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Kyle Hillman

From the Pen of NASW-Nevada's Executive Director Kyle Hillman





Legislative Session 2023: Your Membership Dollars at Work!


NASW is a collective of social workers pooling resources and time together to advocate for the profession and for your clients. Without your volunteer time and financial support, none of this work is possible.


This upcoming session could be one of the most consequential sessions for Nevada social workers in quite some time. Which is why we are ecstatic to relay to you that NASW-Nevada is once again returning to Carson City. Thanks to your membership dues we have contracted Tessyn (Tess) Opferman from Pinyon Public Affairs to represent us at the state capital. Tess will be working directly with our team to identify issues and legislation that are important to the social work profession and our clients.


For your social work collective to succeed this session we need your help. How can you get more involved in advocacy with your association?


Here is how:


Join the Legislative Committee: NASW-Nevada Committee Volunteer ( - Members Only



Submit Action Alerts: Action Center ( (All NASW-NV members will be automatically added to the action alert system, please feel free to share with other nonmember social workers.) - Open to Members and Non-Members.



Join the NASW-Nevada Advisory Board: 23-25 NASW-Nevada Advisory Board Application ( - Members Only



About NASW-Nevada's Lobbying Firm


Tessyn Opferman

Government Affairs Manager

Pinyon Public Affairs


Tess is a Native Nevadan set on making the Silver State a better place by passing strong policy that supports marginalized populations. Upon graduation from Wellesley College, Tess returned to Reno, NV to work as a field organizer during a critical presidential election. She built political knowhow and the resilience required to work in the rough-and-tumble political landscape. Making connections and building relationships landed her a job with the Lockard Group, where she started work with nonprofits and labor unions. 


In 2021, Tess assumed her own clients including the Nevada Women’s Lobby, AFSCME retirees, and the Human Services Network. Some of the legislative priorities she has been involved in include pay equity and paid time off, access to affordable healthcare and mental healthcare, affordable housing, and support of a revenue stream to fund critical programs in the state. Some notable successes include raising the minimum wage, expanding access to birth control by allowing pharmacies to distribute birth control medication, raising the marriage license to fund programs that support victims of domestic violence, and creating an employment board for home care workers focused on raising Medicaid reimbursement rates and passing policies to ensure employers rather than employees cover costly training requirements. She brought her talent and client portfolio to Pinyon Public Affairs in 2022 and is preparing for the 82nd Legislative Session, focusing on policies that ensure all Nevadans have equal and fair access to critical services, a living wage, safe and secure housing, and protection from all forms of violence.

2022 Nevada Chapter Awards!


All nominees must be current residents or practice in the state of Nevada.


-Social Worker of the Year

-Public Citizen of the Year

-Lifetime Achievement Award

-Emerging Leader of the Year

-Professor of the Year*


Social Worker of the Year: An NASW-Nevada Chapter member in good standing who: reflects the values espoused in our NASW-Nevada Chapter Mission Statement; promotes the NASW to the public and advocates for the population social work serves; represents the highest ethical standards of social work as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics; contributes to the improvement of the social fabric in tangible and intangible ways; takes risks and enlists public support for improved human services. Must be licensed in social work and work/reside in the state of Nevada.


Lifetime Achievement Award: An NASW-Nevada Chapter member in good standing who: has accomplished stellar successes in his/her social work career which have enhanced the profession, supported clients, upheld social work values, and advocated for the betterment of all people. Must have previously been licensed in social work and work/reside in the state of Nevada.


Public Citizen of the Year: A non-social worker who: exemplifies the social work profession with outstanding service to individuals served by social workers; reflects the highest ethical standards in his/her field of endeavor; takes risks and enlists public support for improved human services; advocates for and contributes to the public’s awareness of social problems. Must reside/work in the state of Nevada.


Emerging Leader: Emerging leaders are “early” career social workers who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, expertise, and dedication to the profession in the state of Nevada, whose contributions enhance practice knowledge and/or the capacity of the profession and the human service to obtain resources and influence. They have all demonstrated excellence in a variety of areas, including public or nonprofit agency-based practice, policy/legislative advocacy, academia, resource development, and administration. Must reside/work in the state of Nevada.


