Tag Archives: National Association of Social Workers

(CY) 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule: Key Provisions Impacting Clinical Social Workers

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) issued on July 16 includes a variety of provisions that are relevant to clinical social workers (CSWs) who are participating providers in Medicare. These provisions are outlined below and cover a number of areas, including but not limited to telehealth, the Quality Payment Program (QPP) ... Read More »

NASW joins amicus brief supporting rights of transgender athletes

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), along with several other organizations committed to women’s rights, joined the Soule v. CIAC amicus brief led by National Women’s Law Center (NWLC). The brief supported the Connecticut’s Interscholastic Athletic Conference policy that allows K-12 athletes to participate in sports consistent with their gender identity. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a far-right conservative Christian group, challenged ... Read More »

NASW Urges U.S. Senators to Enact Robust Build Back Better Legislation

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of the historic Build Back Better Act. The Senate is now expected to take up this legislation. We urge the Senate to pass a robust package that will advance social well-being, promote health equity, create an inclusive economy and help the nation recover from ... Read More »

COVID Vaccine Hesitancy in Communities of Color: A National Concern

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By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor While much of the nation is beginning to return to a degree of normalcy since the start of national COVID vaccine distribution, there are still  nagging and serious barriers to ending the pandemic in the United States. One major barrier is vaccine hesitancy in communities of color – especially among Black and Brown ... Read More »

Amazon Endorses MORE Act and no longer testing most Employees for Marijuana

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    By Mel Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Advisor Just  days after the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2021(MORE Act) was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Amazon, the nation’s second largest private employer, announced it will  no longer test most of its 1.3 million employees for marijuana. At the same time, Amazon publicly stated ... Read More »

The Civil Rights Community has a Champion at the Department of Justice

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the rest of the Civil Rights and Social Justice community should be elated that the nation now has a seasoned and committed head of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights division. On June 25th, the  Senate confirmed  Kristen Clarke as the first Black woman to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division. ... Read More »

National COVID-19 Day: Social Workers offer services to help you cope

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is a proud partner of National COVID-19 Day. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. National Covid-19 Day was co-founded by Jamie Aten and Kent Annan at Wheaton College’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute. They launched National COVID-19 Day to help the United States navigate our collective grief, encourage one another, ... Read More »

NASW joins collaboration of mental health groups seeking to improve mental health, substance use care in United States

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined a collaboration of more than 30 mental organizations that have signed onto a Unified Vision, a seven-pillar roadmap developed to address the future of mental health and substance use care in America. “As the nation’s largest provider of mental and behavioral health services, social workers recognize that promoting improved mental health ... Read More »

Report of Police excessive use of Force on a Child is Deeply Troubling and Unacceptable

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By Melvin H. Wilson, MBA, LCSW NASW Senior Policy Consultant Social Justice and Human Rights    And Samantha Fletcher, PhD, MSW Executive Director, NASW New York State Chapter Police in Rochester, NY on Jan. 30 used pepper spray and handcuffs to subdue a nine-year-old girl. The incident leading up to this police encounter is reported to have been related to ... Read More »