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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On January 29, 2013 President Obama gave his “The Time is Now” speech which ushered in his administration’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislative initiative. A day earlier, a bipartisan group of four Republican and Four Democrats (the “gang of eight”) also announced that they will introduce comprehensive immigration legislation. Because the president received 70 percent of the Hispanic vote in November, ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Mental Health Message

Today, NASW celebrates the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s special message to Congress regarding the state of mental health in the United States.  President Kennedy’s remarks brought the issue of stigma, and access to care, to the forefront of his domestic agenda.  As a result of this initiative, the Community Mental Health Centers Act was signed into law, ... Read More »

Training important for safety on the job

By Rena Malai, News staff Larry Betcher knows firsthand the danger a social worker can encounter on the job, as one of his clients once flashed a butcher knife at him during an at-home visit. This is one reason safety training is so important for social workers, said Betcher, an NASW board member. “Social workers work with a wide range ... Read More »

Jones joins United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

NASW News Social Work Spotlight Richard L. Jones, former president and chairman of NASW Assurance Services Inc., has joined the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago as senior vice president of community investment. He is charged with the leadership, planning, execution and measurement of United Way’s strategic investment in the community called “Live United 2020.” The community impact plan focuses on ... Read More »

NASW offers three new Practice Perspectives, ACA fact sheet

By Rena Malai, News staff The NASW Practice Perspectives series offers three new publications to educate members about social work developments that will enhance their professional practices. In addition, NASW has compiled a consumer fact sheet on health care reform, explaining important benefits of the Affordable Care Act for individuals and families. The newest Practice Perspectives — “Essential Health Benefits ... Read More »

HRSA grants to help build social work profession

By Rena Malai, News staff The Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded 24 schools of social work and psychology with grants totaling $9.8 million. The grants, through the Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grants Program, were  made possible by the Affordable Care Act. According to HHS, mental ... Read More »

NASW Supports Lifting of Ban on Women in Combat

“If members of our military can meet the qualifications for a job, then they should have the right to serve, regardless of creed, color, gender or sexual orientation,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds the decision of the Department of Defense to lift the ban on women in direct combat roles, setting a historic ... Read More »

Experts weigh in on social work media campaign strategy

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Helping journalists understand the importance of social work title protection is a step in the right direction, according Julie Drizin, director of the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She said the whole profession can easily get blamed when a news report ... Read More »

Capitol Hill briefing focuses on children at risk

By Rena Malai, News staff NASW co-hosted a Capitol Hill briefing with the Congressional Social Work Caucus in October to discuss the challenges of helping children in the child welfare system. Joan Levy Zlotnik, director of the NASW Social Work Policy Institute, moderated the briefing, titled “Children at Risk: Optimizing Health in an Era of Reform.” Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns, ... Read More »

NASW’s Continued Response to Sandy Hook

In the last two weeks NASW has participated in several activities in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy.  Last week, NASW CEO Betsy Clark participated in the White House meeting with mental health groups where she met with Vice President Biden’s Task Force.  Since then, NASW has remained engaged in ongoing efforts with the Obama Administration and the mental ... Read More »