February Newsletter

Happy Valentine’s Day! What are you doing for “you” today? How about showing yourself some self compassion? Check out this fantastic article by Kentucky’s own Dr. Jay Miller and be prepared for even more highlights and focus on self care and self compassion as we prepare to celebrate March Social Work Month!
Now that we have kick started your self compassion goals, let’s turn our attention to spring because this winter has already overstayed its welcome. Spring is just 35 days away, so there is an end in sight to the icky weather and horrible flu season. I did see and hear a robin the other day which always gives me hope that sunflowers and sun are not far behind.
In the meantime there will be plenty to keep us occupied as we navigate the very hectic rollercoaster ride that is our legislative session. We have seen many legislative priorities that call to us. We recently signed a statement for Senator Julie Roque-Adams and her tireless effort to end the death penalty for people living with mental illness. Below, you will find Rep. Wayne’s much needed HB31 and some information on it with the contact number to call. We are calling on so many bills related to our KY children and adolescents and hope you are doing so as we work together to build a better present for our future citizens.
We have added a “Legislative Priorities” tab to our NASW-KY website www.naswky.com so please check out our growing list from social workers across the state and let us know which ones you are following because we need your voices and input. And with only two weeks left to file a new bill, our fingers are crossed we don’t see a bill filed regarding the restructure of our independent KY BSW, but we are ready if it happens and will let you know ASAP so we can get EVERY voice heard loud and clear!
Our NASW Facebook page is brimming with information about our Social Work Lobby Day 2018 and the response has been fantastic. We certainly hope you will join us in the “People’s House” on Thursday, March 8 at 1pm for our Rally in the Rotunda. We have a great line up of inspiring speakers for our Rally, and lots of great things happening before we gather at 1pm to celebrate our profession and social work month.
We need your pictures and your advocacy signs, so please check out our Advocacy Tool-Kit on our www.naswky.com website. You will find the sign on page 8 (though it is not numbered) and we would love a picture of you holding your sign with your message so we can put it on our NASW Kentucky Facebook page. Share this tool-kit with as many people as you can so everyone can be ready to engage our elected officials.
If you haven’t checked out our NASW Kentucky YouTube channel, what are you waiting for??? It is fantastic and you will thoroughly enjoy the star power of our own NASW-KY Board of Directors Ondine and Tony! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Smdp7Gk1OQ&t=18s
Speaking of Tony and Ondine, they are ready to host another Zoom Webinar on Friday, February 23 from 12p-1p for 1 FREE CEU. You must register, so please send me an email and we will get you signed up for Advocacy 201!
We invite you to sign up to be a Lobby Captain for our visiting social work students and professionals on Lobby Day. We will be offering a one hour Zoom training and it is a fun way to enjoy the morning and meet people from all over the state. Interested? Please send me an email and we will get you in the group!
Interested in one of the three Mansion tours we have scheduled? Please email me if you would like to sign up for these delightful 30 minute tours and I will add your name as we are asking everyone to REGISTER for these to make sure we have enough space. The times are 9:30am, 10:00am and 10:30am.
We will have folders with information to hand out to you on Lobby Day at the entrance to both the Capitol and Annex (from the garage) so be sure to find us when you arrive. We will also include a walking map in our folders so you may tour on your own. More information to follow!
**Please remember NASW-KY is NOT arranging appointments to meet with any Representatives or Senators. We have provided all of our Advocacy training items in the effort to engage and educate you so you can choose to meet with someone who is sponsoring a bill of interest to you, or you may want to sit in on some of the meetings being held throughout the day.
AND, just like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, we will begin planning Social Work Lobby Day 2019 right after this lobby day ends, so please join us in the fun by emailing me your interest in either being part of Social Work Lobby Day 2019 committee or our Legislative Committee!
And be sure to check out our Ethics for Re-Licensure CEU being hosted the day before Lobby Day in Lexington! A pizza lunch at 12pm for 1 FREE CEU as we discuss social justice and advocacy followed by Edwin Hackney, LCSW from 1-4pm. Wow, Social Work Month is gearing up to be one of the best!

Let’s help one of our own here:
PLEASE CALL AND SHARE THIS POST! Rep. Wayne, LCSW, deserves our support on HB31! Call 1-800-372-7181 and tell the House Judiciary Committee that you SUPPORT HB 31.
“A bill meant to reduce child-related shootings by making it a crime in Kentucky to leave loaded guns unsecured around minors has stalled in the House Judiciary Committee.
[…] [Rep. Jim] Wayne’s bill would require Kentucky gun owners with children in their homes to store their firearms temporarily disabled by a trigger lock. Wayne said he plans to amend his bill to add the option of using a gun safe instead of a trigger lock.
Improper firearm storage would be a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, only if a child gets access to the weapon. The charge would rise to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, if a minor uses the weapon to hurt or kill someone.”

Our PACE committee is alive and kicking it up with our first candidate endorsement! We are absolutely thrilled to endorse one of our own, Nicole George, MSW, CSW who is running for the 21 Metro in Louisville. Here’s a write up from EmergeKY:
“Nicole George is a Certified Social Worker who specializes in the field of child welfare. After receiving certification in Kentucky’s Public Child Welfare Certification Program Nicole began her present employment with Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Through her position as an Internal Policy Analyst Nicole works to make systematic improvements to Kentucky’s child welfare system. Nicole holds a Masters in Social Work from Spalding University. When not working to enhance the safety and well-being of children and families across the Commonwealth, Nicole serves as a member on Spalding University’s Alumni Board, volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is a member of the League of Women Voters. Nicole resides in Louisville, KY with her husband of eleven years.”
Nicole will be one of our speakers at Social Work Lobby Day so if you haven’t met her yet, you will thoroughly enjoy the chance to do so and we promise you will be SO motivated and inspired by her commitment to our state and citizens that you may decide to run for office someday! For more information, please check out Nicole’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010695379547
We are going to be very active across the state this year! In 2017 we hosted regional conferences in Paducah, Bowling Green, Covington, and Somerset. We held two licensure prep trainings in Lexington and Bowling Green. And we began our Meet, Mingle, and Mentor events in Louisville, London, Hopkinsville, Paducah, Hazard, and Lexington. Here’s what’s happening so far this winter:
**Northeast Branch – Ashland Community and Technical College, 1400 College Drive, Library Building Conference Room, Ashland on Monday. February 19th from 11:30 – 1:00pm in the Library for Advocacy 101. Hoagie and treats will be served.
**Bluegrass Branch – The Plantory, 501 W 6th Street, Lexington, Saturday, February 17th from 10:00-11:30am for Advocacy 101. Brunch items will be served.
**Jefferson Branch – Campbellsville University – Louisville Campus, 2300 Greene Way Monday, March 5, from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Caitlin Willenbrink from KCDAV will join us to discuss the new Mandatory Reporting laws. Pizza and snacks will be served.
**Plans are being made for events across our state, so we can’t wait to share these with you in our next newsletter!

ETHICS FOR RE-LICENSURE and Social Justice Pizza lunch on Wednesday, March 7th!
Presenter: Edwin Hackney, LCSW, CADC
Location: 1:00-4:00pm at the Junior Achievement Offices, 2420 Spurr Road, Suite 150, Lexington
Cost: $40 for KSCSW and NASW members; $60 for non-members
CEU’s: Three CEU’s for social workers, Satisfies the mandatory ethics training requirement for Kentucky social workers. Contact brosen.naswky@socialworkers.org to register!