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Chapter Highlights

Find out about NASW chapter legislative and policy victories and activities at chapters around the country, including in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

2021 Minnesota Social Work Online Advocacy Day

NASW Minnesota Chapter

Apr 14, 2021

Join over 1,000 social workers from across Minnesota to learn how current legislative issues affect our profession and those we serve. Hear from policy professionals speaking about key policies and bills moving through the legislature, prepare to advocate on the issues you care about, and get energized by rallying online with peers and colleagues before connecting with your representatives to promote change in Minnesota!

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Indiana Chapter Webinar Addresses Children’s Grief

Social Work Advocates

Mar 01, 2021

One of the ways grief is normalized is talking about it, said Beryl Cohen, executive director of the Indiana chapter. “We should talk to kids about whatever they want to talk about. Kids deal with it differently. There are developmental stages of grief for children.”

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Alaska’s Cultural Competence Program Adds to Chapter’s Library

Social Work Advocates

Mar 01, 2021

Tonie Protzman, NASW- Alaska’s executive director, said the chapter is building a library of programs that will be on demand and available to all members.

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New Mexico Chapter's Mindful Mondays Provide Social Workers With Self-Care

Social Work Advocates

Mar 01, 2021

“I think we have the responsibility as part of our social work values to make sure we’re meeting the needs of the profession and the professionals—and meeting the needs of self-care,” says New Mexico Chapter Executive Director Mika Tari.

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NASW-CT Calls for Police to Add Social Workers

NASW Connecticut Chapter

Nov 02, 2020

The Police Accountability Bill signed into law in July 2020 mandates police departments study the utilization of social workers. The NASW Connecticut Chapter sends a paper to all police chiefs in the state that highlighted ways social workers could work with law enforcement, including doing collaborative 911 call responses.

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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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Chapter Activities for Racial Justice

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

Learn about our activities for racial justice