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Together, members and staff represent social work in legislative settings, local and national media, and at the forefront of social change. Pursuit of the Chapter advocacy agenda is achieved through advocating directly at the NYS Legislature, government agencies, and other organizations; finding creative sources of funding for professional development opportunities as they relate to the legislative landscape for members; and staffing and assisting the Political Action for Candidate Election committee. At the New York State Chapter, we are here to amplify your voice!

Develop Our Legislative Agenda

Only members are invited to participate and lead on our Advocacy and Government Relations (AGR) Committee. The AGR Committee serves as the backbone of the Chapter’s policy and social justice agenda by defining our legislative agenda, creating an actionable strategy, and mobilizing our membership.




Capitol Action Day

This yearly event mobilizes our members to advocate on the our legislative agenda with policy makers in person and online. Our goal is to give our members the tools they need to advocate for themselves and their clients year round, creating a loud thunder of social work voices that cannot be ignored.




Advance Social Work Through Election

Only members are eligible to sit on the Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee. PACE endorses campaign candidates on behalf of the Chapter, makes financial contributions to candidates who support NASW’s policy agenda, and enhances social workers electoral presence. It is our mission to increase the number of social workers that are elected officials in New York State.



The following legislative priorities were determined by the 2022-2023 Advocacy and Government Relations Committee. Click here to learn more about this committee and the social workers participating in this work.

Social Work Salaries
Click here for the position paper
Click here for the 2022 Social Work Salary Analysis Report
Click here for the Social Work Salary Infographic

Social Work Loan Forgiveness
Click here
to read the position paper

2023 Letters to NYS Legislature
Click here for the 2023 Request Letter to the Legislature
Click here for the proposed Budget Cuts

Our legislative priorities are issues that impact and intersect with all social workers. Beyond these priorities, we participate in coalitions, partner with organizations, and provide direct comment and recommendations on a variety of issues and bills that are in line with the values of social work. Click the letter title to read the document.

•Memo in Support: Employment of Mental Health Professionals by School Districts
• Memo in Support: Family Miranda Rights Act
Memo in Support: Strengthening New York Paid Medical Leave
•Memo in Support: End Predatory Court Fees Act
•Memo in Support: Restore Home Care Access
•Memo in Support: Good Cause Eviction
•Memo in Support: Social Work Workforce Act
Social Work Workforce Act Press Release

Legislative priorities determined by the Advocacy and Government Relations Committee focus directly on social work practice and workforce. The Chapter works in partnerships and coalitions that advocate for social justice issues that impact the clients and communities we serve, and the systems social workers encounter through their work.

NY Renews
NY Renews is a coalition of over 350 environmental, justice, faith, labor, and community groups, and the force behind the nation’s most progressive climate law. Click here to learn more.

Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice
Katal is building leadership and organizing capacity to end mass incarceration and the drug war, and advance equity, health, and justice for everyone. Click here to learn more. Click here to register for an upcoming Monthly NY Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call.

PARSE Coalition: Prevent Addiction and Support Recovery in Employment
Committed to creating a culture of recovery-supportive workplaces within New York State that actively develops resources for preventing substance use and addiction. Click here to learn more.

Legal Defense Fund: NYSVRA
The NYVRA builds on the strongest parts of the landmark federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 to protect New York voters against discrimination. Click here to learn more.

JMACforFamilies is a non-profit organization working to dismantle the current child welfare system while simultaneously investing in community support that keeps families together. Click here to learn more. Click here for their presentation with us on Mandated Reporting, to Supporting.

NASW-NYS Guide to the 2023 Budget

2023 End-Of-Session Report

LMSW/LCSW Scope of Practice FAQ
NYS Legislation Relevant to Social Workers
2023 Advocacy Toolkit
Find your Representative
Voting is Social Work
Talking to Your Legislator
FY 2024 Budget Highlights
2023 Gubernatorial & Legislative Priorities Expand

Resources for Medicaid Unwinding Expand





Act Now campaigns connect social workers to their legislators through email, phone, and in person to advocate on issues that impact the systems we work in, our practice, clients, and communities. Act Now campaigns  rally and mobilize supporters and maximizes the impact of our legislative efforts by amplifying the voices social worker across all levels of government.

These prefilled advocacy letters make it possible for social workers to take immediate action on issues that are reviewed and recommended by a committee of their peers. We encourage you to personalize the letter or script with your relevant experience(s), research, and/or case examples.

Simply click the title of one of our current Act Now campaigns and take 3 minutes to add your name and voice to a chorus of social work advocacy that cannot be ignored.