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Social Work

ADVOCACY RESOURCES

  • Handsnet (http://www.handsnet.org/)
    An online network that shows links for social work, social welfare, social service and youth worker. Also presents current articles on children and youth, education, health, homelessness, substance abuse and nonprofit management.
  • International Federation of Social Workers (http://www.ifsw.org/home)
    IFSW is a global organization which supports participation of social workers in national and international social planning and policies, recognition of social work, enhancement of social work training, and the values and professional standards of social work.
  • NASW Advocacy (http://www.naswdc.org/advocacy/default.asp)
    Through grassroots, legislative networks, government relations updates, and the political action committee which endorses candidates supporting National Association Of Social Worker's legislative agenda, social workers have a voice with members of Congress.

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CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

  • The Administration for Children and Families Homepage (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/)
    A division of the Department of Health and Human Services, ACF is a federal agency funding state, territory, local and tribal organizations to provide Fres family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families. The site has links to services for families, working with ACF, policy and planning, and about ACF. Under each are related topics and links.
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation (http://www.aecf.org/)
    This the site of a nonprofit organization that helps disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. The Foundation fosters public policies, human service reforms, and community support that meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families. The site is divided into information about AECF, projects, Kids Count publications and data, and publications.
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Statistics and Interventions (http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/fatality.cfm)
    Published by the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information of the Administration for Children & Families, this manual includes statistics and information on child abuse and fatalities due to illness and accidents and deaths due to physical assault or neglect. Intervention strategies and preventive services are included.
  • KIDS.gov (http://www.kids.gov/)
    This site provides links to government and other kids' sites, grouped by age and subject: kids, child care, games, educational toys, toys, clothes, shoes, furniture, school supplies, and parental control. An example of Site of the Month is NASA for Kids Only.
  • National Juvenile Court Data Archive (http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/njcda/)
    The National Juvenile Court Data Archive (Archive) houses the automated records of cases handled by courts with juvenile jurisdiction. The Archive was established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, within the U.S. Department of Justice, to promote access to automated juvenile court data sets for juvenile justice research and policymaking efforts. This web site was developed to inform researchers about the available data sets and the procedures for use and access.
  • Office of Family Assistance (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa)
    The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) is located in the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and oversees the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program which was created by the Welfare Reform Law of 1996. TANF became effective July 1, 1997, and replaced what was then commonly known as welfare: Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS) programs. TANF was reauthorized in February 2006 under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

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CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK

  • Clinical Social Work Association (http://www.associationsites.com/main-pub.cfm?usr=CSWA)
    The professional membership organization for clinical social workers, the focus is on clinical work and providing mental health treatment in agencies, clinics, institutions, hospitals and private practice. The clinical social work association provides clinical training, legislative advocacy on mental health matters, protection of clients' rights.
  • MedlinePlus (http://www.medlineplus.gov/)
    This site has information about mental health and information from National Library of Medicine, the National Institute of Health, and health-related government agencies and organizations. MEDLINE searches are included along with access to medical journal articles. The site also has interactive patient tutorials, the latest health news, and a medical encyclopedia, dictionary and directory.
  • The National Institute of Mental Health (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/)
    A division of the National Institutes of Health, the NIMH link features information about various mental disorders, their treatments, and advances the understanding of genetic-environment interactions.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

  • Neighborhoods Online: National (http://ncdd.org/rc/item/220)
    Created by the Institute for the Study of Civic Values as an online resource center for America's neighborhood builders and volunteers who build strong neighborhoods and communities. Provides access to information about neighborhood revitalization.
  • Office of Community Planning and Development (http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/)
    CPD seeks to develop VIABLE communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons. The means towards this end is the partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector.

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EDUCATION RESOURCES

  • Education Commission of the States (http://www.ecs.org/)
    For policymakers interested in particular education topics, ECS gathers, analyzes and disseminates information about current and emerging issues, trends and innovations in state education policy.
  • U.S. Department for Education (http://www.ed.gov/about/)
    This official site of the U.S. Department of Education includes information about education in other countries and the U.S., policies on America's financial aid, data on schools, key educational issues and prohibition of discrimination.