Professor of the Year:

All nominees must be a current resident or teaching at a social work program in Nevada.


You must be an NASW student member to nominate a professor for this award. Self-nominations will not be accepted.


The award recipient must:

Make a demonstrable difference in social work education in Nevada

Contribute to a positive image for the social work profession and social work education

Currently employed by a higher institution located in Nevada.


PLEASE NOTE: The chapter is committed to diversity among award recipients. Nominations MUST be submitted using this online nomination form. We will be contacting your nominee for additional information. You are encouraged to work closely with your nominee to complete the nomination.


Previous award recipients are not eligible for nomination (in the same award category); however, past nominees may be nominated again.


*Nomination process for Professor of the Year will take place separately, nominated by NASW Student Members only.



NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 31st, 2023


Nevada Social Work Awards 2022

Professor of the Year 2022

Call for nomination for 2023-2025


NASW-Nevada is a collective of social workers pooling resources and time to advocate for the profession and our issues critical to our clients. At all levels your voice and time are what drives your association.


The Chapter is currently looking for candidates interested in serving on the NASW Nevada Chapter Board. The Chapter Advisory Board is your voice for chapter priorities, policy, and educational direction. The Chapter Advisory Board serves as a strategic partner with the Chapter Executive Director in setting the strategic plan and serves as a critical resource to inform the Chapter on issues important to Nevada social workers.


Positions that are up for election for July 1, 2023 start date are:

• Secretary (two-year term)*

• Member at Large (two-year term)

• North Region District Chair (two-year term)

• MSW Student Representative (one-year term)

• BSW Student Representative (one-year term)



*indicates Executive Committee Member


You will need to be an NASW member in good standing at the time of application and maintain throughout your term to serve on the Board. Student Representatives must be enrolled in an accredited social work program in Nevada for the 2023-2024 school year. Regional representatives must reside or work in the region that they represent.


Priority for slating will be given to applicants who have previously served on an NASW Chapter Advisory Board for Executive Committee. Absent applicants with previous NASW Chapter Board experience other candidates will be considered.


Priority for slating of the Member at Large will be given to member applicants who reside outside of the Reno or Las Vegas area. In the absence of candidates from outside the mentioned areas, other candidates will be considered from within those areas.


For 2023-2024 priority for slating of the BSW Student Representative will be given to candidates from UNLV and priority for slating of the MSW Student Representative will be given to candidates from UNR. In the absence of enough qualified candidates from the priority location, other candidates will be considered.


Please Note: There is NO monetary requirement you must raise to serve on the NASW-NV Board of Directors, however, there is an expectation of volunteer time.


Applications must be submitted by April 21st, 2023. We encourage you to apply early, so members of the committee can reach out to you if there is anything they would need to follow up on.

Apply for Consideration

Committee/Task Forces 2022-2023


The NASW-Nevada Chapter seeks volunteers in every part of the state to volunteer on chapter committees or task forces to support events and chapter priorities.

NASW is your association. Why not take advantage of all the opportunities it has to offer? Within each of our regions are ongoing leadership opportunities, CEU workshops, and networking events organized just for you. NASW-Nevada is your networking link to what’s going on in your community and the social work profession at large. This is your professional organization—make the most of your membership, and get involved!

Consider joining one of the many committees and task forces within the NASW-Nevada Chapter.


For 2022-2023 they include:

  • Social Work Networking North Committee - help plan and organize networking events for the northern region with the Northern District Chair. In formation*


  • Social Work Networking South Committee - help plan and organize networking events for the southern region with the Southern District Chair. In formation*


  • Conference Committee - assists in education review, promotes the event, and solicit sponsor/exhibitors. In formation*


  • Rural/Frontier Committee - standing committee tasked with looking for ways to better integrate rural social workers into the association. Currently Active.


