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Chapter Highlights

Find out what's been happening at NASW chapters around the country, including in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Rule overturned that would have allowed social workers to discriminate against clients

NASW Texas Chapter

Oct 27, 2020

The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TSBSWE) on Oct. 12 passed a rule that would have allowed social workers to discriminate against  clients who are LGBTQ or living with a disability. The NASW Texas Chapter rallies social workers and works with allies, including human rights organizations and legislators to overturn the rule. The chapter circulates a petition that garners more than 22,000 signatures. After 15 days of public outcry the Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC) votes unanimously to keep in place the original Social Work Code of Conduct rules that include anti-discrimination protections for disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

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Massachusetts health insurance, behavioral health companies reach settlement

NASW Massachusetts Chapter

Feb 24, 2020

Five Massachusetts health insurance companies and two behavioral health care companies signed an agreement with Attorney General Maura Healey over allegations that they violated mental health parity laws. The companies had been under-reimbursing social workers and other therapists for mental health services. The NASW Massachusetts Chapter was one of the organizations that pushed for the $1 million settlement. “Those working in the mental health field ... have been undervalued and, frankly, taken advantage of for far too long,” Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz said.

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North Carolina school district hires more school social workers

NASW North Carolina Chapter

Jan 25, 2020

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools hired 25 new social workers for the 2019-2020 academic year. The NASW North Carolina chapter wrote a letter to the school board in support of the superintendent's funding request to hire 17 social workers. The district instead ended up hiring 25 more. The chapter thanks the Mecklenburg County Commissioners for making mental health and the hiring of more school social workers a priority.

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Number of Social Workers Growing in Chicago Public Schools

NASW Illinois Chapter

Jan 16, 2020

The NASW Illinois Chapter worked hard to get new social work hires written into the Chicago Teachers Union labor contract after the union went on strike October 2019. As of January 14, 2020, the school system had 90 more social workers on staff as compared to the previous year.

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NASW North Carolina Chapter

Oct 31, 2019

The NASW North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC), after two years of work, successfully pushed the state House and Senate to pass SB537, legislation to save clinical social work licensure. SB537 included eight bills that were merged into one, including required changes to the Social Work Practice Act.

The legislation brought the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board (NCSWCLB) into compliance with the way North Carolina administers the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) Clinical Social Work exam. NASW-NC also prevented the legislation from including the addition of the Master Level Social Work Exam requirement for all LCSWAs that NCSWCLB wanted in the bill. NASW-NC said an additional exam would have been financial hardship and delayed entry into the profession for new social workers.

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NASW-Illinois Chapter Receives Grant to Study Workforce Issues

NASW Illinois Chapter

Oct 01, 2019

In an ongoing social work workforce initiative, the Chapter was awarded $50,000 from the Telligen Community Initiative to conduct a needs assessment of the social work workforce in Illinois that will match the shortage needs throughout the state. Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work will serve as a research partner.

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NASW Michigan Chapter receives grant to address substance use workforce shortage

NASW Michigan Chapter

Sep 11, 2019

The NASW Michigan Chapter (NASW-Michigan) has been awarded a two-year, $310,000 behavioral health workforce development grant by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. NASW Michigan's project is intended to address a significant workforce shortage in the substance use and co-occurring mental health field.

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NASW Kansas Chapter

Aug 26, 2019

The Kansas House and Senate passed legislation that provides licensure reciprocity for social workers who work across state lines or move to Kansas. The NASW Kansas Chapter pushed for this legislation and proposed an amendment to place post-graduate supervision hours for clinical supervision in line with states across the country (3,000 supervised practice hours and 100 supervision hours). The amendment was approved and Gov. Laura Kelly has signed the bill into law. 

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NASW Illinois Chapter

Aug 01, 2019

Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law a bill aimed at ensuring equal pay for equal work. A number of entities, such as the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, National Association of Social Workers, Laborer’s International Union and Illinois National Organization for Women, supported the bill.

“As other states appear to be moving backward on equal rights, Illinois will continue to move forward to ensure employees are receiving the same pay for the same work,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This new law will help Illinois end the wage gap.”

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Connecticut Passes Social Work Title Protection Bill

NASW Connecticut Chapter

Jul 09, 2019

The NASW Connecticut Chapter successfully advocated for passage a bill that provides protection to the job title of social work. The bill, signed into law on July 9, goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2019.

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Chapter Activities for Racial Justice

Around the country, NASW chapters are organizing for racial justice.

Learn about our activities for racial justice