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GERONTOLOGY

  • Aging Stats.gov (http://www.agingstats.gov/agingstatsdotnet/main_site/default.aspx)
    Aging Stats.gov is the web site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Various agencies provide statistical tables including source of income for the aged, life expectancy, depression, memory impairment, and health care. The site provides a link to Older Americans Update 2008: Key Indicators Of Well-Being. (See information below)
  • Alzheimer's Association (http://www.alz.org/)
    The mission of the Association is eliminate Alzheimer's disease through research. There are links to resources, services, research, advocacy, and Alzheimer's disease which includes Inside the Brain; an Interactive Tour. (See below)
  • Income of the Population, 55 or Older, 2006 (http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/income_pop55/2006/index.html)
    "This biennial report presents detailed statistical information on the major sources and amounts of income for people aged 55 or older, with special emphasis on those 65 or older. Tabulations focus on the major sources of total income by age, sex, marital status, race, and Hispanic origin." (Released February 2009)
  • Inside The Brain: An Interactive Tour (http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_4719.asp)
    With 16 interactive color slides, the brain tour explains how the brain works and how Alzheimer's affects it.
  • National Academy on an Aging Society (http://www.agingsociety.org/agingsociety/)
    The Academy provides research and analysis focused on aging of America's and the world's population. Findings are presenting in language aimed at the general reader.
  • National Center for Health Statistics (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hdi.htm)
    This site provides tables on trends in the health of older Americans showing data by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin. The tables are easy to customize.
  • Older Americans Update 2008: Key Indicators of Well-Being (http://www.agingstats.gov/agingstatsdotnet/Main_Site/Data/Data_2008.aspx)
    This update is divided into sections which may be downloaded by section or as a whole. Sections include: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care. The data is presented in narrative form along with charts and tables.
  • Resource Center on Aging (http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~aging/)
    This site, maintained by the UC Berkeley, includes current information on issues in aging; information on education, research, grants, publications, fellowships, and community resources in aging; and information on aging activities such as employment, health care, legal problems, Medicare, nursing homes, and substance abuse.
  • Seniors' Health Issues (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/seniorshealthissues.html)
    This MedlinePlus site brings together information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies to provide answers to senior health questions. The content page has the following divisions: latest news, from NIH, overview, prevention, specific conditions, financial issues, newsletters/publications, clinical trials, genetics, research, directories, organizations, statistics, and women. Articles are available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Russian.
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Age Data (http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/age.html)
    Information is divided into the following categories: national level, state level, county level, other U.S. geographic levels, international data, Baby Boomer, older (55+) population, and elderly (65+) population. An age search service is available.

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GOVERNMENT INFORMATION RESOURCES

  • Democrats.Senate.gov (http://democrats.senate.gov/)
    Democrats.gov is the online home of the Senate Democratic Caucus. There are links to issues, leadership, senators, and committees.
  • FedStats (http://www.fedstats.gov/)
    Provides easy access to statistics produced by more than 100 U.S. federal government agencies. Divided by topic, state and agencies. References include the following online titles: Statistical Abstract of the United States; State and Metropolitan Area Data Book; Health, United States; National Transportation Statistics; and Energy Information Administration's Monthly Energy Review.
  • Senate Republican Conference (http://src.senate.gov/public/)
    The online home of the Senate Republican Caucus. There are links to the minority leader, Senate calendar, policy spotlight, and committee assignments.
  • State And Metropolitan Area Data Book (http://www.census.gov/compendia/smadb/)
    The Data Book contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States at the State and metropolitan area levels. Selected data for component counties and central cities of metropolitan areas are also included.
  • The White House (http://www.whitehouse.gov/)
    Features the President's statements, press releases, and initiatives as well as documents, an index of government information, history, and tour information.
  • USA.gov (http://www.usa.gov/)
    This "one-stop-shopping" link has a collection of topical and customer-focused links with millions of web pages from the federal and state governments, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.Comprehensive information on government resources, services and forms for citizens and businesses.

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GUIDELINES

  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences (http://www.bbs.ca.gov)
    The BBS is responsible for consumer protection through the registration OF Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT); Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW); Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP); MFT Interns; and Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW) in the State of California. It is one of the boards within the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences: Statutes and Regulations (http://www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/publications/lawsregs.pdf)
    The official California laws regulating therapists, including clinical social workers, are presented in the title Statutes and Regulations Relating to the Practice of: Marriage and Family Therapy, Licensed Clinical Social Work, Licensed Educational Psychology issued by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • California Board Of Behavioral Sciences: Recommended Links (http://www.bbs.ca.gov/quick_links/links.shtml)
    These links are provided as general information. The links provided are maintained by respective organizations. Links include: accredited schools of social work and MFT programs, boards of psychology and medicine; various California departments, and professional associations.
  • Ethics Codes & Practice Guidelines for Assessment, Therapy, Counseling, & Forensic Practice (http://kspope.com/ethcodes/index.php)
    This page presents links to therapy, counseling, forensic, and related ethics (and practice) codes developed by professional organizations (e.g., of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family counselors). Codes are listed only if they appear online.
  • National Association of Social Workers: Code of Ethics (http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp)
    Presents professional ethics including values, principles, and standards to guide conduct. The Code is relevant to all social workers and social work students, regardless of their professional functions, the settings in which they work, or the populations they serve.
  • NASW Press Author Guidelines (http://www.naswpress.org/authors/guidelines/00-contents.html)
    This link presents the writers' guide to the NASW Press, a division of the National Association of Social Workers. The Press has been publishing scholarly materials in social work since 1956 and is one of the major publishers in social work and social welfare.

