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October Advocacy Updates

Thursday, October 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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Find out what NASW-NC has been doing for the social work profession during the month of October! This update includes information on a huge victory with the corporal punishment ban, updates coming to the State Health Plan, and tips on using 90837s in clinical practice.

Click here to read the September Update!

Corporal Punishment banned in every school district

A historic day came in early October when Graham County’s Board of Education, the last school district in the state, voted to end the use of corporal punishment in schools. NASW-NC has partnered with NC Child over the years to provide school social work voices at school board meetings and to meet with local leaders to encourage the ban on corporal punishment.

More than 80 research studies confirm that corporal punishment is associated with no positive academic outcomes. Rather, the practice is associated with negative outcomes, such as impeded social and cognitive development, as well as aggressive behavior.

Because of this research, corporal punishment is now prohibited in all of North Carolina’s local school districts!

State Health Plan information for members

NASW-NC members who participate in the State Health Plan Panel should have received a letter from the State Health Plan detailing a new rate structure effective January 1, 2020. NASW-NC has been in talks with several other behavioral health associations, as well as providers, about these plans. Click here to learn more about this change with the State Health Plan.

Social workers may wish to seek more information about this from a Letter of Intent sent to providers. Click here for a link to that letter.

The letter of intent is not a legally binding document, as stated. Signing the letter of intent will allow you the opportunity to receive specific information, at a later date, about reimbursement rates specific to social workers under the new plan. Please be advised that the letter of intent is to be signed within thirty days of receipt of the letter.

NASW-NC is seeking more clarification from the State Health Plan and the state Treasurer to ensure social worker’s best interest is at stake with the new rate structure. If you have not received the letter of intent, please reach out to the State Health Plan at


90837 and Global Tech information

On August 13, 2018, 10,000 clinical social workers who are Medicare Part B providers received a letter from Global Tech containing results of a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) for Licensed Clinical Social Workers. NASW has reviewed the report and additional information provided by Global Tech and created a Practice Alert to help advise social workers:

Comparative Billing Reports from Global Tech, August 2018


Additional Resources that may be of interest:

NASW-NC Present at North Carolina School Social Work Association Conference

NASW-NC joined the North Carolina School Social Work Association (NCSSWA) for their annual fall conference in Greensboro October 17th-19th. NASW-NC Board Member Natasha Scott presented a break out session and NASW-NC member Veronica Hardy delivered the closing keynote! NASW-NC member Kam McDonald won the NCSSWA School Social Worker of the Year Award! NASW-NC staff talked to attendees about membership and advocacy efforts for school social workers in 2019 including hiring more school social workers, hiring a School Social Work Coordinator at the Department of Public Instruction, and pay raises!

Special Legislative Sessions

NASW-NC was present at two special sessions that were aimed at addressing the needs of those impacted by natural disasters.

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