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Mass Incarceration in America

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 28, 2019 7:27:57 PM

How did the United States, with 5% of the global population but 25% of its prisoners, become home to the largest prison system in the history of the world? Some say it’s an accomplishment. The U.S. is a law and order country and our criminal justice system is the envy of the world. Others feel quite differently and suggest that the “war on drugs” led to the mass incarceration of two generations of the urban poor.

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Topics: Government, criminal justice, human services, social workers, civic leaders, Mass incarceration in America,, Elizabeth Hinton

Ways Caseworkers Improve Care with Social Services Software

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 15, 2019 8:06:00 AM

The things you do as a caseworker can have a great impact on the lives of those in your care. You are both the lead investigator and client advocate. You recommend what social services would best fit their needs. You give support and referrals, then follow up on each client’s progress. It is a demanding, but rewarding job. You're helping people improve their situations and create a better life in the long run.

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Topics: case management workflow, HIPAA Compliant, caseworkers, social services software, social services, social workers

Female Veterans: Suffering in Silence

Posted by GVT Admin on Aug 7, 2019 7:30:00 AM

When the draft ended in 1973, women represented just 2% of the enlisted forces and 8% of the officer corps. Today, those numbers are 16% and 18% respectively, a significant increase. Historically, the Air Force has had the highest percentage of enlisted and officer women, however, by 2016 the Navy had nearly caught up. In both services, approximately one-in-five enlisted members and officers are women. The military offers many opportunities for women such as good pay, excellent benefits and career advancement, but there are also significant challenges.

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Topics: Government, Veterans Issues, mental health, social workers, Suicide prevention, what social workers do, women veterans, female veterans

Good Case Management Software Helps Keep Clients from Slipping Through the Cracks.

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 16, 2019 9:39:00 AM

You have good caseworkers who are committed to their clients. They work long hours and go above and beyond to make sure everyone is getting the help they need. Yet, it’s still too easy for someone to slip through the cracks if you’re using an antiquated or old school record system. Or if the caseworker is overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time to do it. Using the right case management software can alleviate some of these issues and help make sure nobody falls through the cracks.

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Topics: FAMCare, case management workflow, case management software, caseworkers, case load, social services, understanding clients, social workers, case manager stress relief, keep clients from slipping through the cracks

How Social Services Software Helps Your Nonprofit Provide Food and Shelter

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 18, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Despite low unemployment rates and a fairly strong economy, the number of homeless and food insecure continue to rise. According to the recently released State of the Homeless 2019 report, as of January, in New York City alone, an all-time record number (63,839) of men, women and children slept in shelters each night. And, according to Feeding America, 40-million people struggle with hunger in the U.S., including more than 12-million children.

If you run a shelter or food bank, chances are you have more to do and more to process every day. That’s where having the right social services software can help you focus more on providing food and shelter and less on paperwork and processes.

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Topics: Homeless & Food Pantry, FAMCare, nonprofit mission, nonprofit, caseworkers, social services software, social services, social workers, human kindness, hunger in America, hungry children, food and shelter

What Do Social Workers Do?

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 13, 2019 11:35:15 AM

At a recent college career day, this troubling question was asked repeatedly; “What do social workers do?” The question was troubling because it came with the realization that most college age students have no clear idea what social workers do. They are, therefore, less inclined to pick social work as a career choice.

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Topics: education, social services, social workers, what social workers do, social worker cliff notes

Memorial Day Memo: Remember Those Lost. Help Those Still Here.

Posted by GVT Admin on May 30, 2019 10:53:56 AM

Memorial Day was this last Monday. We don't often think about the meaning behind the holiday. But, sometimes you get a good reminder of what Memorial Day is all about. A colleague of ours, Frank Bennett, wanted to share a personal story about his experience this Memorial Day and what it lead him to uncover.

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Topics: Government, Veterans Issues, social workers, Memorial Day, Suicide prevention

Public Health Social Workers Speak Out

Posted by GVT Admin on May 14, 2019 3:31:29 PM

Our recent blog on the true cost of healthcare ignited a robust response from social workers who specialize in public health. This relatively new but growing social work specialty stresses a socio-epidemiological approach to the prevention and management of the chronic diseases that plague our society.

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Topics: human services, social services, social workers, public health, healthcare, cost of healthcare, healthcare issues

Case Manager Stress Relief For Social Worker Performance Anxiety

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 24, 2019 9:36:08 AM

Performance anxiety can often add to the high stress experienced by social work case managers. After all, social worker performance isn’t about how many widgets you make or how much profit you brought to the bottom line. It’s about helping real people deal with real life problems. If your performance is lacking, it could mess up someone’s life or even end it. That's the mindset that leads to social worker performance anxiety.

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Topics: case management software, case worker stress relief, caseworkers, prevent burnout, case load, social services, social workers, case worker supervision, case manager stress relief, performance anxiety

The Truth About the Cost of Healthcare

Posted by GVT Admin on Apr 18, 2019 11:58:49 AM

The healthcare debate rages on. Politicians on both sides of the aisle insist that they have the answer to the staggering cost of healthcare in the United States, but no concrete solutions have emerged. One party tends to favor socialized medicine while the opposition, agreeing that healthcare should be available to all citizens, hasn’t figured out how to pay the staggering bill.

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Topics: social workers, public health, healthcare, cost of healthcare

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