  • Legislative Session Review Committee - reviews upcoming legislative issues and session legislation for discussion and possible chapter involvement and/or action. In formation*


  • Racial Equity Committee - standing committee tasked with reviewing current issues around racial equity. Currently Active.


  • Membership and Community Outreach Committee - standing committee to work with community partners to further recruit members and inform the social work profession on NASW activities. Currently Active.


  • ASWB Testing Task Force - time-limited task force charged with reviewing the ASWB testing results report and recommending to the board possible chapter action. In formation*


*Committees that are designated as "in formation" are committees that are currently not meeting but in which the association will be launching when needed or the applicable time period arrives. Committees marked "currently active", are currently meeting and have a formal charge.


Additional opportunities and task forces may be added throughout the year as needed by the Board of Directors. Updated opportunities will be reflected on the NASW-NV website and via email news blasts.


If you're interested in serving on one of these advisory groups, please complete an NASW-Nevada Committee Volunteer interest form.


Upcoming Committee Meetings!


  • Rural/Frontier Social Work Committee - Second Tuesday of every month, 5:00 PM
  • Racial Equity Committee - Second Monday every month, 6:00 PM


Email to Join the meetings!


Committee Updates:

Rural/Frontier Committee:

Actively seeking additional members!

Formed in early 2020 with a mission to engage social work professionals that are living or working in rural areas to identify their unique needs, increase chapter support, make recommendations to the NASW Nevada Board, and facilitate communication with colleagues that are in the urban areas as well as our community partners.  

In addition to the opportunity to network and engage with social workers throughout the state, our current activities include a rural community assessment project, a CEU workshop focused on the concerns of social workers that are in rural areas, and tracking the infrastructure bill. You do not need to be a member of NASW to join this committee if you are a rural social worker! Nonmembers will serve as advisory members of the committee.

If you'd like to join the committee please complete this form: NASW-Nevada Committee Volunteer ( Questions can be sent to

Advocacy Alerts


As the NASW-Nevada Chapter ramps up for what could be a difficult legislative session next year, we encourage you to subscribe to our action alert email system.


Action alerts are quick email alerts that allow you to submit comments and email/letters of position on legislation/policy being considered in Nevada.


All NASW-Nevada members are automatically subscribed using the email on file. You do NOT have to be a member of NASW (or even a social worker) to subscribe to our alerts - you just have to be willing to advocate for social work issues and values.


To subscribe or subscribe with a different email click: Action Center (


In the right-hand side column under "Sign Up for Alerts", enter your email address and zip code and click the grey arrow.


Complete the additional information on page two and click submit.


Please share this subscribe link with your colleagues and friends whom you feel might be interested in receiving alerts.

Your Nevada Chapter Presents:








Intro to Trauma-Informed Care

Therapists interact with survivors of trauma every day and the effects of secondary trauma can have long-lasting impacts. This Intro to Trauma Informed Care training will support therapists in applying a trauma-informed approach to navigate both personal and professional life challenges.

This program will also help therapists walk away with tools to reduce the effects of secondary trauma and burnout in the field of mental and behavioral health. Participants will leave with simple effective tools to help clients and themselves build resilience and emotional regulation skills.


  • Date: January 20th at 12-2 pm
  • Venue: Zoom
  • Presenter: Becca Odom LCSW, E-RYT 200 is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Yoga Teacher with over a decade of experience in the mental health and wellness field. Becca specializes in combining Somatic Approaches with EMDR for trauma recovery. She primarily works with women who have experienced trauma, chronic stress and anxiety. Her passion is to empower others to heal themselves and she specializes in anxiety, trauma recovery and stress management.


  • Cost: 2 CEUs / $25 Nonmember / $15 NASW Member/ Free for students (no CEUs)


Sign up here:

Licensing changes coming in 2023:

As of January 1, 2023, ALL licensees must complete two (2.0) CEUs in Cultural Competency, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion during their CEU collection cycle. These CEUs are an addition to the mandated CEUs on suicide prevention that you upload with your renewals now. Read the Approved content for Diversity CEUs


Your Nevada chapter is here to help!

