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Tag Archives: Maine

NASW Maine Chapters testifies in support of ban on gay conversion therapy

The Maine Legislature on February 14 held a hearing on a bill to ban gay conversion therapy. The National Association of Social Workers has long been against such therapy, saying it does not change the sexual identity of people who are LGBT and harms their mental well-being.   NASW Maine Chapter Executive Director Lori Gramlich testified at the hearing. “Conversion therapy is ... Read More »

NASW Maine Chapter joins state organizations to urge Sen. Collins to reject Medicaid cuts

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Dear Senator Collins, We are writing to share our views regarding the ongoing debate over repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. We appreciate the thoughtful attention you have given this issue and thank you for your careful examination of various proposals being considered.  We understand that the Senate is not likely to bring the House’s  American Health Care ... Read More »

NASW Maine calls for more health care coverage, addiction treatment during Health Secretary’s visit

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The National Association of Social Workers Maine Chapter (NASW) is pleased that the Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price came to Maine today to become more aware of the opioid epidemic in our state and to learn about our mental health care needs. We are currently struggling with a record number of deaths from overdoses this past year. However, ... Read More »

NASW Maine official urges residents challenge threats, racially charged statements from Gov. LePage

As the executive director of the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), I feel obliged to speak out against social injustice and blatant racial stereotyping whenever or wherever it occurs. NASW is the largest social worker professional organization in the nation with 130,000 members and nearly 1,000 members in the state of Maine. Since its inception, ... Read More »

Local politicians use social work skills

NASW News Video: Social workers in public office By Paul R. Pace, News staff When Portland, Maine, Mayor Michael F. Brennan first entered the world of politics, he had just enrolled in school full time for his MSW degree. He did it to broaden his understanding of people and to make him a more conscientious policymaker. “I wanted a better ... Read More »