NJSCSW FORUM, our society's newsletter, is published three times a year. It informs members of the clinical and legislative events relevant to their work. Books and conferences are reviewed; the never-ending legislative battle to maintain the values and integrity of our profession is monitored. If you are interested in submitting copy or advertising in our newsletter, contact Jonathon Stone, NJSCSW's newsletter editor, Jstone@jonathonastonelcsw.com. Feel free to read some of our newsletters below. 

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News Of Interest

The United States Senate releases their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, (ACA).

(Washington, DC) June 22, 2017

The United States Senate releases their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, (ACA). Click below to see the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017”.



Clinical Social Work/OPEIU Guild 49 Wins Legal Action Against State Employees Health Benefits Plan (Horizon BCBS)

Court reverses reduction of out-of-network reimbursement rate

(Wayne, New Jersey) September 5, 2013 -- The New Jersey Society for Clinical Social Work (NJSCSW)/OPEIU Guild 49 has won its legal action against the State Employees Health Benefits Plan (Horizon BCBS) for lowering their rate of reimbursement to out-of-network practitioners back in January 2009.  

The NJ State Appellate Division has decided that the lowering of reimbursement rates by the SHBP and Horizon was done in violation of N.J.S.A.52:14-17.46.7.  


The Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity Act of 2008 Passed October 3, 2008

Questions and Answers

1. What does the new federal parity act do?

The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act will end health insurance benefits inequity between mental health/substance use disorders and medical/surgical benefits for group health plans with more than 50 employees.

Under this law, a group health plan of 50 or more employees that provides both physical and mental health/substance use benefits must ensure that all financial requirements and treatment limitations applicable to mental health/substance use disorder benefits are no more restrictive than those requirements and limitations placed on physical benefits.