Check out some of the on-demand classes that meet this new requirement!


A Conversation About Healing Racism

This Northeastern District cultural competency CEU Virtual Training will explore and discuss how racism has shaped our personal and professional lives.


Credit(s):1.5 CEU

Course Number: IL20200715

Duration:1 hour 26 minutes

Access: Available for 5 months after purchase

Non-Member $38.00 - Member $23.00


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Suicide Prevention: Black Youth Lives Matter Too!

In the last several decades, suicide attempts among black adolescents has increased by 73% while attempts among white youth have decreased. Why aren't we sounding the alarm and doing more to raise awareness of this crisis? During this workshop, we will discuss the additional challenges faced by black youth, explore strategies to break down barriers, increase cultural competency amongst providers and the role of racial socialization as a protective strategy in reducing suicide attempts amongst black youth.


Credit(s): 3 SuicideDiversity / Social & Cultural Competence

Course Number: NYS20220819

Original Program Date: August 19, 2022

Duration:2 hours 47 minutes

Access: Available for 5 months after purchase

Non-Member $75.00 - Member $30.00


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LGBTQ+ Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: “Somewhere” Over the Rainbow"

The National Institutes of Health have designated sexual and gender minorities (SGM), also known as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, Two-Spirit, intersex, and other people.

The National Institutes of Health have designated sexual and gender minorities (SGM), also known as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, Two-Spirit, intersex, and other people who do not “fit” within the traditional heteronormative binaries as health disparate populations. SGM experience significantly higher rates of mood, anxiety, and behavioral/substance use disorders, suicidality among other mental health issues. Emerging evidence indicates that SGM also have significantly higher rates of some chronic health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes. In this presentation, Dr. Hoy-Ellis will share how past and ongoing marginalization, exclusion, and discrimination are the ‘causes of these health conditions through the framework of the Health Equity Promotion Model. He will also offer key strategies for providing culturally sensitive, effective services for SGM, from adolescence through older adulthood.


Credit(s):1.5 Ethics

Course Number: UT20220322-5

Duration:1 hour 26 minutes

Access: Available for 5 months after purchase

Non-Member $25.00 Member $15.00 Student $10.00


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Cultural Diversity, Cultural Competence, and Ethical Social Work Practice

The United States of the 21st century is a patchwork land of many cultures: racial, ethnic, religious, geographic, gender, age, and even physical status. Each culture has its own worldview, relationship guidelines, family structure, spiritual mindsets, and values. In their work, social workers inevitably encounter persons from cultures different from their own, and these differences can be challenging obstacles to effective, ethical practice.

The values of the profession, as articulated in the NASW Code of Ethics, ask us to honor the dignity and worth of our clients, to respect their autonomy, and to practice competently. The ethical mandate of competence includes what has been called “Cultural Competence”.

We will address the idea that some situations may make ethical competence impractical or impossible, and approaches to these situations. We will also address the benefit, when working cross-culturally, of maintaining an attitude of humility and interest in other cultures.


Credit(s):1.5 Clinical

1.5 Ethics

Course Number: VT20210317

Duration:1 hour 30 minutes

Access: Available for 6 months after purchase

Non-Member $35.00 - Member $25.00


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Historical Trauma in Tribal Cultures: What Social Workers Need to Know

Presented by Sarah Deer, J.D.

In this webinar, participants will learn about historical trauma and why it matters to social workers. The workshop presenter will provide historical background on tribal

communities in the United States and how historical trauma manifests itself in contemporary settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what is meant by the phrase “historical trauma”
  • Learn about important areas of knowledge about Native people, including diversity, history, culture, and contemporary realities
  • Discuss some differences between some native cultures and Judeo-Christian cultures.
  • Describe several protective factors that support the resilience of Native people. 

