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Children’s Alliance partners with Anthem Medicaid to offer social workers free continuing education

In an effort to support Kentucky’s vulnerable children and families, Anthem is partnering with Children’s Alliance to offer its members free continuing education credits (CEUs) to enhance the clinical skills/support that clinicians need and value to provide quality service. “Due to the generous support of Anthem, we are excited to offer 200 clinicians with free online access to 81 trainings that...

A single mom and combat veteran, ‘scared to death’ about losing daughter, suing CHFS social workers

By Judy Clabes KyForward special editor Nikkie Holliday is an army brat who followed in the footsteps of two career military parents to spend 10 years in the Army, rising to Staff Sergeant. She spent 27 months in Iraq and Afghanistan, unafraid to serve her country in the most dangerous places. But she was “scared to death” the day a social worker threatened to take away her three-year-old daughter...

Judge Bertlesman denies ‘qualified immunity’ to social workers in Holly and David Schulker’s lawsuit

By Judy Clabes KyForward publisher U.S. District Senior Judge William O. Bertelsman issued a rare ruling in a Covington lawsuit when he denied “qualified immunity” for two social workers employed by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Qualified immunity” is rarely – if ever – set aside for social workers in Kentucky, growing as it does from “sovereign immunity” of...

Bevin adjusts pay of ‘front line workers,’ including social workers and corrections officers

The Governor’s Office has announced that in an effort to retain and recruit social workers, and to fulfill Gov. Matt Bevin’s pledge to increase the pay of our front line workers, social workers and family support employees across the Commonwealth of Kentucky will see an increase in their pay effective Sept. 16. In his State of the Commonwealth address, Bevin pledged “$4.8 million dollars...