Advocacy

NASW President volunteers at U.S.-Mexico border to help detained migrant mothers and children

NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann (right) and NASW New Jersey team mates Paul Cataldo and Sandy Ortega before boarding their flight to return home.

By Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW President, National Association of Social Workers The Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP) is a local partner in the Immigration Justice Campaign. Its mission is to serve the immigrant mothers and children detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX. DPBP operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that ... Read More »

Circuit Court rules in favor of transgender students who NASW supported

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The 9th Circuit court on February 12 issued its decision in the case, Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School Dist. No. 2.  The court ruled in favor of transgender students’ rights to be safe in schools. The Court correctly ruled that the Oregon school’s policy that allows transgender students, and all students, to use bathrooms consistent with their self-identified gender ... Read More »

Behavioral Health Policy Recommendations for America’s Prisons and Jails

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By Mel Wilson, NASW Senior Policy Consultant Increasingly, U.S. criminal justice systems have become the first responders to individuals living with mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD). More than ever, jails and prisons are expected to provide appropriate services and treatment for the growing populations they serve. For that reason, the Consensus Workgroup on Behavioral Health Issues in the ... Read More »

Join Coalition on Human Needs Nov. 6 Action to Support Tax Credits for People who are Lower Income

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Please read this message from National Association of Social Workers partner, the Coalition on Human Needs, and take action! Right now, Congress is looking to add bipartisan tax legislation to the end-of-year budget package. It is imperative that if there is any tax legislation helping businesses and the rich that we also do what we can to help low-wage workers. ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief supporting LGBT people in Supreme Court discrimination cases

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined other civil rights, anti-poverty and child and family welfare organizations on an amicus brief involving U.S. Supreme Court cases that could determine whether federal anti-discrimination laws protect workers who are LGBT.  The court began hearing arguments on October 8. The cases before the U.S. Supreme court are Gerald Lynn Bostock v. Clayton County, ... Read More »

NASW Staff Attends Hearing on Capitol Hill Examining Failed Implementation of PSLF Program

Lawmakers, others discuss failures of student loan forgiveness program.

By Dina Kastner On Thursday, September 19, staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), attended an oversight hearing on implementation of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. Held by the House Education and Labor, Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee, the hearing was presided over by its chair, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-Calif.), who is also a social ... Read More »

Act Now to Increase Social Work Reimbursement!

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Thank you for your outreach last week to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding their proposed cuts in reimbursement for clinical social workers (CSWs) participating in Medicare. More than 6,000 advocates contacted CMS and expressed their concern about the harmful impact to older Americans, and social workers, of these proposed cuts. We will be updating you soon on ... Read More »

NASW Opposes Changes in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

It is estimated that 42 million Americans nationwide received SNAP benefits, which is roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population, who are poor.

By NASW Director Public Policy Sarah Christa Butts, LMSW Given the social work professions’ values and primary mission to enhance human wellbeing and help meet basic human needs, especially of people who are vulnerable and living in poverty, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes rule changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would eliminate benefits for ... Read More »

Voice your opposition now to stop Social Worker payment cuts!

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September 25, 2019 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed two reductions in reimbursement for clinical social workers (CSWs) who are Medicare providers. These proposed cuts include a four percent cut in 2020 for code revisions or a seven percent cut in 2021 to increase reimbursement for evaluation and management (E/M) services which are provided by physicians, ... Read More »

NASW Attends White House Meeting on Veterans’ Suicide

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By Anna Mangum, MSW, MPH NASW was invited to participate in a meeting last Friday, Aug. 23, at the White House to discuss the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) initiative. NASW Chief Executive Officer Angelo McClain and I attended. The meeting included Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams and key leaders from ... Read More »