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Helping the Homeless on Skid Row: SRO Housing Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Amanda Stemen 2014/10/24

As Single Room Occupancy Housing (SRO) celebrates its 30 years of service, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Ervin R. Munro, M.S., the Director of Social Services, for the organization. Mr. Munro immediately exuded the warmth, intelligence, and passion that have allowed him to have a long and inspirational career serving others. This… Continue Reading »

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The Struggle For American Indian Voting Rights in South Dakota

Drew Gibson 2014/10/23

Last month, the Oglala Sioux Nation filed a voting rights lawsuit with the federal government for failing to put a pre-election satellite voting and registration site on the portion of Pine Ridge Reservation which sits in Jackson County, South Dakota. Despite having money apportioned by the Help America Vote Act to address just this sort of issue,… Continue Reading »

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Home Health and Patient Centered Medical Homes

Sean Erreger 2014/10/23

With the Affordable Care Act and the changes in the DSM-V, social workers have a lot to keep up with, and the landscape of health care is changing by the minute.  These changes have implications no matter what setting you work in. The U.S Department of Health and Human Services definition of medical homes ” is not simply as a place but… Continue Reading »

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Is Saying Victim Failed to Protect Children Another Form of Victim Blaming

Peter Choate 2014/10/22

A mother finds herself in a domestically violent relationship and she has children. Child Protective Services (CPS) becomes involved and discover that the children are either being abused directly or are witnessing the abuse. CPS turns to the mother and tells her that she has a responsibility to protect the children from the abuse despite… Continue Reading »

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Geotagging Memories? A Brief Exploration of Social Work Implications

Samantha Teixeria 2014/10/22

Sometimes social workers ask me how they can connect Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or spatial analysis to their work. For macro social work, the connections are easy. We can visualize community assets, identify crime hotspots, look at the ways in which environmental hazards cluster in certain communities…the possibilities are endless. But, for clinical and micro… Continue Reading »

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Why Amanda Bynes Mental Illness is No Different from Robin Williams

Kharoll-Ann Souffrant 2014/10/21

Recently, 28 year-old Amanda Bynes was hospitalized in an involuntary psychiatric care unit by her family. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time she has been evaluated for mental health issues due to her erratic behavior. However, as a result of her fame, Bynes and her family are having to deal with her mental health crisis… Continue Reading »

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Dying with Dignity: The Brittany Maynard Story

Susan Youngsteadt 2014/10/20

On November 1, 2014, Brittany Maynard will die. However, her death is being planned on her own terms in response to a recent diagnosis of Glioblastoma Multiforme which is an aggressive brain cancer. Initially, Brittany was given only a few years to live, but further testing revealed Brittany only had six months. At the young age… Continue Reading »

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