The author combines 36 years experience as a front line Chief Medical Social Worker and Child Welfare Worker with 24 years as a consumer of many of the programs described in the book. The publication includes primarily factual reference material that is used daily by all Social Workers... employed in a medical or psychiatric setting.
Chapters include Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, Home Health and Hospice, Nursing Home Placement, Hospital Indemnity Insurance, Utility Assistance Programs, Talking Book, State Medicaid Programs, Ethics, Congress and the Supreme Court, Veterans Benefits and the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
A separate section on Ethics is included that contains the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics as well as Federal Employee Code of Ethics. There are several State by State comparisons of programs not found in any other Social Work Publication. Most of the information is current, including the 2002 Federal Poverty Guidelines. A listing of key Federal Government Officials, Congressmen and U.S. Senators. Throughout the book the author challenges Social Workers to be informed, creative and able.
John Webb grew up in the oilfields of West Texas where he worked as a youth. He served in the U.S. Navy as a deckhand. He began his career in Social Work in 1965 as a Child Welfare Worker. He earned his MSW from Our Lady of the Lake in 1968. He worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Medical Social Worker for 30 years, 20 of which he was a Chief of Social Work Service. He received numerous awards and frequent recognition for programs of excellence.
He and his wife, Bonnie, moved to Puerto Vallarta Mexico two years ago. Together they have 4 children and eight grandchildren. Daughter Christy is presently working on her MSW. John operates the website medical-social-work.com. He is also an apprentice sculptor at La Cantera Workshop in the Island Cuale.