Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD)

LEAD

Legislative Education and Advocacy Day

Registration deadline extended to February 28!

2019 LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION AND
ADVOCACY DAY (LEAD)

MARCH 5, 2019

in ALBANY, NY

 
 

WHAT IS LEAD?

LEADERSHIP BUILDING
EDUCATIONAL
ADVOCACY
DAY AT THE CAPITOL

Social Work Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) is a legislative event hosted by the National Association of Social Workers - New York State (NASW-NYS) Chapter, the New York State Social Work Education Association (NYSSWEA), the New York State Association of the Deans of Schools of Social Work, and the National Association of Social Workers - New York City (NASW-NYC) Chapter that brings hundreds of social work students and professionals to the Capitol. The goal of this event is to further social workers’ knowledge about policy issues in substantive areas of social work practice, teach participants about legislative advocacy, and provide an opportunity for social workers to lobby on behalf of specific legislation.

This year's LEAD event is on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! The registration deadline has been extended to Thursday, February 28, 2019.


WHAT TO EXPECT

LEAD is open to both social work students and professionals. Attendees will visit their legislators throughout the day via legislative appointments or blanket canvassing to advocate for our issues. Attendees may also opt to serve as group leaders, responsible for leading the assigned meetings with legislators.

Information, updates, and resources pertaining to 2019 LEAD will be emailed DIRECTLY to your email address. As such, please ensure your email address is correctly filled out when registering.

9:00AM - 9:30AM Arrival/Meet at West Capitol Park/Check-In (Outside)
9:30AM - 10:30AM Rally at West Capitol Park
10:30AM - 11:00AM Proceed to the NYS Capitol/Legislative Office Building (LOB)/Empire State Plaza (Concourse Meeting Rooms 3 & 4)
NASW-NYS will provide directions to your next legislative activity/location
11:00AM - 3:00PM Legislative Appointments and/or Blanket Canvassing
Please refer to your legislative packet for information on time and location
3:00PM - 3:30PM Closing Program
Drop off Legislative Visit Feedback Forms at Empire State Plaza (Concourse Meeting Rooms 3&4)
Regroup for Departure

Coming soon!

See the following links for information regarding parking and getting to the Empire State Plaza. https://empirestateplaza.ny.gov/

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WHAT WE ARE ADVOCATING FOR

2019 LEAD ISSUES

**Important update regarding the NYS DREAM Act/New LEAD Topic**

As you may have heard, the NYS Legislature recently passed the José Peralta DREAM Act. We applaud the Legislature’s initiative in tackling a decade-long effort to ensure that undocumented persons have access to higher education and professional opportunities in New York. We know that diversity benefits all of us and the DREAM Act helps a diverse population realize the American Dream.

In light of the Legislature’s action, we have decided to turn our focus for LEAD to the Racial Equity Assessment in Legislation (REAL) Act, which would require that the Legislature create a mechanism by which all bills be viewed through a racial equity lens. This is the first time we have ever had to change a LEAD topic, but it is with good reason: our first advocacy goal was achieved!

We hope you will continue to join us in Alban on Tuesday, March 5, to ensure both racial equity and a strong financial investment in the social work profession are realized in 2019!

RACIAL EQUITY ASSESSMENT IN LEGISLATION (REAL) ACT

The Racial Equity Assessment in Legislation (REAL) Act, is a bill that would require that the NYS Legislature to create a mechanism by which all bills be viewed through a racial equity lens. This process will help ensure that the laws passed to protect and support New Yorkers, do so for all New Yorkers.

 

SOCIAL WORK INVESTMENT INITIATIVE

On March 30, 2018, the Legislature passed the Health and Mental Hygiene budget bill, which called for the full and complete implementation of the 2002 licensing laws and included most of our exact language related to diagnosis, treatment, and non-licensed tasks – effectively ending the 14-year licensure exemption. However, it is imperative that our proposed amendments be enacted in conjunction with a financial commitment to invest in the social work profession. As such, we continue to advocate for funds to support loan forgiveness, test prep, and workforce studies to help identify where additional supports are needed.

RESOURCES

WHAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE

FIND YOUR SENATOR

Use the button below to find your NYS Senate representative using the address you are registered to vote with (If that option is not available, you may enter your school's address). You may also call the NYS Senate Switchboard to find your Senator.

NYS Senate Switchboard: 518-455-2800

HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW

Understanding the process of a bill becomes law in New York State.

FIND YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER

Use the button below to find your NYS Assembly representative using the address you are registered to vote with (If that option is not available, you may enter your school's address). You may also call the NYS Assembly Switchboard to find your Assemblymember.

NYS Assembly Switchboard: 518-455-4100

MEETING TIPS

Some tips to help you prepare for your meeting with your legislator.


2019 SPONSORS

National Association of Social Workers - New York State Chapter

New York State Association of Deans of Schools of Social Work

 

New York State Social Work Education Association

National Association of Social Workers - New York City Chapter

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about LEAD, please contact the NASW-NYS Chapter at info.naswnys@socialworkers.org or at 518-463-4741.