The National Association of Social Workers, in conjunction with the Advocacy and Government Relations Committee, work to identify issues of importance to our membership and to the social work profession at large. These issues are ever-evolving, reflect the diversity of the profession, and cover a wide range of topics but are always guided by the following principles.

NASW-NYS Legislative Guiding Principles

Nationally, NASW is the largest professional organization of social workers with over 115,000 members in 55 Chapters (NASW-NYS is the second largest Chapter in the entire state).

While our policy priorities change over time, they remain rooted in our mission statement and therefore reflect a wide breadth and swath of issues as reflected in the following:

  • The strength, unity, identity and status of the social work profession NASW-NYS has an ongoing commitment to give voice to the profession of social work, thereby assuring the field’s specific skill sets and specialized knowledge base germane to care coordination, case management, and the provision of clinical services are recognized as a vitally important component of service delivery throughout the state’s multi-faceted and evolving system. As such, our advocacy work will continue to focus on the promotion of policies that uphold the high standards of education, experience and quality practice of social work services through our work related to licensure implementation, scope of practice protections, and varying mechanisms of reimbursement structures often impacting service delivery.

  • “The enhancement of social work practice” Our advocacy work will also focus on the creation and advancement of policies that seek to enhance and maintain workforce development and increase employment opportunities for members of the social work profession. As such, we will focus on policy development related to the broadening of practice settings, expansion of access to education through loan forgiveness and high quality continuing education. In addition, NASW-NYS will continue to play an integral role in the development and execution of policies associated with implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

  • “Policies, services and programs that promote social and economic justice ” NASW-NYS also maintains its commitment to ensuring that every New Yorker, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, political belief, religion, citizenship status, place of residence, veterans status, disability or socioeconomic status, has access to the resources and services necessary to maintain at least a minimum quality standard of living through the promotion and encouragement of policies that afford all citizens access to economic security, educational opportunities, appropriate health and mental health care and affordable housing. NASW-NYS recognizes the importance of improving social conditions in respect to poverty, unemployment, and discrimination, and will therefore support initiatives that address these issues, as well as other forms of injustice.



Adopted by the NASW-NYS Board of Directors: December of 2010