May Newsletter

May Updates


It’s May in Kentucky and that means a huge shout out of congratulations to all of our new BSW, MSW, MSSW, and Ph.D graduates! What a pleasure it is to welcome you to the social work profession. Your graduations couldn’t have come at a better time for our state because we need your energy, enthusiasm, and commitment as we continue to raise our voices across Kentucky. There is so much work to be done but for now, we wish you some well deserved peace and self care. Enjoy checking out our NASW Kentucky Facebook pages for more information on self care and support for social work students as many of you may be transitioning into advanced degrees now!

It’s May in Kentucky which also means it might actually be spring, or we will just jump right into summer. What an extended winter we have lived through and it has certainly wrecked havoc on many of our plans. We are busy working on our next regional events and also discussing joint ventures with some of our surrounding NASW chapters to bring some required Kentucky CEU’s across state lines to make it easier on those of you who live closer to these conference locations as well as those of you who also hold licenses in the states that border Kentucky since NASW CEU’s transfer between states. We are going to have our Regional CEU Conference schedules soon, so be prepared for a very busy late summer and fall. We are also including a link to the NASW Social Work Online CE Institute:

It’s May in Kentucky, and so far we have not seen an executive order regarding the failed restructuring bill, so for now we can breathe a sigh of relief and focus on our Legislative Committee, NASW-KY/KSCSW Planning Committee for Social Work Lobby Day 2019 on March 9, 2019, and our PACE committee. We would love to have your input and ideas so why not join the fun by sending us an email and telling us about your interests as these committees can be attended virtually.

It’s May in Kentucky and this marks our last month in our Frankfort office. We have cleaned out our office and will be officially a member of the Plantory on June 1st. While our Frankfort location served its purpose for many years, timing is perfect to both save money and move to a location that offers us so many opportunities to network and begin writing grants to help support some of the programs we would love to offer for our members and future members. The Plantory also offers us space to host small programs at no cost which helps us keep our costs down for trainings. Win. Win. Here’s our new address and phone:

501 West Sixth Street
Lexington, KY 40508
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Program Grant Application Opening Soon

The next VOCA application will go live mid-end of June. We have attached some materials for you to read including:
1) 2018 VOCA Guidelines- This is everything you need to know about VOCA including match requirements, application information and allowable/ unallowable regulations. For the full list of allowable v unallowable information go to the Federal Register to read the guidelines. Sub-recipient allowable starts in section 94.119
2) VOCA Application Introduction Slideshow- This is a complete walk through of what the application contains. If you decide to apply you will need to create an account on the KY eGMS website and this is where you will find the application when it goes live.
3) Grant Writing 101- This is a generalized training or tips for grant writing. This slideshow is highly suggestive of what we like to see in our grants but does not only apply to our grants. This is a general best practices/ tips slideshow.
Matt Bevin Announces Apprenticeship Program for Social Workers

We woke up today to this headline, and have quickly responded on our NASW Kentucky Facebook page. We have also reached out to Governor Bevin with a request to meet and discuss this program along with our recommendations. Our recommendations are for every high school student who is interested in our social work profession a college scholarship to cover their education and support their goals of becoming a professional social worker and more public funds to support our PCWPC programs to include more MSW stipends for BSW’s and “social service” staff currently employed by the Cabinet to help retention. We also want to advocate for more options for loan forgiveness to help our social workers who are barely covering their cost of living due to their school loans, better pay, more social work safety education and support, and a well deserved understanding that our profession is not low skilled, but one of the most critically important professions in our beloved bluegrass state.

The social work profession is one of most demanding, dangerous, and disciplined professions in the world. We take our training and education very seriously so we will be interested in speaking with the Governor and those involved in this program so we can all support our colleges and universities with the goal of educating more professional social workers to meet the growing demands of our vulnerable Kentucky citizens.

Clearly, there is education needed for our politicians and Cabinet administration regarding the social work profession. While we applaud getting our high school seniors engaged in pursuing social work as a profession, to offer internships with the idea that these students will reduce the “stress” social workers are under is very disconcerting. We have fought hard for our title protection and licensure, and are deeply concerned that the continued lack of awareness and understanding about the social work profession will lead to serious consequences for us. We would love to hear your thoughts.

Here are some links for more information:

Bevin Announces Apprenticeship Program For Social Workers

Heartland Book Club
The Heartland Book Club connects virtually through a LinkedIn group to discuss relevant books for social workers. The book cub gives members the opportunity to:

Earn 3 CEUs for each book that they read and pass a short quiz with a score of 80% or more. The group will read six books per year so participants can earn up to 18 CEUs per year, depending on which NASW chapter they belong to.
Read interesting books related to social work
Connect with other social workers to grow their professional network and learn from their peers
Participate entirely online so the program can work with people’s busy schedules
Hold themselves accountable to reading by being part of a cohort

To sign up please visit and follow the steps to sign up. The program is $49 per year for chapter members and includes the online quizzes for CEU credit.

Members receive $20 off the full price of $69 with this code: MOAK2016230

The book club is managed by PBC Guru. PBC Guru manages professional book clubs for companies and is moderating the LinkedIn group for the chapters to help make this program a great experience for all participants. If you’d like to learn more about PBC Guru you can visit their website at or email them at Feel free to email them with any questions about the NASW Heartland Book Club