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World AIDS Day 2015 –The Time to Act Is Now

On December 1st, we recognize World AIDS Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the  United States, only 87 percent  are aware of their health status.  The impact of lack of awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS remains a critical concern to social workers and allied ... Read More »

National Association of Social Workers Statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

BACKGROUND: The Syrian migrant crisis was triggered by the ongoing civil war in Syria against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Since the war began in March 2011 more than nine  million Syrians  have fled their homes. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than three million Syrians have fled to neighboring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and ... Read More »

NASW Honors Veterans Day with Resources to Help Social Workers Serve Service Members, Veterans and their Families

The National Association of Social Workers recognizes Veterans Day. We congratulate the brave men and women in our armed services and veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employs more than 12,000 social workers. In fact, the VA is the largest employer of social workers with a master’s degree. Social workers provide support to the military, veterans and their families, ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Resources for Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers strongly supports the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has brought affordable health care to millions more Americans. Open enrollment has begun and will end on Jan. 31, 2016. The Health Insurance Marketplace is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Registration can be done online, by phone, or from trained navigators in ... Read More »

In aftermath of South Carolina incident, schools should consider hiring social workers, not police

A video of School Resource Officer (SRO) in South Carolina flipping, tossing and manhandling a 16-year-old female high school student has gone viral, again raising concern and questions about the presence of police  in schools, the criminalization of certain behavior by juveniles, and racial disparities in cases of excessive use of force by law enforcement. While the Spring Valley High ... Read More »

Sen. Barbara Mikulski wishes NASW a Happy 60th Birthday!

National Association of Social Workers member Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)  today met with NASW officials to discuss various issues, including mental health, poverty, and health care, and congratulate the association on its 60th Anniversary. “The fact that it’s 60 years is pretty incredible — I really wish you happy anniversary,” Mikulski told NASW President Darrell Wheeler, PhD, ACSW, MPH; CEO ... Read More »

SAMHSA releases consensus report: “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the first federal report on the scientific and medical research behind conversion therapy. “Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth.” The report provides a consensus among experts in finding conversion therapy to be harmful and provides examples of appropriate resources and therapeutic approaches.   This seminal document will provide guidance ... Read More »

Participate in the upcoming workshop: “Addressing the Social and Cultural Norms that Underlie the Acceptance of Violence: A Workshop”

The Institute of Medicine, Forum on Global Violence Prevention on Oct. 29-30 will convene a workshop in Washington, D.C. focused on social and cultural norms and violence. The forum is comprised of a multi-sectoral group of stakeholders who are committed to reducing violence and promoting healthy development worldwide by encouraging multidisciplinary research that emphasizes the value of prevention through a ... Read More »

NASW commends lawmakers for introducing bill to improve mental health care for older Americans; update Medicare reimbursement to social workers

The National Association of Social Workers is pleased to announce Congressional social work champions introduced legislation today that will improve older Americans’ access to mental health services by updating the way the Medicare Program reimburses clinical social workers. We urge our members, the wider social work community, and allies of the social work profession to take part in activities to ... Read More »

UN entities call for end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

Twelve United Nations entities this week released an joint statement calling for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The document, “Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people,” states that all people have the equal right to live free from violence, persecution, discrimination and stigma. Aligned with ... Read More »