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NASW Social Justice Brief Offers Overview of Nation’s Opioid, Heroin Addiction Crisis

The United States is gripped by an opioid and heroin addiction crisis. The social work profession will play a valuable and key role in our nation’s efforts to address this issue. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Justice Brief Opiates in Our Backyard: Implications for Drug Policy, offers social workers and other mental health and substance use disorder ... Read More »

NASW Maine official urges residents challenge threats, racially charged statements from Gov. LePage

As the executive director of the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), I feel obliged to speak out against social injustice and blatant racial stereotyping whenever or wherever it occurs. NASW is the largest social worker professional organization in the nation with 130,000 members and nearly 1,000 members in the state of Maine. Since its inception, ... Read More »

NASW Wisconsin Chapter Statement on Milwaukee Unrest, Police Shooting of Sylville Smith

The National Association of Social Workers Wisconsin Chapter is saddened by the violence, disorder and destruction that took place in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee. Sherman Park has always been a neighborhood where residents of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds worked together for the overall benefit of the community. We grieve over the loss of the life of ... Read More »

Arizona CHIP

Last week, enrollment for Arizona’s Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) opened after being frozen for years.  Now every state has a CHIP plan to cover low-income children and provide them with access to health services: https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2016-Press-releases-items/2016-07-25.html  In 2009, Arizona halted enrollment for CHIP, known as KidsCare, to save money at the state level. Health care advocates, community organizations and provider ... Read More »

In aftermath of shootings, NASW Louisiana Chapter statement calls on social workers to help bridge divisions in our society

For the second time in less than two weeks, the Louisiana Chapter of NASW (NASW-LA) offers its deepest condolences to families in our community who have lost loved ones. This time, we extend our sincere sympathy to the families of law enforcement officers Montrell Jackson, Brad Garafola, and Matthew Gerald who were killed by the senseless ambush of law enforcement ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Baton Rouge Police Shootings

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers its condolences to the family and colleagues of three slain Baton Rouge law enforcement officers and urges legislators, the police and the public peacefully come together to address gun violence, enact sensible gun laws, and help police improve relations with the communities they serve. Baton Rouge law enforcement officers Montrell ... Read More »

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 »