Tag Archives: legislation

News from the Hill – May 2011

Thanks to our Advocates, NASW Advocacy Days Were a Success NASW is pleased to announce that our virtual advocacy days were a great success! Hundreds of social workers from across the country contacted their Senators and Representatives in support of the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (S. 584/H.R. 1106). At the same time, ... Read More »

NASW Remembers Dr. Dorothy I. Height

Today, April 20, 2011, is the one year anniversary of the death of social work pioneer Dr. Dorothy I. Height. This time last year, NASW was preparing to give Dr. Height the Lifetime Achievement Award and we were saddened to learn of her death, but pleased and humbled to have spent time with her in support of the social work ... Read More »

News from the Hill – March 2011, Second Edition

Social Work Reinvestment Act Reintroduced! Support Your Profession Today. While the nation struggles with an economic recession, social workers are the professionals who will primarily keep society’s social safety net intact. We provide the services that will help people maintain employment, shelter, food, and other life-sustaining services during this difficult time. We also care for the aging baby boomers, children ... Read More »

NASW Supports School Mental Health Legislation

On February 17, 2011 Rep. Grace F. Napolitano and a panel of mental health advocates and experts, including LA Laker Ron Artest and champion boxer Mia St. John, will examine the Mental Health in Schools Act, a bill authored by Napolitano to allocate funding to mental health services in schools. One in five children and adolescents currently suffer from emotional ... Read More »

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Efforts Moving Forward

House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) have introduced a bill seeking to end the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy.  The bill’s language is similar to the DADT repeal that was stripped out of the National Defense Authorization Act earlier this year.  A vote is expected to occur on Wednesday, and we will ... Read More »

NASW California: Governor Signs Social Worker Loan Repayment Act to Help California Social Workers

Governor Signs Legislation to Help California Social Workers Sacramento- Assembly member Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) announced today that his measure,, was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Today is a new day for California social workers who will now qualify for federal financial assistance, similar to social workers in other states,” said Nava. “Social workers play a vital role in our ... Read More »

Don't Ask Don't Tell Update

Twin measures passed the full House and the Senate Armed Services Committee on repealing the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy this week.  While this does not mean the policy has been eliminated, these two votes represented the biggest hurdles that stood in the way of repeal.   Please note that a compromise was struck in order to secure ... Read More »

Education Reform Bill Moves with the Health Care Legislation

On March 18, Congress coupled the Student Aid bill with health reform legislation to advance President Obama’s two major domestic policy issues, the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872). NASW strongly supports this bill and has tirelessly advocated for the creation of public policies that make health care and higher education more affordable and accessible for all ... Read More »

How does NASW decide policy and legislative positions?

NASW has an exhaustive process to determine our public policy statements. The policy statements are compiled in Social Work Speaks, a comprehensive collection of policies adopted and revised by NASW’s key policy-making body, the Delegate Assembly. The Delegate Assembly, an elected body of 277 professional social workers representing NASW’s diverse membership, meets at regular intervals (every three years since 1981) ... Read More »