NASW Delaware Chapter & Texas Chapter 2013-2014
The NASW Delaware Chapter asserts that social workers and others in the social justice community have not been effectively using social media to further their practice and policy initiatives. Therefore, the project examined social workers’ use of social media to promote social change. The Chapter developed a pilot research project that evaluated how Delaware social workers utilize social media to further their practice and policy initiatives.
According to the chapter’s proposal, social media tools are revolutionizing all areas of the social work profession. These tools can mobilize social action, such as disaster relief, outreach with difficult-to-engage clients, marketing, networking, and sharing ideas and best practices. “Quantitative and qualitative data will be compiled, summarized and analyzed to ensure the ‘voices’ of our social workers are being heard,” the proposal states. The results of the project will serve as a cornerstone of the Chapter’s efforts to develop a more comprehensive and detailed research project, thus leading to beginner and advanced trainings.
The NASW Texas Chapter has initiated a Clinical Reimbursement Project, which focuses on issues surrounding clinical reimbursement for social workers. The project disseminates information to clinical providers to receive information relevant to practice and reimbursement. The Fizdale Grant allowed the Texas Chapter to assess the impact of the project so far, specifically assessing the effectiveness of advocacy efforts on Medicaid reimbursement efforts.
The project was in its third year of a five-year plan and was successful in assisting social work providers and public and private insurance providers in resolving billing and reimbursement issues. For example ongoing efforts have been dedicated to obtaining Medicaid reimbursement rates for clinical social work providers. The Chapter's proposal explains, “This evaluation is an important step to ensure that the advocacy efforts of the Clinical Reimbursement Project are effectively meeting the needs of providers and ultimately reducing the lack of access to mental health services in Texas."