if you don’t use encryption, you need to have an alternative to encryption that will safeguard as well as encrypting would. Or you need to have documentation with justifiable cause, as to why have taken a different tact with regard to safeguarding PHI.

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Topics: FAMCare, case management software, HIPAA Compliant, caseworkers, computer etiquette, HIPAA violation, Electronic Health Records, HIPAA encryption

How Your Organization Can Provide Case Manager Stress Relief

Posted by GVT Admin on Nov 1, 2019 8:12:00 AM

Being a case manager is stressful work. The hours are long. The caseloads are heavy. Budgets are tight. And you are often dealing with people facing some of the worst moments of their lives. We have discussed in previous posts different ways that social workers can achieve case manager stress relief. In this post we look at some organizational tactics to reduce stress for your case managers.

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Topics: case management software, case worker stress relief, caseworkers, prevent burnout, case load, social workers, improve morale, happiness, case manager stress relief, provide case manager stress relief

The Critical Role of Social Workers in Education

Posted by GVT Admin on Oct 29, 2019 7:23:14 AM

Nation Earns a Grade of C Amid Mixed State Showing

The new Education Week Research Center report, Quality Counts 2019, synthesizes 39 indicators that capture a range of school finance, academic achievement, and socioeconomic factors that affect the quality of state school systems. Southern states with high poverty rates dominate the lower rankings, but overall, 32 states earn grades between C-plus and C-minus. Why does the U.S. educational system consistently get low marks for student academic achievement?

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Topics: education, social workers, social workers in education

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