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Circuit Court rules in favor of transgender students who NASW supported

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The 9th Circuit court on February 12 issued its decision in the case, Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School Dist. No. 2.  The court ruled in favor of transgender students’ rights to be safe in schools. The Court correctly ruled that the Oregon school’s policy that allows transgender students, and all students, to use bathrooms consistent with their self-identified gender ... Read More »

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 »

September Is FASD Awareness Month

FASD Awareness Month

Serious health effects, a simple prevention message: no alcohol use during pregnancy.  Prenatal alcohol exposure is the most common preventable cause of intellectual and developmental delays and disabilities in the United States. It is estimated that up to one in 20 U.S. school children are living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), a group of lifelong cognitive, behavioral and, in some ... Read More »

NASW Attends White House Meeting on Veterans’ Suicide

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By Anna Mangum, MSW, MPH NASW was invited to participate in a meeting last Friday, Aug. 23, at the White House to discuss the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) initiative. NASW Chief Executive Officer Angelo McClain and I attended. The meeting included Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams and key leaders from ... Read More »