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(N=248) Survey taken 12/10/16-12/28/16
Below are the results of the Survey sent to CSWA members to get their views on what they would like CSWA advocacy priorities to be in 2017. We asked people to choose one or two areas for each issue, realizing that our resources are limited. The percentages are how many of the respondents chose a given issue.
Choose one or two of the areas below as the primary place(s) advocacy efforts should be made around mental health parity and reform legislation.
Other (please specify):
Choose one or two of the areas below as the primary place(s) that advocacy efforts should be made around the Affordable Care Act.
Choose one or two of the areas below as the primary place(s) that advocacy efforts should be made around Medicare and Medicaid.
Choose one or two areas below as the primary place(s) that advocacy efforts should be made around diversity and civil rights.
Choose one or two areas below as the primary place(s) that advocacy efforts should be made around mental health treatment.
Please add any other comments or issues that you think should be considered.
Because of low reimbursement rates, it is very difficult to obtain an appt with a psychiatrist who accepts insurance. Those who do make up for this by scheduling far more appts than they can be competent with.. It is very difficult to find a therapist who works with more specialized diagnostic categories like trauma and accepts insurance because if reimbursement rates.
Hard to choose only 2 in each of the categories, but I think you're doing a terrific job of knowing both what's important and what CSWA can accomplish.
It's difficult to prioritize these lists as all these issues are important, now more than ever. I do believe that any reversal of prohibitions on conversion therapy would be extremely detrimental.
Stress that Treatment of mental disorders is prevention for other physical disorders and that focus on mental can reduce money needed for physical
Please consider that all members did not vote democrat and that some of us have much hope for positive changes with the new administration. Sometimes it feels like both the NASW and the LCSW society assume that all members stand on the left. I fall in the middle and would like to see many things change in our country. I live in a home where we are both self employed. I am tired of paying 1k a month for health care and this year going up to a 10k deductible, while politicians have 70 some percent of their insurance paid for. I am concerned that social workers really need to consider a role of advocating for a more empowered, anti-victim, self responsible approach to helping people. I believe he is for LEGAL immigration and for preventing the immigration of dangerous people, taking care of America first, as there are millions suffering here in our country. I did not renew my NASW membership because they represent the extreme left. I am in need of renewing my CSWA membership and I am unsure if I want to do so for the same reasons. Thank you for considering my comments.
Oppose challenges to mental health parity and changes that violate ethical standards and scope of practice within integrated healthcare system modalities.
Trump has alienated all or almost all minorities. I can't believe there will come a day that I would be literally afraid of the President and the rest of government
Insure parity for the treatment of mental health disorders--increase the embracement of compassion for all civil rights issues!
Thank you – 25
Please guide us on how to proceed - 3
I think all of these areas are incredibly important.
I think many more things are important than just one or two in each category, especially in light of the incoming administration.
Enforce parity in mental health care and use of pre-authorization in Medicaid programs. Major concerns for small businesses and cost of health care. Many of these citizens are mental health providers in private or small group practices. These individuals do not qualify for any reduced health care costs or grants.
I was not aware that some of these ideas were even being considered. Wow! Social workers need to work hard to keep human rights a part of our country in the coming years.
All of these are important; choosing is impossible. Most important maybe is protecting AND CONTINUED FUNDING for what mental health and substance abuse support we have now?
I am completely overwhelmed by all of the urgent and essential advocacy and human rights issues on our plates. It is virtually impossible for me to pick where to focus our efforts. I would advise us to pick issues where we think we can join with other groups and really make an impact.
Too much focus on negatives, need to focus on what to promote - 4
The new administration is a threat to mental health. We must do everything we possibly can to fight the reactionary provisions that would roll back the advances made in human rights and rights for the mentally ill. - 5
I think it is important that Medicare and Medicaid payments be comparable to private insurance "allowed amounts' for comparable mental health services.
Advocate fully funding for addiction tx in CARA Act
Standing up as a group against any continued public statements of hate or attempts at normalization of racism, sexual harassment, and anti- LBGTQ or immigrant threats. We have an obligation as health professionals, to point out the damaging effects of this rhetoric and demand that our highest leaders behave in ways that do not harm others in our country. Thank you for doing this survey and preparing!
Re: the ACA section: I would love to oppose complete overturn of ACA, but trust you have a better sense of whether that is a practical and achievable goal. Given the possibility that it's not practical, I picked the parts of it that seem most urgent to me. Though they do all seem important.
It's hard to choose only one or two options. I want to check all if the above - 7
While I would like to think that there will not be many changes, I think the focus for right now will have to be defensive to just keep what we have...at the same time, starting to design other studies and doing other research to lay the groundwork for best practices could be powerful with the right administration...who are our cheerleaders in the house and senate right now..
Increasing collaborative mental health services such as pharmacy, dietician, physical therapy, ministry in mental health facilities. Advocate for stricter rules to accredit mental hospital, including provider licensure review with continued education audit, increase advocacy for American psychiatrists, increase advocacy for 21st century cures, get more people discharged and healthier from mental facilities, not allow state mental hospitals to be a lifetime residence.
FIGHT LIKE HELL
Support expansion of Medicare – 5
Medicare is a great program. Most seniors seem fairly happy with it & believe it to be well run.
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