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Biden-Harris Administration has ambitious immigration plan but concerns remain

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By Melvin H. Wilson, MBA, LCSW Senior Policy Consultant Social Justice and Human Rights The incoming Biden-Harris Administration’s firm commitment to immigration reform and making it one of the first issues they addressed on their first day in office is a welcome turn of events. By  all accounts, the administration has come up with an  ambitious immigration legislation plan. In addition, ... Read More »

Democrat control of Senate raises odds President-Elect Biden can get approval of legislative priorities

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  By Melvin H. Wilson, MBA, LCSW Senior Policy Consultant Social Justice and Human Rights Those of us who are elated with the outcomes of the two senatorial elections in Georgia have a truly short time to relish the victories.  Given the many crisis-level public health, economic, civil rights and political concerns confronting the Biden administration, Senators Jon Ossoff and ... Read More »

Social Worker appointed to CDC’s Community Preventive Services Task Force

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Social worker Michael Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH, has been appointed to the Centers for Disease Control’s Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) for a five year-year term starting in 2022. Lindsey is executive director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University (NYU) and Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at NYU Silver ... Read More »

NASW thrilled bill to reduce suicides in rural areas passes Congress

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is thrilled that the Seeding Rural Resilience Act, which we endorsed, has passed Congress and will  go to the President’s desk for signature. The bill is crucial in reducing the high rate of rural suicides. NASW is part of the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG), a coalition of national organizations representing consumers, family ... Read More »

NASW seeking public comments on Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice: A Reference Manual

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NASW’s Task Force for Private Practice Guidelines is seeking public comments for the document, Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice:  A Reference Manual. This manual provides a useful set of guidelines for clinical social workers starting a private practice and for seasoned clinical social workers seeking specific information related to the practice and business side of a private practice. Your ... Read More »

President-Elect Biden chooses Social Worker Meg Kabat to lead VA transition

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President-Elect Joe Biden has tapped social worker Meg Kabat to lead his administration’s transition at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), according to an article in MeriTalk. Kabat, LCSW-C, CCM, is currently a senior director at the Atlas Group consultant firm, where her clients include the Defense Health Agency and the VA. Kabat was previously the National Director of ... Read More »

NASW joins physician and health care provider groups in protesting new final 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined other organizations in criticizing the final 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services failed to provide relief from a significant shift in physician and non-physician payments expected to take effect on January 1, 2021. The cuts scheduled to go into effect will severely hamper the delivery of health ... Read More »

President-Elect Biden taps Social Worker Jared Bernstein for Council of Economic Advisers

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President-Elect Joe Biden has appointed social worker Jared Bernstein to his Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). The CEA is a small group of experts who offer the president advice on economic matters. Bernstein, PhD, MSW, is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Bernstein is a longtime economic adviser to Biden. He previously served as the executive ... Read More »

NASW-PACE field organizers talk about their experiences during election

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In an effort to elect candidates who support legislation and policies consistent with the goals of the social work profession and those served by the social work profession, the National Association of Social Workers Political Action for Candidate Election (NASW-PACE) employed field organizers in five key swing states during the 2020 election. These field organizers worked in Arizona, Georgia, North ... Read More »