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NASW Member Voices: Let’s Begin a Conversation to Share Our Social Work Perspectives

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  By Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW It’s been 21 years since first responders rushed headlong into the burning World Trade Center while frightened civilians rushed for the exits.  Each September, we remember and reflect on their bravery. Heedless of their own safety, they carried out their mission to serve and to protect us in our most devastating time of need. ... Read More »

Comment on proposed rule to strengthen non-discrimination protections in health programs

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  is encouraging its members to comment on an important proposed rule to strengthen nondiscrimination protections in health programs through Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. NASW will be submitting comments and encourages social workers to do so as well. The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and partner organizations have created comment portals (listed ... Read More »

Please help the NASW Mississippi Chapter address Jackson’s water crisis

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Crumbling infrastructure and recent flooding in Mississippi caused an already struggling water treatment plant in the state capital of Jackson to collapse. Residents in the city of 150,000 are having difficulty getting water to drink or to flush toilets, prompting the city to close schools and business and residents to wait in long lines for water. The NASW Mississippi Chapter has mobilized volunteers ... Read More »

Watch the Interstate Licensing Compact Stakeholder July 26 Review Session

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The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), as part of an initiative to promote licensure portability for military spouses, in 2021 awarded a $500,000 grant for the development of an interstate licensure compact for social workers. The compact would give social workers to practice in two or more states, giving the profession much needed license mobility. The Council of State Governments (CSG) has ... Read More »

NASW Member Voices: Money in Politics Increasingly Benefits Wealthy, Special Interests

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By Dr. Jessica Hare, BSW, MSW, DSW American Promise joined forces with the National Association of Social Workers and Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy on June 27, 2022 for a conversation on “The Power of Political Social Work.” Social workers witness how the influence of money in politics is shaping and reinforcing systems that increasingly benefit wealthy donors ... Read More »

Why data and collaboration are key to social workers’ success

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By Gary Pettengell, ECINS If there were ever a time to truly appreciate the essential contributions to society made by social workers – it would be now. As we find ways to recognize, inspire, and equip social work professionals tackling a confluence of challenges in schools, families, and communities, the most important thing is to acknowledge the immense challenges they ... Read More »

NASW, other organizations win legal victory over Massachusetts employee rights ballot initiative

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  along with the National Women’s Law Center and 24 other groups on April 12, 2022 filed an amicus brief in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the matter of El Koussa v Massachusetts, challenging the constitutionality of a Massachusetts ballot initiative filed with the state attorney general by Uber, Lyft, Doordash, and Insta-Cart. The ... Read More »