Our voice at the Capitol.
One of the core values of social work is social justice and the charge to pursue social change for persons who live in poverty, face discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. NASW-NYS fulfills this value through our advocacy agenda. We believe that our members are experts in their area of practice as well as the challenges their clients face on a daily basis. Our members create our advocacy agenda through the Advocacy and Government Relations Committee. Chapter staff support the members by implementing the agenda and creating innovative methods for social workers to advocate directly with legislators. Our joint efforts focus on protecting your career, defending your scope of practice, advancing legislation to expand practice opportunities, securing funding for membership workforce development programming and providing visibility on a number of social justice issues.
Help elevate the voice of social work at the NYS Capitol
As we pause to celebrate this historic legislative milestone, please consider donating to the NASW-NYS Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE). PACE is the political action arm of the NASW at the federal and state level. Your support allows us to further our work by advancing our legislative priorities and your contribution to NASW-NYS PACE will support candidates who are social workers and social work friendly.
Please consider donating today!
Please mail completed forms to NASW-NYS PACE at 188 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
A sampling of our many successes include:
- Ended several attempts to permanently exempt state agencies from social work licensure requirements
- Provided a strong social work voice in the efforts to Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility
- Halted several attempts of scope of practice impingement
- Removed potentially devastating budget language regarding scope of practice
- Amended potentially harmful regulatory language related to school counselor scope of practice
- Secured legislation to allow LMSWs and LCSWs to administer the life-saving antidote to a heroin overdose
- Secured permanent reauthorization and expansion of the social work loan forgiveness program
- Stemmed school social worker cuts
- Secured waiver authorizing non for profit corporations to employ licensed social workers
- Secured reimbursement of LCSW services to children under 19 and pregnant women
- Created (and secured ongoing funding) for the Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative (to date, has trained over 1600 social workers in veterans specific issues)
- Created and secured ongoing funding for Problem Gambling Partnership Training Program
- Repealed a provision prohibiting licensed social workers from providing alcohol and substance abuse assessments and treatment
- Secured passage of the states mental health parity statute
- Secured passage of legislation that would prohibit licensed mental health professionals from engaging in so-called “conversion therapy” to change a minor’s sexual orientation, gender expression, and/or gender identity.