NASW Social Work Policy Institute
The Coalition for Policy Education and Practice in Social Work, of which NASW is a member, sponsored the summit, "Maximizing Social Work’s Impact in a Changing Political Landscape," in April 2017. A report, action brief, resource list, and graphic recording from the summit are available on the Web site of the NASW Social Work Policy Institute.
Despite advocacy from NASW and other stakeholders, data
collection on gender identity was excluded yet again in the federal government's proposed version of the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP). The NSOAAP
yields important data that improves social service delivery to older adults in
home and community settings. Read NASW’s comments urging the Administration for Community Living to
enable transgender older adults to self-identify in the 2019 NSOAAP.
Administration for Community Living
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has published the final version of
its Principles for Person-directed Services and Supports during Serious Illness. NASW provided input on a draft version of the document. These principles promote the right and ability of people with serious illness
to direct their care and services. The principles will also inform policy
discussions and enhance existing programs and services within ACL related to
serious illness among older adults and individuals with disabilities.
In November 2017, NASW
submitted comments regarding the Center for Medicare
& Medicaid Innovation's proposed new direction. Among other topics, the association encouraged the Innovation Center to incorporate social work in team-based care models and to evaluate staffing patterns within such models.
Chris Herman, MSW, LICSW
Awareness Month in September and will participate
in the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress in October. Read this new blog to
learn what the association is doing to promote integrative pain care and to find resources
that will enhance your practice.
is a federally funded program that enhances
the capacity of health professions practitioners and students (including social
workers), direct care workers, and family caregivers to care for older adults.
In mid-July the House Appropriations Committee voted to reduce GWEP funding in
fiscal year 2018 by $4 million—a 10% cut for a program that is already quite
modest. The Senate subsequently voted to fund GWEP at the fiscal year 2017 level. The federal budget has yet to be finalized; send an e-mail, using NASW’s advocacy alert, to urge your
members of Congress to increase funding for GWEP. For additional information,
visit the GWEP page of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance,
of which NASW is a member.
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