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Grand Challenges for Social Work

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 14, 2021 10:45:00 AM

As social workers keep their heads down tirelessly toiling away on individual case work, we thought it might be helpful to share with them the "big picture" perspective of their profession published by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) as its 2021 Blueprint of Federal Social Policy Priorities. It articulates meaningful actions our society should take to address the COVID-19 crisis, promote mental and behavioral health, eliminate systemic racism, and ensure civil and human rights for all. In case you missed it, here is a summary of your profession's "big picture" wish list for 2021.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, social workers

Disruption

Posted by GVT Admin on Jul 7, 2021 10:34:54 AM

Recent discussions with social workers from six different disciplines around the country centered around the lasting effects this dreadful pandemic has had on their constituents. Everyone agreed that the novel coronavirus and associated diseases have caused unprecedented - disruption.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, social services, social workers, Covid-19, Pandemic, Post Pandemic

OJJDP Announces Upcoming Webinars

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 2, 2021 10:51:22 AM

Register for upcoming juvenile justice-related webinars on funding, programs, and initiatives.

Date

Title

Registration

June 9, 2021

Prosecuting Carjacking Cases in Juvenile Court (Prosecutors Only) 

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June 10, 2021

OJJDP FY 2021 Juvenile Justice System Reform Initiative Solicitation 

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June 11, 2021

OJJDP FY 2021 Family-Based Alternative Sentencing Program Solicitation 

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June 22, 2021

Response to At-Risk Missing and High-Risk Endangered Missing Children

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June 24, 2021

AMBER Alert Activation Best Practices

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Juvenile Justice, FAMCare, OJJDP, OJJDP Webinars, juvenile justice solutions

Public Health Social Work

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 2, 2021 9:54:39 AM

The COVID-19 doomsday pandemic introduced an entirely new class of celebrity to the American zeitgeist, the public health official. From Anthony Fauci, the wise old sage of caution and mutual concern, to Robert Redfield, the reluctant dour villain caught between the evil genie and an army of helpless victims, to Rochelle Walensky, the newcomer fairy godmother who wished us well and told us it would all end happily, to Vivek Murthy, the good scout who counseled us not to fear the final dangerous crossing. All public health officials - all newly minted celebrities.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, social workers, what social workers do, Covid-19, Post Pandemic, public health social work

Office of Justice Programs...Funding News

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 1, 2021 8:53:56 AM

The Office of Justice Programs annouced the following Funding News on May 28, 2021. 

New Opportunities

Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program to Support Law Enforcement Agencies | BJA
Grants.gov deadline: 7/12/2021 | JustGrants deadline: 7/26/2021

Child-friendly Family Visiting Spaces in Jails and Prisons Program | BJA
Grants.gov deadline: 7/12/2021 | JustGrants deadline: 7/26/2021

National Center for Culturally Responsive Victim Services | OVC
Grants.gov deadline: 7/12/2021 | JustGrants deadline: 7/26/2021

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, grants, nonprofit, OJP, Office Of Justice, OJP Funding, OJP News

OJJDP Announces Upcoming January Webinars

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 30, 2020 9:45:05 AM

Register for upcoming juvenile justice-related webinars on funding, programs, and initiatives.

Date

Title

Registration

January 7, 2020

OJJDP FY 2021 Family Drug Court Program

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January 12, 2020

OJJDP FY2021 Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Solicitation Webinar

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January 12 – 13, 2020

Community Response to High Risk Missing and Sex Trafficking Victims

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January 14, 2020

OJJDP FY 2021 Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry Program

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January 20, 2020

Initial Response Strategies and Tactics When Responding to Missing Children Incidents

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January 21, 2020

OJJDP FY 2021 Opioid Affected Youth Initiative

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Juvenile Justice, OJJDP, Victim Services, Webinars

Paperwork  Blaaah....

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 9, 2020 12:15:00 PM

Paperwork is a dirty word in social services. Social work is not about keeping records, it’s about “hands-on” interpersonal contact with abused children, single parents, the neglected elderly, the abandoned homeless, and other vulnerable populations. As you might suspect, as social work became a more integral part of our society’s fabric, our social workers have been swamped by a virtual paperwork tsunami.

We recently talked to a child and family services case worker in Phoenix, Arizona who, contrary to popular opinion, shed a positive light on all this confounded paperwork.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, caseworkers, social workers, what social workers do, paperwork overload

Child Welfare A Digital Approach During Covid

Posted by GVT Admin on Dec 2, 2020 12:45:00 AM

During this national crisis, child welfare agencies are struggling to balance their mission to protect children from abuse and neglect with their duty to protect their workforce. The vast majority of children involved in child welfare cases live at home. Parents are often ordered to participate in certain programs (or requested to do so voluntarily), while caseworkers make regular visits to check on the situation in the home.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Child Welfare, FAMCare, social services software, social workers, Social worker's tool, Covid-19, Pandemic

Social Workers Enlist To Conquer the Pandemic...

Posted by GVT Admin on Jun 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM

On June 6, 2020, there were 378,024 cases and 24,259 coronavirus-related deaths in New York State. Though Governor Cuomo reported these numbers are declining dramatically, he also called for continued vigilance as the state focuses on reopening. Contact tracing has become the keyword for relaxing limitations on public gatherings and opening up the state’s economy. The governor has said success will mean hiring an “army of tracers”, and 17,000 people will be hired.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, social workers, New York City, Covid-19

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: Social Services Industry News, Veterans Issues, mental health, Suicide prevention

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