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HEALTH CARE RESOURCES

  • Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (http://www.ahrq.gov/)
    This link is divided into the following research sections: funding opportunities, clinical information, research findings, specific populations, consumers and patients, data and surveys, quality and patient safety. Information is available in Spanish.
  • Health, United States (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm)
    An annual publication, presents national trends in health statistics on such topics as birth and death rates, infant mortality, life expectancy, morbidity and health status, risk factors, use of ambulatory care and inpatient care, health personnel and facilities, financing of health care, health insurance and managed care, and other health topics.
  • Healthy People 2010 (http://www.healthypeople.gov/)
    This site challenges the American public to be proactive to ensure good health and a long life. Links included are leading health indicators, implementation, publications, and data.
  • Medicaid (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/home/medicaid.asp)
    This index page provides information on the Medicaid program. Each link represents a topic. Topic links are grouped by the broad categories: Medicaid, "browse by provider type," and "browse by special topic."
  • Medicare (http://www.medicare.gov/)
    This is the U.S. government official site for people with Medicare. The new prescription plan, long term care, replacing Medicare cards are among the links provided.
  • National Center on Minority Health And Health Disparities (http://www.ncmhd.nih.gov/)
    NCMHD promotes minority health and assesses the efforts of the NIH to eliminate health disparities. Conducts and supports research, promotes research training, fosters programs, disseminates information, and reaches out to minority and other health disparity communities.

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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

  • Center for Mental Health Services (http://www.samhsa.gov/)
    CMHS is the Federal agency within the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that leads national efforts to improve prevention and mental health treatment services for all Americans.
  • Mental Health America (http://www.nmha.org/index.cfm)
    Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With more than 320 affiliates nationwide, the organization promotes national mental wellness. Information, help, and action links are provided.

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MINORITY RESOURCES

  • Anti-Defamation League (http://www.adl.org/)
    The ADL was founded in 1913 to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination against Jews and, today, against other minorities. This site has links to civil rights, education, the Holocaust, interfaith issues, international affairs, internet rumors, Israel, religious freedom, and security awareness.
  • Arab-American Institute (http://www.aaiusa.org/)
    AAI is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent. This site has links to press releases, elections, civil liberties, foreign policy, resources, event, and demographics.
  • Facts on the American Indian and Alaskan Native Population (http://www.census.gov/pubinfo/www/NEWamindML1.html)
    Supported by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau, this site has links to population statistics, social and economic characteristics, profiles, news releases, and additional resources regarding Native Americans in the United States.
  • Facts on the Asian Population (http://www.census.gov/pubinfo/www/NEWapiML1.html)
    Supported by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau, this site has links to population statistics, social and economic characteristics, profiles, news releases, and additional resources regarding Asian Americans in the United States.
  • Facts on the Black or African American Population (http://www.census.gov/pubinfo/www/NEWafamML1.html)
    Supported by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau, this site has links to population statistics, social and economic characteristics, profiles, news releases, and additional resources regarding African Americans in the United States.
  • Facts on the Hispanic or Latino Population  (http://www.census.gov/pubinfo/www/NEWhispML1.html)
    Supported by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau, this site has various links to population statistics, social and economic characteristics, profiles, news releases, and additional resources regarding Hispanics and Latinos in the United States.
  • Facts on the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population (http://www.census.gov/pubinfo/www/NEWnativehawML1.html)
    Supported by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau, this site has various links to population statistics, social and economic characteristics, profiles, news releases, and additional resources regarding Hawaiians and Pacific islanders in the United States.
  • U.S. Department of Justice. Civil Rights Division. Disability Rights Section (http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/drs/drshome.php)
    The DRS seeks to provide equal opportunities to citizens with disabilities. The site features links to questions about ADA, a guide to various disability rights acts, online news, and enforcing ADA.

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PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

  • Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html)
    This site is sponsored by Medline Plus and has consumer information on a comprehensive listing of drug information and supplements and herbs. Links to the Food and Drug Administration and MEDLINE/PubMed are provided.
  • National Institute of Mental Health: Medications (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/mental-health-medications/index.shtml)
    This is an online booklet is designed to help mental health patients and their families understand how and why medications can be used as part of the treatment of mental health problems.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (http://www.fda.gov/cder/)
    This site features links to major medications information, prescription drug information, and legislation and regulation pertaining to pharmaceutical drugs. Featured links and publications in Spanish are provided.

