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How Social Workers Can Help Survivors of Reproductive Coercion and Intimate Partner Violence

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By Amber Sutton, LICSW, and Haley Beech, LMSW Social workers have a unique role in identifying and addressing intimate partner violence (IPV) as they will inevitably encounter survivors and their families in a variety of settings. One form of intimate partner violence that is often undetected and underreported is reproductive coercion. Reproductive coercion includes tactics such as birth control sabotage ... Read More »

Behavioral Health Policy Recommendations for America’s Prisons and Jails

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By Mel Wilson, NASW Senior Policy Consultant Increasingly, U.S. criminal justice systems have become the first responders to individuals living with mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD). More than ever, jails and prisons are expected to provide appropriate services and treatment for the growing populations they serve. For that reason, the Consensus Workgroup on Behavioral Health Issues in the ... Read More »

Join Coalition on Human Needs Nov. 6 Action to Support Tax Credits for People who are Lower Income

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Please read this message from National Association of Social Workers partner, the Coalition on Human Needs, and take action! Right now, Congress is looking to add bipartisan tax legislation to the end-of-year budget package. It is imperative that if there is any tax legislation helping businesses and the rich that we also do what we can to help low-wage workers. ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief supporting LGBT people in Supreme Court discrimination cases

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined other civil rights, anti-poverty and child and family welfare organizations on an amicus brief involving U.S. Supreme Court cases that could determine whether federal anti-discrimination laws protect workers who are LGBT.  The court began hearing arguments on October 8. The cases before the U.S. Supreme court are Gerald Lynn Bostock v. Clayton County, ... Read More »

Act Now to Increase Social Work Reimbursement!

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Thank you for your outreach last week to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding their proposed cuts in reimbursement for clinical social workers (CSWs) participating in Medicare. More than 6,000 advocates contacted CMS and expressed their concern about the harmful impact to older Americans, and social workers, of these proposed cuts. We will be updating you soon on ... Read More »

Voice your opposition now to stop Social Worker payment cuts!

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September 25, 2019 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed two reductions in reimbursement for clinical social workers (CSWs) who are Medicare providers. These proposed cuts include a four percent cut in 2020 for code revisions or a seven percent cut in 2021 to increase reimbursement for evaluation and management (E/M) services which are provided by physicians, ... Read More »

In Memory of Past NASW President Barbara W. White

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the NASW Foundation mourn the death on July 19 of past NASW President and NASW Social Work Pioneer Barbara W. White. White was born in 1943 and joined the association in 1976. She was president of NASW from 1991-93. During her presidency she helped  develop NASW’s Specialty Practice Sections and worked for ... Read More »

NASW urges members, organizations to oppose Trump Administration’s proposed lowering of poverty line

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The Trump Administration has proposed changes that will lower the federal poverty line. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is requesting comments, before June 21st. Submit comments with OMB. The poverty line is adjusted each year for inflation. The poverty line is extremely important for some of the clients who social workers serve because it is used to determine ... Read More »