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NASW Ohio submits comments on rule excluding providers with criminal offenses.

Monday, July 30, 2018   (1 Comments)
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"The Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-OH) appreciates the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s efforts to ensure the protection of the public from fraud and abuse through updates to OAC 5160-1-17.8. Given the increasingly common use of otherwise unregulated paraprofessional providers, the Department’s efforts to maintain high standards of care are necessary and appreciated.


NASW-OH does share the concerns of The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers that the full reach of the changes in this proposed rule will have a detrimental impact on the social work profession and Medicaid consumers alike. Disallowing enrollment for providers who have interacted with the criminal justice system will exacerbate existing social work workforce shortages leaving Medicaid consumers without care. We are concerned that licensed social workers with histories of criminal charges will lose work opportunities though they may be in good standing with the licensing board and their agencies. We believe that Ohio’s existing licensing board structure is an adequate public protection body which allows for social workers with a history of involvement in the criminal justice system to be held accountable while still contributing a high value to our profession."


Kathleen A. Barnett, LISW says...
Posted Monday, July 30, 2018
While completing assessments in a hospital psychiatric emergency room, I assessed thousands of patients. Many had legal histories. None of them were antisocial. They were all nice people. They all were looking for work and regretted the bad decisions they had made when they were young and were influenced by peers. Read the books Hillbilly Eligy by J. D. Vance and Born Bright by C. Nicole Mason who discussed their poor and working class cultures and poor parenting they experienced. Holding their backgrounds against them is classism. We need to believe in redemption.

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