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NASW CEO Angelo McClain letter gives ACA Update

Dr Angelo McClain

Dear Colleagues: On Thursday the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)  joined a small group of key leaders— 16 national organizations—at the White House to discuss Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation with Obama Administration officials. The agenda for the meeting included the overall ACA, the upcoming open-enrollment period, and how NASW might be able to help the  Obama Administration increase ... Read More »

October is Juvenile Justice Awareness Month. Learn how you can help bring about reform

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is working with other organizations to the end the practice of trying, sentencing and jailing youth under age 18 in the adult criminal justice system. That is why NASW wants to make you aware that October is Youth Justice Awareness Month (YJAM). Throughout this month there are opportunities for communities, families, youth and ... Read More »

Report highlights how anti-gay laws can drive LGBT people, families into poverty

Discrimination is not just harming the emotional well-being of Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Discrimination also hurts their pocketbooks and makes it more likely they will live in poverty, according to a new report done in partnership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Paying and Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty of Being LGBT in ... Read More »

NASW joins letter to Obama urging police reforms in aftermath of Ferguson shooting

The National Association of Social Workers has joined more than 1,300 other organizations and individuals in signing a letter urging the Obama Administration to make reforms to end police violence in light of the shooting of an unarmed African American teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The letter was published in the Washington Post. Others who have signed the letter include social worker ... Read More »

LGBT Pride Month Update

June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)  Pride Month. On June 2, 2014, President Barack Obama declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The President’s proclamation outlined the important legislative changes in the advancement of LGBT equity that occurred at the state and federal level.  The President noted that the Obama Administration “proudly stands alongside all ... Read More »

The National Association of Social Workers Commends the Department of Justice on the Smart on Crime Initiative

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the August 12, 2013 announcement of the Smart on Crime initiative.  Among other things, the initiative proposes to end mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders and prioritize more appropriate alternative sentencing, such as drug rehabilitation programs. The Smart on Crime ... Read More »

New Psychotherapy Codes for Clinical Social Workers

NASW has produced a new Practice Perspective on the new psychotherapy codes for Clinical Social Workers  (PDF file – member login required) Effective January 2013, clinical social workers will begin using new and revised psychotherapy codes when providing psychotherapy services to patients.  For the first time since 1998, the family of psychotherapy codes has gone through a major revision process.  ... Read More »

Dr. Jill Biden Joins Leymah Gbowee, Bob and Lee Woodruff, Dr. Kenneth Doka, Donna Brazile and Roberto Pacheco for National Social Work Conference in Washington

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2012       CONTACT: Gail Woods Waller gwaller@naswdc.org or 202.336.8236 Dr. Jill Biden Joins Leymah Gbowee, Bob and Lee Woodruff, Dr. Kenneth Doka, Donna Brazile and Roberto Pacheco for National Social Work Conference in Washington National Association of Social Workers Conference Held July 22-25 WASHINGTON, DC (July 19, 2012)—Professional social workers play a critical role ... Read More »

NASW’s Betsy Clark Answers ACA Decision Questions

Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH is CEO of the National Association of Social Workers Q: The ACA was upheld, but experts predict an avalanche of new enrollees in 2014, which will overwhelm our health care system. What should be done? Dr. Clark: Between 30-40 million new enrollees means that, among other issues, we need to think about using health ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Affordable Care Act

Social Workers Believe Law Can Improve the Lives of Uninsured Populations WASHINGTON, DC (June 28, 2012) The National Association of Social Workers today celebrates the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).   NASW has been an outspoken advocate for improving health care access, quality, and services for millions of Americans not currently ... Read More »