skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

UAW strike continues: Officials say EPA standards must catch up; Mississippians urged to register to vote ahead of the Nov. 7 general election; NYers worry about impacts of government shutdown.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Senate leaders advance a plan to avoid a government shutdown, an elections official argues AI could be a threat to democracy and voting rights advocates look to states like Arizona to rally young Latino voters.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A small fire department in rural Indiana is determined not to fail new moms and babies, the growing election denial movement has caused voting districts to change procedures and autumn promises spectacular scenery along America's rural byways.

Honoring the Role of NY Social Workers

play audio
Play

Monday, March 4, 2019   

NEW YORK — March is National Professional Social Work Month, when social workers around the country raise awareness of the important roles they fill.

With masters' degrees and thousands of hours of supervised training, licensed clinical social workers are the number-one providers of mental health services in New York state. Nationally, there's a shortage of social workers, and their average salaries are much lower than other similarly licensed professions.

Samantha Howell, executive director at the New York Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, said many have difficulty paying off student loans and supporting their families.

"We're constantly struggling to raise awareness about the fact that they do bring a specific, unique and much-needed skill set,” Howell said. “And that should be recognized in several ways - including adequate compensation."

New York social workers are in schools, hospitals and a variety of public agencies, often carrying huge caseloads. The NASW is calling its 2019 campaign "Elevate Social Work," highlighting the critical functions social workers perform on a daily basis.

Nationally, social workers are paid an average of $10,000-$15,000 a year less than nurses and teachers. Dr. Angelo McClain, CEO of the NASW's national organization, said part of the problem is the fee structure built into Medicare.

"Currently, social workers are reimbursed at 75 percent of the physician fee schedule,” McClain said. “Social work is the only profession that's reimbursed at a rate lower than 85 percent."

The Improving Access to Mental Health Act, to be introduced in Congress this year, would raise social worker compensation to 85 percent.

Howell emphasized that social workers have impact far beyond the immediate clients they serve.

"I can guarantee that every New Yorker has been touched by a social worker, they've been affected by a social worker and may not even realize it,” Howell said, “because of the breadth of service provided in this field."

She added that raising compensation is an important step toward ensuring there will be enough licensed, trained social workers available to meet the needs of all New Yorkers.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
Montana has more than 30 million acres of state and federal lands, nearly one third of the state. Conservation advocates are holding a photo contest featuring people and their dogs to celebrate being outdoors. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

This is the last weekend to get involved in a photo competition designed to encourage Montanans to explore the wilderness with their pets. There …


play sound

In a new poll, about a quarter of Hispanic students in post-high school education and training programs report feeling discriminated against…

Social Issues

play sound

New Yorkers are preparing for an impending government shutdown. State officials are worried about how it could impact the work state agencies have …


In 1920, Black people made up 14% of all farmers. It is estimated Black farmers lost around $326 billion worth of land within the 20th century. BIPOC farmers now make up less than 5% of all U.S. farmers. (Heather Craig/Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Advocates are drawing attention to systemic racism in farming across North Carolina and the nation. The National Farm Worker Ministry is hosting its …

Environment

play sound

Researchers have found the amount of land affected by saltwater intrusion on the Delmarva Peninsula has dramatically increased in recent years…

Groups trying to prevent bullying say simple things such as sparking conversations in the classroom about each student's favorite TV show can help establish inclusiveness. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

This weekend marks the kickoff of National Bullying Prevention Month. Those raising awareness hope schools in South Dakota and elsewhere work toward …

Environment

play sound

The arrival of fall has farmers transitioning to the harvest season, but what if some gathered their crops with rows of solar panels right alongside …

Environment

play sound

A new report finds more than half of the sewage facilities in Idaho had pollution violations in 2022. The sixth annual analysis by the Idaho …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021