Author Archives: Aliah Wright

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule for CY 2022

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Implications for Clinical Social Workers December 2021 On November 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule. The 2400+-page rule includes updates to policies and payments that are pertinent to clinical social workers (CSWs) and other Medicare providers. NASW submitted comments on September 13, 2021 to CMS on ... Read More »

Celebrate National Adoption Day November 23

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  By Cynthia Henderson, PhD, LICSW, LCSW-C NASW Senior Practice Associate, School Social Work and Child Welfare November 23rd marks National Adoption Day. In 1976, Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts decided to celebrate adoption for seven days in his state. Eight years later, President Ronald Regan expanding the observance to becoming National Adoption Week. It was during the Clinton Administration ... Read More »

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Here’s What You Should Know

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By Rita Webb In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness month was observed. Two years later, Congress passed a law making it official. Domestic Violence, a preventable, global and domestic public health problem, does not discriminate and impacts communities worldwide daily. Regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, race, nationality, or religion, domestic violence significantly affects individuals, families, and ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates National Coming Out Day

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By Lee Westgate, MSW Monday, Oct 11th is National Coming Out Day – a day that honors the enduring advocacy and resiliency of LGBTQIA+ people and communities. First celebrated in the U.S. in 1988, National Coming Out Day emerged in stark contrast to the overtly homophobic and transphobic social and political climate of the time. By 1988, the AIDS epidemic ... Read More »

NASW Urges U.S. Senators to Enact Robust Build Back Better Legislation

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of the historic Build Back Better Act. The Senate is now expected to take up this legislation. We urge the Senate to pass a robust package that will advance social well-being, promote health equity, create an inclusive economy and help the nation recover from ... Read More »

NASW Proudly Supports National Recovery Month

Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community By Nancy Markoe, LICSW National Recovery Month (NRM) promotes awareness about addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery, encouraging the hopeful and inspiring message that treatment is effective and people can and do recover. This observance highlights the strength and humanity of individuals who have fought for their lives, reclaimed their health, ... Read More »

Join NASW’s March for Reproductive Rights on Oct. 2

NASW is an official partner in the Women’s March to Mobilize and Defend our Reproductive Rights, October 2, 2021.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is an official partner in the Women’s March to Mobilize and Defend our Reproductive Rights. There are in-person and virtual events nationwide, including a march in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Noon EST. Details are below. NASW is calling on the nation’s more than 700,000 social workers to join the Women’s March. ... Read More »

Essential Chats with Mit: Resources from Facebook Live Events

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Here are some of the resources mentioned in the June 1, 2022, Facebook Live Event – Essential Chats with Mit: Keeping Allies in the Room. By Karessa Proctor, MSW What is allyship? Allies (noun): “a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose. A person who associates or cooperates with another. ... Read More »

How to take part in the March for Voting Rights on August 28, 2021, including virtually

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is an official partner in the August 28, 2021, March on For Voting Rights. Marches will take place virtually and in-person in five flagship cities—Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.—as well as in other cities across America. We are calling on the nation’s 700,000+ social workers to save the date for the March on ... Read More »

Bridging the Divide through Advocacy

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NASW Virtual Congressional Advocacy Day By Lee Westgate, MSW, MBA, LCSW-C NASW Manager of Policy and Advocacy Social work is sometimes divided into two seemingly disparate worlds: policy and practice. In truth, these are not separate domains. Sound social policy is informed by the voices, the front-line stories, and  insights from practitioners. Advocacy is the means by which we tell ... Read More »