Congressman Towns hosts congressional briefing on Social Work Reinvestment Act November 17, 2010

Nov 15, 2010

We are pleased to report that Congressman Ed Towns is holding an upcoming Congressional briefing on the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act. The agenda is below. The event will cover the following points:

Professional social workers provide essential services to individuals across the lifespan and have long been the workforce to guide people to critical resources, counsel them on important life decisions, and help them reach their full potential.  Social workers are society’s safety net, and with our current economic challenges, this safety net has grown to include and protect a diverse group of people from all walks of life.  Professional social workers have the unique expertise and experience that will enable them to help solve the social and economic challenges that our nation is facing.

Serious safety concerns, significant educational debt, and comparatively insufficient salaries are threatening the ability of our nation’s social workers to provide these indispensible services.

The Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (H.R. 795) is designed to address these challenges to the profession, thereby helping to ensure that millions of individuals and families throughout the nation can continue to receive competent care. This legislation will create the foundation for a professional workforce to meet the ever-increasing demand for the essential services that social workers provide.

If you are available to attend, we look forward to seeing you there.

Congressional Briefing

Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act

Oversight and Government Reform Committee Room

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


2203 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC


Introduction: Vincent Lau, Howard University Social Work Fellow, Office of Congressman Ed Towns

Welcoming Remarks: Congressman Ed Towns


Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women

Dr. Elizabeth J. Clark, Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers

Ms. Mildred Joyner, President, Council on Social Work Education/Department Chair, West Chester University Undergraduate Social Work Program

Dr. Jeane Anastas, Professor, New York University/President-Elect, National Association of Social Workers

Dr. Richard Barth, Dean, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Dr. Joan Levy Zlotnik, Director, Social Work Policy Institute