Advocacy

Social Work in the News – June 4, 2009

Dear Babs: College major for a wannabe therapist? - Kansas City Star – 6/4/09 “Another way to be a therapist is to get your Masters in Social Work, or MSW. A person with a MSW can set up private practice as a therapist, but cannot prescribe medication. These therapists are often used instead of psychologists with children, families, or people ... Read More »

Ask Senate to Confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Take Action Today! President Obama has selected his nominee for Supreme Court Justice to replace retiring Justice David Souter, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. We asked you earlier this month to contact President Obama and encourage him to nominate a candidate who reflects the diversity of this country. You responded and he listened. If confirmed, Judge Sotomayor will be the first Latina ... Read More »

Urge Your Senators to Rescind the Hospice Rate Cut Regulation

ACTION NEEDED – Take action now at http://capwiz.com/socialworkers/issues/alert/?alertid=13377841 Please contact your Senators today and urge them to sign the Specter, Harkin, Roberts, and Wyden Dear Colleague letter, asking President Obama to rescind the hospice rate cut regulation. This letter is similar to the House letter being submitted to President Obama, which garnered 169 signatures under the leadership of Representatives Van ... Read More »

Send Video Advocacy Message to your Members of Congress on SWRA

On February 3, Congressman Ed Towns introduced H.R. 795 and on March 24, Senator Barbara Mikulski introduced, S. 686, the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act. This legislation will establish a Social Work Reinvestment Commission to address the future of the profession. It will also create Reinvestment Demonstration Programs to review the current state ... Read More »

Economic Recovery, Supreme Court, Loan Forgiveness

Social Work and The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 On February 13, 2009 Congress passed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on February 17.  Many provisions of the law may be of interest to Social Workers in a variety of fields.  Furthermore, as part of the Act, all departments and ... Read More »

Social Workers Speak on the Economy

Read what social workers have to say – Click here to view the PDF. Every day in their work with individuals, families and communities, social workers see first-hand the devastating costs and consequences of poverty and unemployment. Joblessness and economic insecurity can lead to more incidences of mental illness, family violence, suicide, substance abuse and crime. Social workers are seeing ... Read More »

Military Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Act

Take Action Now! Read about this bill Background On Feb. 3, 2009 Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the Military Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response Act (H.R.840). The bill seeks to reduce violence against military personnel and their families by enhancing programs of prevention and deterrence, improving victim services, and strengthening provisions for prosecution of assailants. Women who courageously serve ... Read More »

New loan forgiveness programs encourage graduates to pursue careers in public service

Two-thirds of college graduates leave school nearly $20,000 in debt, according to the National Postsecondary Student Aid study. With mounting job losses and unemployment at a 25-year high, those considering changing careers and pursuing passions must weigh the risk of a pay cut. But now some students can reduce – or even wipe out their debt – just by following ... Read More »

News from the Hill – April 2009

Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R. 795/S. 686) reintroduced in both chambers of Congress The Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R. 795/ S. 686) was recently reintroduced in both chambers by Rep. Towns and Senator Mikulski. The legislation retains the same focus, however we worked with ... Read More »

NASW’s Legal Counsel, Carolyn Polowy was quoted in today’s USA Today article on school strip searches

From “Strip search review tests limits of school drug policy” USA Today, April 16, 2009 “The National Association of Social Workers — joined by the National Education Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children — sides with April Redding in a court filing. “Social ... Read More »