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NASW joins nation’s leading researchers on aging, work and family issues in calling on Congress to create paid family and medical leave

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During National Family Caregivers Month in November the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is joining the nation’s leading researchers on aging, work and family issues to send a first-of-its-kind letter to Congress urging lawmakers to address the rapidly growing demand for care. These experts are calling on Congress to quickly pass a comprehensive, inclusive national policy like the Family ... Read More »

NASW STATEMENT: Legislation, policies needed to prevent and end culture of sexual harassment, violence

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The United States over the past few weeks has been engaged in a national discussion stemming from accusations about sexual harassment and sexual assault against women. Based on reports, these acts involved egregious disregard of the human rights and dignity of women. The national outcry spoke to the fact that sexual abuse—in all forms—is an affront to all Americans, not ... Read More »

NASW closely monitoring President Trump’s actions to undermine health security for Americans, may issue action alerts

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Last week, President Trump took steps to further undermine the health security of millions of Americans by ending a critical cost sharing program for low income individuals and removing vital consumer protections on the sale of health insurance. While few observers of the health care debate are surprised by the President’s actions, most are nonetheless outraged that he went forward ... Read More »

Statement: NASW Nevada Chapter will work to meet challenges in aftermath of Las Vegas mass shooting

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Our nation grieves after yet another horrific mass shooting. This one has occurred close to home at an outdoor concert on our Las Vegas strip. The actions of a lone individual resulted in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The National Association of Social Workers Nevada Chapter offers its deepest sympathies to the victims’ families and friends, and ... Read More »

NASW ALERT: Act Now! Urge Senate to Vote No on Affordable Care Act Repeal

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Senate Majority Leader  Mitch McConnell has promised a vote next week to repeal the Affordable Care Act, if he can garner the votes needed to pass his caucus’ latest proposal. Legislation introduced just last Thursday by Senators William Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) represents Republicans’ last chance at repeal under the fast-track reconciliation rules. The latest proposal would wipe ... Read More »

Ask your Senators to Restore Funding for the HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Program

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Mental health services are an important pre-requisite for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.  The mental health practitioner’s role has become more meaningful as the complexities surrounding treatment necessitate caring for the psychological aspects of HIV care, especially as it relates to aspects such as client medication adherence. Mental health practitioners need specific training in working with HIV-affected populations.  The Substance Abuse ... Read More »

NASW ALERT: Help Pass the Dream Act

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As many of us are aware, President Trump recently made the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unless Congress passes legislation that protects the nearly 800,000 Dreamers from being deported. The president’s decision to end DACA conflicts with American values of fairness, equality and opportunity for all. President Trump has now put the ball in ... Read More »

STATEMENT: President Trump decision to rescind DACA is cruel, unwise and unjustified

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NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and will work with allied organizations and Congress to continue protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. President Trump’s decision to revoke DACA dismays us. The order is cruel, unwise ... Read More »

Voting Rights Update: Concerns about Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Photo courtesy of CBS News.

Vice President Mike Pence on July 19 chaired the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The 15-member commission is co-chaired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and commonly referred to as the Pence-Kobach Commission. The commission’s mission is to “study the registration and voting processes used in federal elections.” Specifically, President Donald Trump’s contention is ... Read More »

Urge Congress to increase funding for the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

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About three-quarters of social workers work with older adults in a wide variety of settings. Yet, only about one out of ten  of social workers specializes in aging. Social work practitioners and students can obtain training in aging through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). GWEP is authorized under Titles VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act and is ... Read More »