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NASW Applauds Senate for passing Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) congratulates the Senate this week for passing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) with sweeping bipartisan support.  This is an important and meaningful step in the nation’s efforts to address its prescription opioid and heroin public health crisis. The House of Representatives passed CARA with an overwhelming 407-5 vote.  The ... Read More »

In the uproar over police shootings, gun violence and race are children forgotten?

The tragic shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Texas have again focused the nation’s attention on race, excessive use of police force and sensible gun laws. But what about the nation’s children and gun violence? Are we overlooking them? Excluding gun-related incidents by law enforcement officers, almost 33,000 Americans die from gun violence each year. And many children are either victims ... Read More »

LGBT and Disabilities Issues, Transgender Equity, the Stonewall National Monument, and Recovery Month – An Update

The final week of Pride Month included an event at the White House, the naming of a new National Monument, a sea-change of policy at the Department of Defense. On Monday, June 27, 2016, the White House convened a White House Forum on the LGBT and Disability Issues.   Maria Town, Associate Director and Disability Community Liaison, White House Office of ... Read More »

NASW Responds to Shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Texas; again urges policing reforms

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is appalled by the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and again urges reforms that would help end racial profiling and excessive use of police force and improve relations between police and the communities they serve. It is also important that we express how deeply NASW is upset about ... Read More »

NASW applauds U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down restrictive Texas abortion clinic laws

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds the Supreme Court’s decision on June 27 to strike down Texas’ stringent laws concerning abortion clinics. The importance of the Supreme Court’s 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt should not be understated. The high court’s action conforms with and affirms prior decisions that guarantee women’s rights to control ... Read More »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016

Posted June 25, 2016 At least 5 million older adults reports experiencing abuse, neglect, or exploitation every year (Administration for Community Living, 2016, 2016)—and many more cases of elder maltreatment go unreported. Such mistreatment can manifest as neglect or self-neglect; emotional (psychological), physical, or sexual abuse; financial (or material) exploitation; and abandonment. Recognizing both the magnitude of this problem and ... Read More »

NASW disappointed by U.S. Supreme Court Immigration Ruling

    NASW STATEMENT: The U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 failed to act on deciding the fate of millions of undocumented families whose legal status had been in limbo since Texas challenged President Obama’s executive action which sought to limit the risk of deportation of parents of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The President’s executive action, referred to ... Read More »

June is Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month is commemorated through events held annually throughout June. The 2016 Pride Month will be forever remembered as a time of threats, violence and hateful rhetoric and posturing; the impact has been and will continue to be felt across communities and across the globe. Historically, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community have long been subjected to ... Read More »

Social Work Groups in Connecticut form alliance to advance, promote school social workers

The Connecticut Association of School Social Workers (CASSW) and National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut Chapter (NASW/CT) are very pleased to announce the formation of the Alliance of School Social Workers of NASW/CT. The Alliance, which has been in discussion for over a year, between CASSW and NASW/CT, creates a unified approach to the advancement and protection of school social ... Read More »