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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!
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 Loan Forgiveness
Click here to read the position paper
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 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.
•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
Click a below link for a briefing on that topic:
FY 2024 Briefing Book- Full Document
FY 2024 New York State Executive Budget: Health and Mental Hygiene Article VII Legislation
Yellow Book: A Review and Analysis of the FY2024 Executive Budget by the NYS Assembly
Blue Book: A Review and Analysis of the FY2024 Executive Budget by the NYS Senate Majority
White Book: A Review and Analysis of the FY2024 Executive Budget by the NYS Senate Minority
The People's Budget: A Budget Analysis and Proposal from the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus
• Resources for Medicaid Unwinding Expand
U.S. Department of Labor Flyer Losing Medicaid or CHIP? (dol.gov)
Families USA Factsheet: Lost Medicaid or CHIP? Learn How to Stay Covered
CMS article Unwinding Special Enrollment Period (SEP) FAQ
HHS Report from the Office of The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Medicaid Enrollees Who are Employed: Implications for Unwinding the Medicaid Continuous Enrollment Provision | ASPE (hhs.gov)
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.