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STATISTICAL RESOURCES

  • FedStats (http://www.fedstats.gov/)
    Provides easy access to statistics produced by more than 100 U.S. federal government agencies. Divided by topic, state and agencies. References include the following online titles: Statistical Abstract of the United States; State and Metropolitan Area Data Book; Health, United States; National Transportation Statistics; and Energy Information Administration's Monthly Energy Review.
  • National Center for Health Statistics (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/)
    A rich source of information about America's health. As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, statistical information is compiled to guide actions and policies to improve the health of Americans.
  • National Juvenile Court Data Archive (http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/njcda/)
    The National Juvenile Court Data Archive (Archive) houses the automated records of cases handled by courts with juvenile jurisdiction. The Archive was established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, within the U.S. Department of Justice, to promote access to automated juvenile court data sets for juvenile justice research and policymaking efforts. This web site was developed to inform researchers about the available data sets and the procedures for use and access.
  • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (http://www.oecd.org/)
    OECD has a global outreach through 30 member countries and an active relationship with 70 other countries. This site is best known for its publications and statistics. It covers economic and social issues, education, development and science and innovation. A PowerPoint presentation is available.
  • Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics (http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/)
    Published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, this online book presents data collected from more than 100 sources, displayed in over 600 tables and organized into six topical sections including crimes and victims, and arrest and seizures. Tables are displayed separately in Adobe® Acrobat and spreadsheet formats. This site is updated regularly as new statistics become available. (2003, 31st ed.)
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/)
    Produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, this resource provides statistical tables and charts covering various aspects of social, political, and economic life. Emphasis is on the United States, but some tables cover regions, states, cities, and comparative international statistics. (2009, 128th ed.)
  • United States Census 2000 (http://www.census.gov/)
    This Census Bureau site provides on-line access to our publications, and products, and data which is divided into following categories: people, business, geography, newsroom, and special topics. Various charts and maps are available.

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE RESOURCES

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (http://www.nida.nih.gov/)
    A unit of the National Institute of Health, NIDA's mission is to advance the use of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. There are links for researchers and health professionals, parents and teachers, and students. NIDA provides numerous statistical reports and publications, including Drug Use among Racial/Ethnic Minorities.
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy (http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/index.html)
    The purpose of the White House Office of the ONDCP is to reduce illicit drug use, drug-related crime, violence, and health consequences through a national drug control program. This site has links to drug facts, prevention, treatment, and enforcement.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (http://www.samhsa.gov/)
    Provides links by topic searches to other agencies which provide information about substance abuse, mental illness and morbidity.

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WELFARE RESOURCES

  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (http://www.cfda.gov/)
    The online Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance provides access to a database of all Federal programs available. The site features types of assistance available, applying for assistance, writing grant proposals, the top 10% program list, and new programs.
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (http://www.cbpp.org/)
    This organization works at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals. This site provides links to issues, projects, and research being conducted.
  • Compilation of the Social Security Laws (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OP_Home/ssact/comp-ssa.htm)
    A product of Social Security Online, this compilation is current through January 1, 2007 and contains 2 volumes online. These laws regulate benefits to the disabled and elderly.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/)
    The Federal food assistance program provides support to needy households and to those transitioning from welfare to work. There are links to data and statistics, forms, research, and programs and services.
  • Poverty (http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/poverty.html)
    This site presents official statistics on poverty in the United States. Many charts and tables are found in links to the overview, publications, poverty thresholds, and macrodata access. Publications are available in HTML or PDF format.
  • Social Security Online (http://www.ssa.gov/)
    This site provides information on retirement, Medicare, disability and SSI, and help for widows, widowers and other survivors. Social security and Medicare cards can be replaced online and personal benefits information can be viewed.
  • Supplemental Security Income (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/index.htm)
    SSI is an income supplement program funded by general tax revenues not Social Security taxes and is designed to help aged, blind, and people with disabilities. This site provides links to eligibility standards, application process, other resources, and the Spanish version.
  • US Department of Labor. Employment and Training Administration (http://www.doleta.gov/)
    This site provides information on programs, assistance, and training opportunities for employers and employees
  • Welfare Law: an Overview (http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/index.php/Welfare)
    This site has links to a public-access law dictionary and law encyclopedia. It is sponsored and hosted by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School (http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/).

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Written by Subject Specialist Irene Robinson Revised March 13, 2013