Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Social workers, like many health and behavioral health professionals, are concerned about the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on their well-being, the people to whom they provide services, their families, and others in the community.

NASW has been working on multiple fronts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure access to services, such as teletherapy. Social workers are in a unique position to promote disease prevention efforts (including disseminating accurate information from trusted sources), and to help address anxiety and other concerns that are arising as a result of this public health crisis.

Below are resources to support social workers in this role. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, NASW will continue to monitor developments and work to protect social workers and the clients we serve.

Free NASW Webinars

Telebehavioral Health and Your Clinical Practice Since Covid-19

This workshop will explore the new rulings and guidelines since a public health emergency was declared in January 2020 that affects the provision of clinical services via telehealth. We will discuss the new rules and waivers with Medicare and Medicaid, offer a quick-start guide to establishing a telehealth practice, and more.

Key Developments in Medicare Telehealth Options During COVID-19

This pre-recorded webinar provides an update on guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on enhanced telehealth (including teletherapy) options for Medicare beneficiaries during the current COVID-19 public health emergency.

Kathryn Conley Wehrmann

NASW President on the Coronavirus Pandemic

We must protect our own health and ensure we are doing nothing to endanger those who are considered at high risk.

Read Dr. Wehrmann's statement

News Release

$2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package Will Support Social Workers, Clients They Serve

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NASW 2020 National Conference

NASW is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Based on the information we have at this time, the NASW 2020 National Conference, scheduled for June 14-17, 2020, is proceeding as planned. We continue monitoring updates by the WHO, the CDC and local public health authorities and will provide updates if our plans change.

Learn about the NASW 2020 National Conference

Student Loan Payments During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Student loan borrowers can apply for income-driven repayment plans if their income is reduced as a result of COVID-19.

Learn more about student debt relief