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Affordable Care Act Threatened: Here’s How You Can Help Save It

Many social workers may be unaware that on November 14 the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would take up the case King v. Burwell, which challenges the legitimacy of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In previous challenges to ACA, the opposition questioned the constitutionality of the individual mandate required in the law. However, this more recent case does not ... Read More »

NASW Expanding Ethics Consultation Days and Hours

Due to increased demand the National Association of Social Workers is extending its ethics consultation days and hours beginning January 5, 2015. NASW’s Office of Ethics and Professional Review answers member’s questions on a variety of ethical issues. Questions can range from “Am I required to provide my client access to their records” to “Under what circumstances am I required ... Read More »

The Preventing Sex Trafficking, Strengthening Families Law: What Social Workers should know

President Obama signed into law The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183) that will: Encourage states to combat sex trafficking among youth in foster care, promote normalcy for foster youth; Help move more children from foster care into adoptive homes or the homes of relatives; and Increase the amount of child support provided to families in which ... Read More »

Join 16-Day Campaign to End Gender Violence

The international human rights community will join forces for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence between Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and Dec. 10, which is International Human Rights Day. The campaign aims to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights violation at the local, national, regional, and international levels. ... Read More »

World AIDS Day 2014 – Focus, Partner, Achieve

President Barack Obama issued a World AIDS Day Proclamation – recognizing December 1st as World AIDS Day.   On Monday, December 1, 2014, The White House will honor this worldwide observance of  World AIDS Day using the  theme: Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation.   Today’s observance at The White House will be tele-cast live starting at 12:00 noon EST. Earlier this year, ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

With the issuance of the St. Louis County grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, the National Association of Social Workers urges reforms that would help end the excessive use of police force. The association also hopes this tragic incident will put increased public attention on the ... Read More »

A Social Work Response to Solitary Confinement

In recent years, there has been a growing national movement to challenge the practice and premise for using solitary confinement as a method of behavioral control in the nation’s prisons, jails and juvenile facilities.The strong opposition to solitary confinement is primarily based on questions about the belief that use of such practices is a clear human rights violation. Before we ... Read More »

President Obama’s Immigration Action Step in the Right Direction

The National Association of Social Workers applauds President Obama’s decision to issue an executive action that will likely lead to as many as five million previously undocumented immigrants to be able to remain in the United States. This action was very meaningful to immigrant families with children who were born in the United States (and are therefore U.S. citizens) and to ... Read More »

NASW staff say fight against poverty key topic at Tanzania Association of Social Workers meeting

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) senior staff members joined up to a hundred Tanzanian social workers on Oct. 27-31 for the Tanzanian Association of Social Workers (TASWO) annual meeting. NASW Deputy Director of Programs Heidi McIntosh, MSW, and NASW Manager of Social Justice and Human Rights Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA, were not there simply to observe the process. They ... Read More »

Q&A offers info on becoming Affordable Care Act Certified Application Counselor

The National Association of Social Workers on October 16 hosted a webinar with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Council on Social Work Education, and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care on the topic of social workers serving as a Certified Application Counselor (CAC). These counselors would help enroll people during the second Affordable Care ... Read More »