Credit(s):1.5 Social & Cultural Competence

Course Number: WI-2020-AC-DeerHistoricalTrauma

Original Program Date: October 24, 2019Duration:1 hour 16 minutes

Access: Available for 5 months after purchase

 Non-Member - $52.00

 Member - $37.00

 Member-Retired/Student/Unemployed - $30.00


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Member Benefit Highlight: Nevada MyNASW


Many of you may know about the National MyNASW Community, an online forum to connect with other NASW members throughout the country. Did you know that the NASW-NV Chapter has their own private board just for members in Nevada?


This was a project brought to us from the Rural Task Force to create a space for all Nevada members who are social workers (and student members) to be able to reach out to each other, engage with the community and get your questions answered. Please feel free to bring up topics that are important to you and those for which you may need feedback. Do you need a referral for a client? What about a question on a certain methodology or service. The Nevada MyNASW board is your tool to reach members across the state. You can even email them securely directly through the website.


Access to this online forum is included in your NASW membership. All you must do is log in to the MyNASW forum (login is the same as the member profile login on the national site) and then go to Chapter Communities and click on Nevada!


Click here!


Please note: Advertising products or services is not allowed on MyNASW Nevada board including non-NASW CEU events and job listings. Also NASW-Nevada takes allegations of hostile conduct/harassment seriously, any use of MyNASW board to harass another member will result in loss of privileges to use the board and referral to NASW ethics review.

Highlighting some benefits of being a member of NASW!


Discounts for Your Personal Life!


NASW Group Insurance Program

The NASW Group Insurance Program offers coverage to fit your needs at affordable rates. Make the most of your NASW membership with these benefits that are available to you as an NASW member: liability insurance, auto and home insurance, life and disability insurance, and more.

NASW Assurance Services, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NASW, responsible for designing, securing, and overseeing high-quality, competitive insurance, financial, and other programs and services offered to social workers and behavioral health professionals.

Visit NASW Assurance Services to enroll


Savi Student Loan Tool

NASW advocates for loan forgiveness for social workers as part of its ongoing work to improve working conditions and support social work professionals. We know that managing your student loans as a social worker comes with unique challenges. NASW partners with Savi, a student loan technology company providing resources and expertise for members to understand, manage and repay student loan debt.

The free Savi Student Loan Tool analyzes repayment options and forgiveness programs to help borrowers find their best solution. Savi can also provide fee-based digital enrollment and support, discounted for NASW members.

Learn more about Savi


Identity Theft:


You could miss certain identity threats by just monitoring your credit. LifeLock sees more†, like if your personal information is sold on the dark web. And if there’s a problem, LifeLock will work to fix it. NASW members get 30 days FREE and 20% off their first year of LifeLock identity theft protection.*

Sign up with LifeLock online or call 1-800-LifeLock (1-800-543-3562). Use promo code NASW3.

* Terms apply.

† LifeLock does not monitor all transactions at all businesses.

‡ Reimbursement and Expense Compensation, each with limits of up to $25,000 for Standard, up to $100,000 for Advantage and up to $1 million for Ultimate Plus. And up to $1 million for coverage for lawyers and experts if needed, for all plans. Benefits provided by Master Policy issued by United Specialty Insurance Company, Inc. (State National Insurance Company, Inc. for NY State members). Policy terms, conditions and exclusions at



Travel Savings Center

NASW members have access to exclusive travel savings via the Travel Savings Center (TSC), from car rentals, hotels, and entertainment ticketing discounts to condos, villas, cruises, guided tours, and group travel packages. 

Find exclusive savings from brands like Avis/Budget, Wyndham, Collette, and member-exclusive hotel discount aggregators. 

Check back often for new providers and promotions. Whether you simply want to get from here to there or make your dream vacation a reality, NASW members have all the tools right at your fingertips.

Discounts include:

  • Avis/Budget
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Motel 6, Hotel Engine
  • TSC Hotels+
  • TSC Tickets+
  • TripPlanet (airfare & hotel discounts)


Visit the Travel Savings Center >>


Hotel Discounts!

Choice Hotels International

NASW members can save 15% on over 6,000 Choice Hotels properties worldwide, including participating Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Quality®, Sleep Inn®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge® and Rodeway Inn® brands and Cambria Suites® and Ascend Collection®.

