Kansas City - Staff Information

Sheri Hilger, LSCSW, LCSW
Kansas City Coordinator and Clinical Director


Sheri Hilger coordinates services for the Kansas City office in addition to her role as Clinical Director for the corporate system. She began her employment with Social Work p.r.n. in 1994 and over the years has worked in various roles for the company. She enjoys her connections with social workers, clients and community agencies throughout the Kansas City area.

To discuss employment opportunities or staffing needs, Sheri can be reached at 913.648.2984 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Of Interest

Olathe School District Works to Save Student Lives

As teen suicide continues to rise, the Olathe School District is taking action to help combat this issue. Using a new tool, called SOS (Signs of Suicide) the school district is helping students score themselves to find out if they need additional help. Learn more about this great program here


Suicide Prevention Month

Did you know that in the United States, the suicide rate is almost 2.3 times as high as the homicide rate? During the month of September, our focus on suicide prevention is put forefront. As social workers, we are often handling delicate situations that revolve around these thoughts and the overall prevention of the act of suicide. Here is a great article that shares alarming facts and educates us on "Suicide Risk in Schools: What Social Workers Need To Know".


Olathe School District Hoping to Introduce Animal Therapy

With the additional stress that violence in the school is adding onto already anxious students, Olathe Schools are hoping to add a sense of calm into children's lives. A local social worker assisting two schools in the district is currently raising the money needed to provide the therapy throughout the upcoming school year. Click here to learn more. 


Recognizing the Need For School Social Workers

We encourage you to read this interview with Samantha Boatwright, a licensed clinical social worker who works with public school kids in Georgia. Those in these roles are stretched thin providing much needed mental health services to kids around the country.

In this article, Boatwright shares how she’s hoping to help families struggling to understand mental illness in children and why working with children on their mental health is crucial for development.


Why Companies Need Social Workers

Social workers can fill a variety of roles for companies, but as researchers are finding employing social workers for employees’ mental health can increase overall performance. Having social workers on staff can also help keep management’s decisions in check with ethical guidelines and evolve HR departments. Read this great article to learn more about why companies need social workers.


Updates to Missouri Licensure for Social Workers

On June 1, 2018, one of the last acts before resigning from office by Gov. Greitens was signing a variety of bills and House Bill (HB) 1719 was among them.  HB 1719 requires two (2) new additions to Missouri licensure for social workers regarding continuing education for health and mental health providers upon first being issued a license and for those that are renewing a licensing.  The bill indicates that 2 hrs. of continuing education shall be required in the areas of suicide assessment, referral, treatment, and management.  Section 324.046 is a blanket section for other disciplines that are not on a 2 yr. renewal cycle and does not apply to social work licensure, please adhere to sections 337.612 and 337.618. The State Committee for Social Work has determined that in order to implement the requirement for application and renewal; it will not take effect until 2019.  Thus, giving them time to notify licensees in the 2019 renewal cycle and to develop the form for new applications beginning in 2019.  

Licensure Application:

337.612. 1. Applications for licensure as a clinical social worker, baccalaureate social worker, advanced macro social worker or master social worker shall be in writing, submitted to the committee on forms prescribed by the committee and furnished to the applicant. The form shall include a statement that the applicant has completed two hours of suicide assessment, referral, treatment, and management training

Licensure Renewal:

337.618. Each license issued pursuant to the provisions of sections 337.600 to 337.689 shall expire on a renewal date established by the director. The term of licensure shall be twenty-four months. The committee shall require a minimum number of thirty clock hours of continuing education for renewal of a license issued pursuant to sections 337.600 to 337.689, including two hours of suicide assessment, referral, treatment, and management training.

Please watch NASW Missouri Chapter's website and email notifications for workshop opportunities at the Symposium, Conference, and in the CE Series Spring and Fall.  I am sure there will be live workshops and webinars as well as pre-recorded programs to register for as we want to make sure to assist with the new continuing education requirements for social workers.

If you would like to schedule an on-site ce program for social workers, please don't hesitate to contact the chapter office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 573.635.6965 and speak with Jennifer Engelby, Professional Development Coordinator. 


KU Part of Grant Project to Support Native American Families 

The Kansas Serves Native American Families program is a $3 million, five-year collaborative partnership between KU’s School of Social Welfare and social services at Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Sac and Fox Nation, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and potentially Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas. University of Kansas researchers are part of a grant project that will work to support Native American parents and children at risk of entering or in the child welfare system with an evidence-backed, culturally adapted parenting skills training program. Learn more here


Missouri Department of Economic Development awards $1.8 million to Help Missouri’s youth

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) approved a total of $1,829,040 to strengthen programs across the state that encourage positive development among Missouri's youth. The Youth Opportunities Program was created to broaden and strengthen opportunities for positive development and participation in community life for youth (21 years old and under), and to discourage youth from engaging in criminal and violent behavior. Learn more here. 
  

KCPD Expands Social Work Program

The KCMO Police Department has recently announced plans to expand the number of social workers assisting officers. Each of the six patrol divisions will now have a social worker on staff to interact with those in need. 


Kansas budget proposal to include $16.5 million increase for child welfare services

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer announced Monday that the administration will seek a $16.5 million funding increase over two years to bolster child welfare services at the Department for Children and Families. Colyer listed several areas where the new funds would be focused, including the hiring of 20 additional child welfare staff; the hiring of investigative staff to help track down missing children; fingerprinting and background checks for foster care providers; improvements to a center where people can report suspected abuse and neglect; and more funding for family-preservation programs that are designed to prevent at-risk children from being taken into foster care.


Social Work Takes More Than A Good Heart

The state of Kansas has recently faced a decline in experienced social workers. This shortage has caused meaningful positions to be filled by those unqualified to make the correct decisions for children in need. Becky Fast, Executive Director of the Kansas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers explains further in this insightful article.  


Clinical Supervision Available

If you are a social worker seeking clinical supervision to obtain your LSCSW or LCSW in Kansas and/or Missouri, feel free to contact Sheri Hilger, Clinical Director/Kansas City Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about our Supervision Program. We currently have openings for both group and individual supervision. 


NASW Issues Amended Code of Ethics

On August 4, 2017, the Delegate Assembly of the National Association of Social Workers approved a number of significant amendments to the NASW Code of Ethics. These changes, the first since 2008, will go into effect January 1, 2018. It is expected that the new Code will be online (www.socialworkers.org) by late October, and print copies can be pre-ordered from NASW Press, available November 1.

The changes to the Code include some of the most significant changes since the 1996 version was approved. Professional social workers need to keep up to date on the changes to the Code, not only to avoid malpractice, but also to promote the highest standards of ethics in their everyday practice.

Get a head start on understanding the changes to the code of ethics by attending a 3-hr workshop- “Ethics for 2017 & Beyond”- on Saturday, December 9, 2017 presented by Grey Endres, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW with Lifeworks Family Treatment Group. Click here for additional details


KU School of Social Welfare Receives Grant From HRSA
 
We are excited to share the news that the KU School of Social Welfare has received a four year grant award from HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) to offer an Integrated Health Scholars Program. This program will build upon the existing Behavioral Health Scholars Program and will support efforts to increase the number of social work professionals working in rural communities throughout Kansas. 
 
With this grant, 112 clinical MSW students will receive specialized training in integrated behavioral health practice to better serve those in need throughout the state.