prepared by

Karin Carreau, MSW

NASW-NYS Policy Consultant

Carreau Consulting @ The Elk Street Group 


  • ACTION ALERT: CALLS needed to counter requests to extend the social work licensure exemption! #INVESTINSOCIALWORK
      Dear Members,  Your immediate action is needed. Though we have made great strides to end the licensure exemption, our fight is far from over. As you are reading this, calls are currently being made by members of the opposition asking for this exemption to continue beyond the scheduled expiry date (July 1, 2018), using false claims to further their agenda (see myths below). Our efforts so far are getting results at the Capitol. Both the Assembly and Senate have released one-house budget bills that call for an expiration of the licensure exemption (currently set for July 1, 2018) and full implementation of the 2002 social work licensing laws that would require qualified licensed professionals be the ones to provide diagnosis and treatment of serious mental illness. (Read: NASW-NYS Thanks the Caucus for Standing with NYS Social Workers to Push Important Reforms) We are so close to ending a 14-year tradition of inequality in New York’s mental health care, but need your help ... Read more
  • ACTION ALERT: Call your legislators TODAY and tell them to invest in school social workers for safer schools! 
    Mental disorders have become all too common among children. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly one in five children from the ages 13 to 18 currently have and/or previously had a seriously debilitating mental disorder. In 2017, the New York State Council of School Superintendents released a financial survey in which an overwhelming number of their districts scored the increasing mental health needs of youth as an alarming top priority.  Schools are often the first place mental health concerns are recognized and addressed . Assemblymember Felix W. Ortiz and Senator Jesse Hamilton have introduced twin bills in the Assembly (A.9533-A) and Senate (S.7526-A) that would require public school districts to employ and provide access to at least one licensed or certified school social worker in each of the schools under their jurisdiction. By ensuring access to a school social worker to assist with students’ social emotional needs, our state is taking an important step ... Read more
  • ACTION ALERT: Call your legislator and ask them to #InvestinSocialWork
     SOCIAL WORKERS, this is urgent. Your profession needs you.   As our #InvestinSocialWork campaign continues to gain momentum at the Capitol, we are facing continued, if not increased, opposition to halt our efforts to end the licensure exemption that allows seven state agencies to hire unlicensed employees to perform mental health services – including diagnosis and treatment of (serious) mental illness – and to request a substantial state investment into the social work profession. To that end, we want to address some concerns that have been raised over the 14 years we have been advocating for an end to the exemption:   Myth: NASW-NYS wants to restrict access to care.  False. What we are looking to restrict is the number of diagnoses and treatments provided by unlicensed mental health providers.   Myth: NASW-NYS wants to delay care (inadvertently deny care).  False. At the core of the Social Work Investment Initiative is improving the quality of mental health care for all ... Read more


A B O U T    K A R I N   C A R R E A U

Karin Carreau, MSW
, Founder and Principal of Carreau Consulting, has been on the scene at the Capitol for nearly 15 years and as such, has built a strong track record of successes. Throughout her career, Carreau has provided representation on high profile issues in the arenas of juvenile justice, mental health parity, professional scope of practice licensing and continuing education issues, social services and consumer protection. Carreau created the state’s Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative and co-created the state’s program on problem gambling: The Problem Gambling Training Partnership.

Carreau has worked extensively with statewide associations to develop strategic organizational policy priorities, craft and implement issue-specific campaigns, construct public relations messaging, cultivate stakeholder engagement, and foster coalition building.