Visit or call 800-258-2847 and reference the Special Rate Identification 00801690.

Sign up for the Choice Privileges® rewards program to start earning points towards free nights or flights in addition to your benefit!


Car Rental Discounts!

Alamo Rent-a-Car

Phone: 1-800-354-2322

Discount ID: #276980

Hertz Car Rental

Phone: 1-800-654-2200

Discount ID: #1432805

National Car Rental

Phone: 1-800-227-7368

Discount ID: #5130759

Planning for Medicaid Unwinding in 2023

The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) is expected to end in early 2023, ending the continuous enrollment requirement in Medicaid and CHIP. State Medicaid and CHIP agencies will start the redetermination process for all enrollees when the PHE ends. This is a critical time for social workers to help individuals and families anticipate the redetermination process that will happen in the months ahead. This blog is intended to provide an overview of unwinding and strategies that social workers can use to help reduce coverage losses.


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News to highlight!


Grand Challenges for Social Work: Eliminating Racism Becomes 13th Challenge as Initiative Evolves: When the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative was launched in 2016, there were 12 challenges addressing critical social issues in society. At that time, it was thought that eliminating racism was a part of all 12 challenges, so that issue did not have its own challenge. All that changed in 2020, when the initiative’s leadership added a 13th challenge: The Grand Challenge to Eliminate Racism. Full article:


Black patients face barriers to palliative care

Karen Bullock, a professor and licensed clinical social worker, wants care for Black people who are seriously ill to be more equitable, as they are less likely to receive palliative care than white people. A lack of culturally competent care and trust in the health care system are two barriers to palliative care that Bullock has identified. Full Story:



Inflation and Social Work: Advocacy, Empowerment, Resources Can Help Struggling Clients

Gwen Bouie-Haynes, Ph.D., LMSW, executive director of NASW’s Mississippi Chapter, said her staff has been working with community organizations and in underserved areas to address the rental assistance needs of tenants because of the COVID-19 pandemic, evictions, and the increased cost of living.

“It has empowered people to really advocate for their communities, to really advocate for themselves, to know what the resources are,” she said.

“This is an opportunity for social workers to seize the moment, if you will, to impact change,” said Bouie-Haynes. “As a social work profession, we need to be louder now more than ever.” Full Article:



2022 EPAS and Licensing Exam Pass Rates

CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation has made the decision to remove licensing exam pass rates from the 2022 EPAS accreditation standards. This change reinforces the 2022 EPAS’ emphasis on anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, which supports social work education programs in developing a workforce of social workers who are knowledgeable about the ways positionality, power, privilege, and difference affect all levels of practice. Full Article:




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The chapter replaced its previous phone system with one that is more reliable and provides the organization with a more responsive tool so we can respond to member inquiries quicker.


The NEW Chapter telephone/fax number is: (725) 715-9596


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On-Demand CEU Education:


NASW is committed to helping social workers meet their professional development needs. Social Work Online CE Institute houses hundreds of on-demand titles produced by the NASW Chapters and National Office, and, for your ease of mind, uses the same NASW login to access the Institute and all your training history. NASW members can access both free CEs and CEs at discounted rates! Not a member of NASW yet? No worries, nonmembers can also purchase titles (at the nonmember rate).


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Pain Management: Differentiation Between Physiological Dependency and Substance Use Disorder. Prevention and Intervention



Social Work Ethics & Roe v Wade Supreme Court Decision

  • Credit(s):2 Ethics
  • Course Number: NJ20220727 
  • Duration:1 hour 47 minutes
  • Access: On Demand: Available for 3 months after purchase


Addressing Suicide From the Person-in-Environment and Social Justice Perspectives

Suicide may be one of the most challenging issues that social workers address in our professional careers.

  • Credit(s):1.5 Suicide Prevention
  • Presenter: David Derezotes LCSW, Ph.D.
  • Course Number: UT20220322-7
  • Duration:1 hour 24 minutes
  • Access: On Demand: Available for 5 months after purchase




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