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NASW South Carolina strongly opposes legislation to repeal social work licensure

South Carolina State House

The South Carolina State House with the state flag flowerbed in the foreground. The National Association of Social Workers South Carolina Chapter (NASW-SC) is strongly against the proposed House Bill 3515, also known as the “Entrepreneur Freedom Act.” The purpose of this bill is to repeal and do away with licensure for social workers and many other professions in SC. ... Read More »

Planning for Medicaid Unwinding in 2023

By Carrie Dorn, MPA, LMSW, NASW Senior Practice Associate At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in January 2020, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services first declared a 90-day public health emergency (PHE). The PHE declaration allowed flexibility in health care funding and regulations to respond to the pandemic. Since January 2020, the PHE has ... Read More »

NASW Member Voices: Unfortunately, mass shootings are small part of the America’s larger gun violence problem

Americans over the past three weeks have again witnessed the carnage of gun-involved mass killings. On November 19, 2022, five people were gunned down at a Colorado Springs night club frequented by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Only three days later, another mass shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia took the lives of seven other innocent individuals. The motivations of the perpetrators ... Read More »

Press Release: NASW Ohio Chapter demands legislature drop bill that would let other professions become licensed social workers

The National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter (NASW Ohio) is demanding the state legislature not pass legislation that could seriously harm thousands of Ohioans who are experiencing mental health struggles. The Ohio Senate on Nov. 30 amended Substitute HB 509 to allow people with degrees other than social work to be a licensed social workers, an action that will ... Read More »

NASW Member Voices: It is crucial Democratic Coalition that delivered Midterm Elections Successes Must Stay Intact for 2024

By Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA The political climate approaching the 2022 Midterm Elections may very well be ranked with the years leading up to the Civil War as a period when the nation was facing the greatest threat to democracy. While that danger has by no means dissipated, it has certainly has been stalled by the Midterm Elections outcome. Predictions ... Read More »

Practice Alert: Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment November 1 to January 15

Open Enrollment for the health insurance marketplace is November 1 to January 15, 2023. For coverage to begin on January 1, enrollment must be completed by midnight on December 15. NASW is a Champion for Coverage and recognizes the importance of social workers who help individuals and families connect to health insurance coverage and health care services. Health insurance coverage is ... Read More »

Guest Blog: Biden Administration should eliminate, not expand, Title 42 to prevent further harm to migrant children

  By Hannah Liu Immigration and Immigrant Families team, Center for Law and Social Policy For more than two years, children and families fleeing danger have been turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border without a chance to seek asylum under a misguided policy called Title 42. Last week, the Biden Administration announced that it would be expanding the policy to include ... Read More »

NASW Member Voices: Will America be America Again?

By Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW I was browsing a free book on the Internet recently and the first line stopped me. It started with Amartya Sen’s quote, “A misconceived theory can kill.” Immediately, I thought about the amount of death that has pummeled the United States over the past few years. More than a million deaths from COVID-19 to date, ... Read More »

NASW Member Voices: White House Move to Decriminalize Marijuana at federal level should be followed by states

    By Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA In a recent surprise announcement, President Biden informed the nation that he was taking two significant steps related to federal marijuana policy. In that announcement, he stated that his administration will pardon individuals who have been convicted in federal court of simple possession of marijuana. However, the vast majority of those arrested, convicted, ... Read More »