Author Archives: John Wilkinson

Teleconferences and Updates on ICD-10-CM

The national office has received a large volume of calls and emails from members and employers on the ICD-10-CM.  As you may be aware, the ICD-10-CM impacts clinical social workers who diagnose and treat mental illness not only in private practice, but in other settings such as  hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, and primary care. …Continue Reading

NASW Members Only-Legal Issue of the Month : Legal Considerations When a Client Dies by Suicide

NASW’s Legal Issue of the Month for Members: Legal Considerations When a Client Dies by Suicide.   You will need to “log” on as a NASW member (user name/password) to access this “Legal Issue of the Month” article. NASW members often call for legal consultation after learning that a client died by suicide, seeking guidance…Continue Reading

Montana Moves Forward With Medicaid Expansion- July 2015

As a follow-up to the 2015 Legislative Session, our legislature approved Medicaid Expansion.  However, in order to implement expansion, Montana applied for a Medicaid 1115 Waiver. As you may recall, our “Montana Behavioral Health Practitioners” Coalition strongly supported Medicaid Expansion in Montana, but because we passed a law outside of traditional Medicaid, the state must…Continue Reading


NASW MONTANA SEEKING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Position Available late September 2015 The Montana Chapter of NASW,with a statewide membership of 500+ and an annual budget of  approximately $115,000  is seeking a.75-1.0 FTE Executive Director.  The successful candidate will have a broad knowledge of the principles of association management; experience in political affairs; a knowledge of,and ability…Continue Reading

NASW Montana President’s Perspective on Charlotte Shootings

The recent killing of nine black church members in South Carolina is a brutal reminder that racism continues to be one of the challenges our country must address.   This act, committed by a white man who published white supremacist statements on the internet, tells us that despite creating laws that ban racial discrimination, we have not done…Continue Reading

Montana Legislative Alert:-SB 405: Medicaid Expansion Bill Hearing on Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m.

The Montana Medicaid Expansion Bill, SB 405 – Establish the Montana Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership Act Sponsored by Sen. Edward Buttrey, SB 405 would expand Medicaid to those who make too much to qualify for Medicaid currently, but not enough to qualify for ACA insurance subsidies. This hearing is in front of the House Human Services Committee at…Continue Reading

NASW Members Only-NASW LDF Issue of the Month Article: Legal Issues in Health Insurance Audits

Health insurance audits present a variety of legal issues for social workers. This NASW Legal Issue of the Month article discusses some of the issues involved in retrospective audits and what social workers should consider doing if their mental health records are the subject of an audit.  Please visit: Legal Issues in Health Insurance Audits This NASW…Continue Reading

Mort Arkava, University of Montana School of Social Work Founder Passes

Morton L “Mort” Arkava Morton Leonard Arkava died at his home in Port Townsend, WA, on March 13, 2015 from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 81. He was born in Norwich, Connecticut, on November 24, 1934 to Jewish Russian immigrants, Bessie and Wolf Arkava.  He was raised in Norwich and New London CT…Continue Reading