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NASW's Government Relations staff is fighting hard to make the voice of professional social workers heard on Capitol Hill. The most effective way to express our ideas and vision, however, is through our members. Having a network of professional social workers willing to contact their members of Congress - via letter, e-mail, or office visits regarding specific issues is essential, ensuring that NASW's legislative agenda is addressed in the Senate and House of Representatives.
Learn about NASW’s key issues and about NASW's positions on these issues.
- View information on current legislation and key bill in congress.
- NASW Submits Testimony to Congress on Child Welfare Issues (7/1/2011)
- NASW Statements/Letters
- Sign On Letters
- School Social Work
- TANF Reauthorization
- Health Care Reform
- Loan Forgiveness
- News from the Hill
It has been widely reported that President Obama has taken the extraordinary step of nominating three individuals to fill the remaining vacancies of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (also known as the D.C. Circuit Court) This step is extraordinary because: (1) There is a critical need to fill all the vacancies on this important court and (2) submitting multiple nominations is a White House strategy to protect against filibustering against the Presidentâ€™s judicial nominees.
The establishment of reasonable and more effective drug policies associated with the criminal justice system should be of great interest to the social work profession. NASW believes that clinical intervention can be a tool for reducing rates of incarceration in the United States. Policies and programs that address over-incarceration by diverting low-level drug offenders from imprisonment to treatment-oriented alternatives are explored in this brief.
- The National Association of Social Workers Commends the Department of Justice on the Smart on Crime Initiative (08/15/2013)