Advocacy

NASW Texas calls upon Governor Abbott to maintain mask mandate

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The National Association of Social Workers – Texas Chapter (NASW/TX) is deeply disappointed by Governor Abbott’s decision to remove the mask mandate in Texas. While the Governor does include provisions that allow counties to take additional steps should their hospitalization rates rise, illness and death should not drive our public policy.  Instead, Governor Abbott should follow the guidance of the ... Read More »

Social Work Responds from ASWB, CSWE and NASW: Social Workers are Essential and Valued

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Special Edition in honor of Social Work Month February 26, 2021 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve. Follow Up CSWE proudly recognized ... Read More »

NASW joins collaboration of mental health groups seeking to improve mental health, substance use care in United States

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined a collaboration of more than 30 mental organizations that have signed onto a Unified Vision, a seven-pillar roadmap developed to address the future of mental health and substance use care in America. “As the nation’s largest provider of mental and behavioral health services, social workers recognize that promoting improved mental health ... Read More »

Report of Police excessive use of Force on a Child is Deeply Troubling and Unacceptable

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By Melvin H. Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Consultant Social Justice and Human Rights    And Samantha Fletcher, PhD, MSW Executive Director, NASW New York State Chapter Police in Rochester, NY on Jan. 30 used pepper spray and handcuffs to subdue a nine-year-old girl. The incident leading up to this police encounter is reported to have been related to ... Read More »

Social Worker of the Year Zander Keig talks about his hopes for transgender people during Biden Administration

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Coast Guard Veteran Zander Keig, MS, MSW, LCSW, is the National Association of Social Workers Social Worker of the Year. Keig has devoted his entire career to promoting the dignity and health of people who are transgender, living with a mental illness, or serving in our nation’s military. He is currently a senior clinical consultant and is an advanced mental ... Read More »

Social Work Responds: A Vaccine Is Not a Cure

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  January 29, 2021 About Social Work Responds The Association of Social Work Boards, the Council on Social Work Education, and the National Association of Social Workers are committed to collaborating on the range of issues affecting the social work profession and the people and communities we serve. Follow Up Social workers and educators can submit proposals for CSWE’s 2021 ... Read More »

Biden-Harris Administration has ambitious immigration plan but concerns remain

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By Melvin H. Wilson, MBA, LCSW Senior Policy Consultant Social Justice and Human Rights The incoming Biden-Harris Administration’s firm commitment to immigration reform and making it one of the first issues they addressed on their first day in office is a welcome turn of events. By  all accounts, the administration has come up with an  ambitious immigration legislation plan. In addition, ... Read More »

Democrat control of Senate raises odds President-Elect Biden can get approval of legislative priorities

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  By Melvin H. Wilson, MBA, LCSW Senior Policy Consultant Social Justice and Human Rights Those of us who are elated with the outcomes of the two senatorial elections in Georgia have a truly short time to relish the victories.  Given the many crisis-level public health, economic, civil rights and political concerns confronting the Biden administration, Senators Jon Ossoff and ... Read More »

NASW Strongly Condemns Recent Police Misconduct

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By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor, Social Justice and Human Rights Within the last three weeks, two incidents of apparent police misconduct have received national attention that NASW finds to be deeply problematic. The first incident is related to the police shooting of 24-year-old Casey Goodson Jr., a Black man from Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Goodson, who was ... Read More »