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NASW urges members, organizations to oppose Trump Administration’s proposed lowering of poverty line

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The Trump Administration has proposed changes that will lower the federal poverty line. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is requesting comments, before June 21st. Submit comments with OMB. The poverty line is adjusted each year for inflation. The poverty line is extremely important for some of the clients who social workers serve because it is used to determine ... Read More »

Connecticut passes social work title protection bill

The six social workers who are members of the Connecticut House and Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, who is chair of the Public Health Committee, pose after the social work title protection bill passed. In the photo (from left to right): Reps. Toni Walker, Rick Lopes, Pat Wilson Pheanious, Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Jillian Gilcrest, Jonathan Steinberg and Anne Hughes. McCarthy Vahey and Gilchrest are members of NASW.

  The Connecticut Legislation on June 5 passed a social work title protection bill that the National Association of Social Workers Connecticut Chapter had worked to achieve. The bill will protect the use of the title social worker to BSWs, MSWs and Doctorate degrees in social work. It grandfathered in municipal workers and exempted state agencies due to collective bargaining. Most ... Read More »

Congressional briefing to bring together social work, mental health experts on need to end gun violence

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Gun violence has become an epidemic in our nation. Every year more than 7,700 children and teens are shot, and more than 36,000 people die from gun violence, according to the Brady campaign to end gun violence. Social workers and mental health professionals play a critical role in helping schools and communities prevent violence. These experts are coming to Capitol ... Read More »

Today is Children’s Memorial Flag Day

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This month, in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the National Association of Social Workers today is commemorating Children’s Memorial Flag Day. Each year, a national day of remembrance is set aside to honor and remember children who have lost their lives in the last year due to violence and preventable causes of death. Across the country, child advocates and ... Read More »

Sen. Kaine introduces bills to strengthen child welfare workforce, prevent mistreatment of LGBTQ youth

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) supports legislation introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) today that would strengthen the nation’s child welfare system and help prevent mistreatment of youth who are LGBTQ. Kaine’s Child Welfare Workforce Support Act would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to do a five-year pilot program to focus on the best ways to reduce barriers ... Read More »

Social Workers offering aid, resources to people affected by floods in Nebraska, South Dakota

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  From Terry Werner, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers Nebraska Chapter: The Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is here to help residents recover from one of the greatest disasters in the state’s history. We have seen first-hand and through photographs the incomprehensible devastation many people have experienced. In days ahead we expect more power ... Read More »

Lawmaker introduces bill to reduce workplace violence against social workers, other health care and social services workers

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Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) has introduced a bill to reduce workplace violence against health care and social services employees, including social workers. The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a standard requiring health care and social service employers to write and implement a workplace violence prevention plan ... Read More »

NASW Kentucky Chapter urges Sen. McConnell to end longest government shutdown in U.S. history

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The National Association of Social Workers Kentucky Chapter (NASW-KY) urges Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell to end the longest shutdown in U.S. history by putting the House-passed appropriations bills to vote today. NASW-KY Executive Director Brenda Rosen said:   “Ending the shutdown needs to be the number one priority for our ‘elected’ officials so we can get our citizens back to work ... Read More »

New York State Legislature Bans ‘Conversion Therapy’ for Minors

New York Legislature bans conversion therapy.

(ALBANY, NY) – The New York State Psychiatric Association, The National Association of Social Workers – New York City and New York State Chapters, The New York Society for Clinical Social Work, and The New York State Psychological Association applaud the Senate and Assembly’s passage of legislation A.576/S.1046, sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and Assembly Member Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), ... Read More »

NASW Mississippi Chapter calls for removal of Cindy Hyde-Smith from ballot for U.S. Senate

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The National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter is calling for the immediate removal of candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith from the ballot for the U. S. Senate. Hyde-Smith, a white Republican from Mississippi, was at a speaking engagement in Tupelo and responded to praise about her from host with “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the ... Read More »