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Ask your Senators to Restore Funding for the HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Program

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Mental health services are an important pre-requisite for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.  The mental health practitioner’s role has become more meaningful as the complexities surrounding treatment necessitate caring for the psychological aspects of HIV care, especially as it relates to aspects such as client medication adherence. Mental health practitioners need specific training in working with HIV-affected populations.  The Substance Abuse ... Read More »

NASW ALERT: Help Pass the Dream Act

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As many of us are aware, President Trump recently made the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unless Congress passes legislation that protects the nearly 800,000 Dreamers from being deported. The president’s decision to end DACA conflicts with American values of fairness, equality and opportunity for all. President Trump has now put the ball in ... Read More »

STATEMENT: President Trump decision to rescind DACA is cruel, unwise and unjustified

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NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and will work with allied organizations and Congress to continue protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. President Trump’s decision to revoke DACA dismays us. The order is cruel, unwise ... Read More »

Voting Rights Update: Concerns about Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

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Vice President Mike Pence on July 19 chaired the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The 15-member commission is co-chaired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and commonly referred to as the Pence-Kobach Commission. The commission’s mission is to “study the registration and voting processes used in federal elections.” Specifically, President Donald Trump’s contention is ... Read More »

Urge Congress to increase funding for the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)

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About three-quarters of social workers work with older adults in a wide variety of settings. Yet, only about one out of ten  of social workers specializes in aging. Social work practitioners and students can obtain training in aging through the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). GWEP is authorized under Titles VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act and is ... Read More »

In aftermath of Charlottesville violence, NASW urges President Trump show leadership by condemning white supremacy in all forms

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NASW STATEMENT:   The white supremacist rallies and resultant violence in Charlottesville, VA on August 12 were a blight on American values and unacceptable. In the aftermath of this tragedy the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) calls on President Donald Trump to show leadership by naming and condemning white supremacy in all its forms. NASW also offers its condolences ... Read More »

ACTION ALERT: Call your Senators Today to Protect Health Care!

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Senate Republicans yesterday moved one step closer to their goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act. The motion to proceed to debate on health care reform passed narrowly, 51-50, with the help of Vice President Pence’s tie-breaking vote. The vote cleared the way for 20 hours of debate, equally divided between Republicans and Democrats, on the Senate’s Health Care repeal ... Read More »

NASW calls on President Trump to rescind plan to ban people who are transgender from the military

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NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) calls on President Trump to rescind his plan to ban people who are transgender from serving in the U.S. military. This change, tweeted on the implementation of a policy change made by the Obama Administration, is blatantly disrespectful to and clearly disregards the honorable service of all transgender and gender non-conforming ... Read More »

ALERT: Stay Vigilant – Affordable Care Act Repeal and Replace Efforts Still in Play

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Earlier this week, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) alerted its membership to the updates in the Senate’s modified discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. The outlook for Senate action on BCRA or perhaps just a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains uncertain (CBO estimates full repeal would result in 32 ... Read More »

Programs help homeless, foster LGBTQ youth

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By Maren Dale, News contributor Although progress continues to be made toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) equality in the U.S. — as evidenced by marriage equality and better recognition of and respect for people who identify as LGBTQ — this progress is not felt by all members of the LGBTQ community. For LGBTQ youth in foster care ... Read More »