Learn about the history of NASW’s Legal Defense Fund and the important cases and causes that member contributions have supported since 1971.Â Discover an interactive LDF history timeline (coming soon!), watch video commentary by social work leaders, and contribute to the “$40 for the 40th” campaign.
|Find answers to legal questions commonly asked by social workers, including subpoenas, confidentiality, requests for records, HIPAA, Skype, mental health parity, LGBT rights, equal protection, the death penalty and much more!Â||Ordering information for NASWâ€™s legal reference booklets, providing legal research and analysis for the social work profession.Â Topics include child abuse reporting, confidentiality, school social work, childrenâ€™s rights, managed care, expert witnesses, alternative dispute resolution, clinical notes, anti-trust and the juvenile justice system.
|Access the legal briefs filed by NASW in significant cases across the country and in the Supreme Court.Â Searchable by state or party name.
||This resource center provides links to NASW’s online continuing education programs on legal and ethical topics for social workers, including HIPAA compliance training.Â|
|Printable LDF application for members to request financial assistance with legal expenses.Â Application requirements and criteria for financial assistance are included here.
||Get answers to your HIPAA questions at “HIPAA Highlights for Social Workers,” NASW’s online HIPAA resource center.Â Sample HIPAA forms and office policies, legal articles, links to laws and regulations and online training.|
Provides an overview and description of the LDF.
|SWELI was created by the LDF to develop educational and special projects focused on legal and ethical issues for social workers.Â This is an overview of SWELI’s mission and history, with links to twice-weekly legal and ethical updates.|
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