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Bridging the Divide through Advocacy

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NASW Virtual Congressional Advocacy Day By Lee Westgate, MSW, MBA, LCSW-C NASW Manager of Policy and Advocacy Social work is sometimes divided into two seemingly disparate worlds: policy and practice. In truth, these are not separate domains. Sound social policy is informed by the voices, the front-line stories, and  insights from practitioners. Advocacy is the means by which we tell ... Read More »

Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7

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  By Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW  Senior Practice Associate–Aging, NASW    The annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP) ends on December 7. Seeking tips on enrollment for your clients, family members, or yourself? This blog provides a brief overview and links to multiple resources. During the OEP, Medicare beneficiaries can review, compare, and switch their prescription drug (Part D) and ... Read More »

Behavioral Health Policy Recommendations for America’s Prisons and Jails

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By Mel Wilson, NASW Senior Policy Consultant Increasingly, U.S. criminal justice systems have become the first responders to individuals living with mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD). More than ever, jails and prisons are expected to provide appropriate services and treatment for the growing populations they serve. For that reason, the Consensus Workgroup on Behavioral Health Issues in the ... Read More »

Engage at Every Age: Older Americans Month 2018

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By Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW Senior Practice Associate–Aging, NASW May 11, 2018 NASW is celebrating Older Americans Month (OAM) in May. Established in 1963 and coordinated by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM celebrates the role of older adults within our communities. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that people of all ages can take part in ... Read More »

NASW attends first pain care policy congress

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By Paul R. Pace, News staff A key step in implementing solutions for the opioid overdose epidemic was reached in San Diego in October where days later the opioid crisis was officially declared a national public health emergency. Seventy representatives from more than 50 organizations, including NASW, gathered in California for the first ever Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress during ... Read More »

NASW seeking experts to serve on policy review panels

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More than 100 social workers participated on expert panels to revise and/or develop 25 NASW policy statements over the last two years. These statements were recently voted on and approved by the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) key policymaking body, the Delegate Assembly (comprised of 277 professional social workers who represent NASW’s diverse membership).  Policy topics ranged from human trafficking, ... Read More »

Age Out Loud During Older Americans Month

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Posted May 5, 2017 NASW invites social workers to join and promote the celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). Established in 1963 and coordinated by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), OAM celebrates the contributions older adults make to society. The theme for OAM 2017 is Age Out Loud. This theme emphasizes the ways in which older adults live with boldness ... Read More »

NASW: Trump budget would harm well-being of all Americans

President Trump’s newly released a FY 2018 budget that would greatly harm a wide and diverse range of America’s most vulnerable citizens. Most of those negatively impacted by the 2018 budget proposal are those who have already been excluded from the growth in jobs and improvements in our economy since the Recession of 2008 . The National Association of Social Workers ... Read More »

Older Americans Month 2016: Blaze a Trail

Posted May 5, 2016 Older Americans Month: A Time to Celebrate Each May, NASW joins organizations across the United States in celebrating Older Americans Month (OAM). Begun in 1963 and currently led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the observance acknowledges older adults’ contributions to society and raises awareness about issues facing older adults. The theme for OAM 2016 ... Read More »

Social Work HEALS program offers training in health care delivery

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Nearly 50 BSW and MSW students from across the country gathered for educational sessions on health care, leadership and advocacy activities on Capitol Hill as part of the Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars (Social Work HEALS) Student Policy Summit, which was hosted at NASW’s national office in November. NASW and the ... Read More »