Read the April – May 2023 Issue of Social Work Advocates

May 5, 2023

cover of social work advocates, federal policy

The April – May 2023 issue of the magazine Social Work Advocates is now available online.

Stories include:


Improving Access to Mental Health Act Reintroduced in Congress

Congress reintroduced the Improving Access to Mental Health Act this March, marking a significant first step in the bill’s legislative process.


Aging Out of Foster Care

Every year, more than 20,000 young adults age out of the foster care system. They are between the ages of 18 and 21, some having chosen to voluntarily remain in care after 18.


Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

NASW and UT-Austin have partnered to support social workers in prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies.


Quilting Hobby Teaches Lesson of Letting Go

Tina Lai, MSW, LMSW, is a medical social worker who enjoys quilting, a hobby that began somewhat by accident.


New York State Chapter Study Shows Social Work Pay Disparities

An imbalance exists between social workers’ training and work experience, and the associated salaries, according to an analysis performed by the NASW New York State Chapter.


Clinical Practice: April / May 2023

A new Tips & Tools for Social Workers, CMS 2023 Quality Payment Program for Clinical Social Workers, is available. The QPP allows eligible clinicians who are reimbursed for Medicare Part B services to receive a bonus for improving the quality of patient care and health outcomes.


Social Work Interstate Compact Bill is Released

NASW welcomed the release of the Social Work Interstate Compact Model Bill in February, which will expand opportunities for social workers to provide services in multiple states.


Majority of Americans Hold Social Workers in High Regard

Eighty percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of social workers and 81 percent of those who have interacted with a social worker say a member of the profession improved their situation or that of a family member, according to a new survey from Ipsos, a global market research and public opinion company.


Social Emotional Learning Model Prioritizes Critical Components for Student Mental Health

Using the Social Emotional Learning model, schools are expected to prioritize three critical and interrelated components of mental health for their students: social (how we relate to others), emotional (how we feel), and behavioral (how we act) supports to promote overall well-being.


More in the April – May 2023 digital edition

  • National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification Slate of Candidates: Read the profiles of candidates for at-large and regional director positions.
  • In the Public Eye: NASW members quoted in media stories weigh in on how to take control when feeling overwhelmed; emotion-focused therapy; the benefits of a career in social work; and setting boundaries.
  • Schools of Social Work: University of Vermont discusses its international focus and more; Q&A with Eastern Washington University; and Kent State University launches a BSW program.
  • In Brief: Sandra Edmonds Crewe named one of Next Avenue’s 10 influencers in aging; Pachovia Lovett secures $17M in grant funding; Terriyln Rivers-Cannon begins role as president of SSWAA.
  • Association News