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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 »

Connecticut passes social work title protection bill

The six social workers who are members of the Connecticut House and Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, who is chair of the Public Health Committee, pose after the social work title protection bill passed. In the photo (from left to right): Reps. Toni Walker, Rick Lopes, Pat Wilson Pheanious, Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Jillian Gilcrest, Jonathan Steinberg and Anne Hughes. McCarthy Vahey and Gilchrest are members of NASW.

  The Connecticut Legislation on June 5 passed a social work title protection bill that the National Association of Social Workers Connecticut Chapter had worked to achieve. The bill will protect the use of the title social worker to BSWs, MSWs and Doctorate degrees in social work. It grandfathered in municipal workers and exempted state agencies due to collective bargaining. Most ... Read More »

Congressional briefing to bring together social work, mental health experts on need to end gun violence

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Gun violence has become an epidemic in our nation. Every year more than 7,700 children and teens are shot, and more than 36,000 people die from gun violence, according to the Brady campaign to end gun violence. Social workers and mental health professionals play a critical role in helping schools and communities prevent violence. These experts are coming to Capitol ... Read More »

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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This May is the 70th anniversary of Mental Health America establishing Mental Health Month. Each year Mental Health America, and its affiliates, dedicate the month of May to educate the community about the impact of mental illness on Americans. Since 1949, this event has created a place of understanding and support as well as provided resources for millions of individuals ... Read More »

Today is Children’s Memorial Flag Day

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This month, in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the National Association of Social Workers today is commemorating Children’s Memorial Flag Day. Each year, a national day of remembrance is set aside to honor and remember children who have lost their lives in the last year due to violence and preventable causes of death. Across the country, child advocates and ... Read More »