LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: SUCCESS! Your voice was heard in the 2019-20 budget.


NASW-NYS is thrilled to share the following legislative accomplishments with our members:

Thanks in large part to your grassroots advocacy, the NASW-NYS Chapter’s Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative was included in the final budget. As a result, we can continue our vital work supporting New York’s veterans!

In addition, through a partnership between Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and community advocates, the final budget also included an expansion of the state’s mental health parity benefits.

Another hard-fought victory was realized in partnership with the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work (NYSSCSW) in finally including LCSWs as providers in the Workers Compensation program.

And finally, as you are all aware, as part of the Social Work Investment Initiative, we worked hard to secure dollars for both the New York State and New York City Chapters to develop an English as a Second Language (ESL) test preparation program. The final budget includes $150,000 to begin this program. More details to follow!

We hope you will join us in celebrating these amazing accomplishments that would not have been possible without your continued support and advocacy. We also hope this will serve as a reminder of what the power of social work can accomplish!

Please stay tuned for a full report on our work this legislative session!

Amelia Lochner Malavé
Author: Amelia Lochner Malavé