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Melvin Wilson Joins National Commission on Correctional Health Care Board as NASW Liaison

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) welcomes Melvin H. Wilson, MBA, LCSW, to its board of directors as the liaison of the National Association of Social Workers. The appointment took effect November 5 during the NCCHC board meeting.

Wilson has worked for NASW since 2006 and for the past five years has served as senior manager in the department of social justice and human rights. In that role, he is in charge of developing and implementing activities related to criminal justice, juvenile justice, immigration reform, economic justice and voting rights. He has extensive experience working with national coalitions that deal with criminal justice policies, legislation and practices that intersect with conditions of incarceration.

"I believe that having a representative from the country’s largest social work organizations has a mutual benefit to NCCHC and NASW," Wilson said. "I will assist NCCHC in improving services and standards of care for incarcerated individuals with health, mental health and physical disabilities, including standards for the use of segregation, especially as it relates to mental health implications."

NASW is a professional organization with 120,000 members and chapters in every state. The NCCHC board of directors is comprised of liaison from supporting organizations from the fields of health, law and corrections.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.