Advocacy

NASW Combats Troubling Business Practice Harming Social Workers and their Clients

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In July, many NASW members alerted their state chapters to a disturbing and potentially deceptive marketing practice impacting social workers nationwide — involving CareDash, a healthcare review and referral website for a wide variety of healthcare providers, including clinical social workers. CareDash has been posting the profiles of thousands of social workers — without their consent or knowledge — in ... Read More »

NASW Member Voices: Money in Politics Increasingly Benefits Wealthy, Special Interests

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By Dr. Jessica Hare, BSW, MSW, DSW American Promise joined forces with the National Association of Social Workers and Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy on June 27, 2022 for a conversation on “The Power of Political Social Work.” Social workers witness how the influence of money in politics is shaping and reinforcing systems that increasingly benefit wealthy donors ... Read More »

NASW, other organizations win legal victory over Massachusetts employee rights ballot initiative

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  along with the National Women’s Law Center and 24 other groups on April 12, 2022 filed an amicus brief in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the matter of El Koussa v Massachusetts, challenging the constitutionality of a Massachusetts ballot initiative filed with the state attorney general by Uber, Lyft, Doordash, and Insta-Cart. The ... Read More »

Mobilizing Social Work’s Vision and Voice through Voting

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Social workers have a long tradition of social justice and political advocacy – to include working to expand and protect voting rights and promote voter registration. Our essential work on behalf of protecting voting rights is needed now more than ever. The right to vote was hard won and still remains tenuous for historically vulnerable and under-represented communities. More than ... Read More »

NASW Observes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Month

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June 2022 NASW recognizes June as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. PTSD impacts millions of people in the United States. “According to the National Center for PTSD, a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about seven or eight of every 100 people will experience PTSD in their lifetime.”1  Although PTSD has commonly been associated with the military and ... Read More »

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Transitions to 988

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As America faces a mental health crisis, the need for suicide prevention services is more imperative than ever. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is ranked as the second primary cause of death in young people among the ages of 10 to 34 and the tenth most frequent cause of death in the United States. Since 1999, ... Read More »

NASW Continues to Advocate for Student Loan Debt Relief

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continues to advocate for student loan debt-relief for social workers and to improve existing debt-relief programs such as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Unfortunately, programs such as PSLF have been wrought with endemic challenges, making it difficult for social workers especially to access debt relief—even after satisfying all of this program’s ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief that helps bring favorable ruling for female employee in case involving harassment, discrimination in federal court

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and 41 other public interest and civil rights organizations on Aug. 26, 2021 committed to gender justice and participated in an amicus brief led by the Purple Campaign, National Women’s Law Center, and Legal Momentum in support of Jane Roe v. United States et. al. (now Caryn Devins Strickland v. United States et. ... Read More »