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Legislative Advocacy- The Power of Social Work in Action
One of the primary goals of NASW-NYS is to provide comprehensive political and legislative representation for our membership and the populations they serve. The NASW-NYS policy staff, in conjunction with the Advocacy & Government Relations Committee, works to identify issues of importance to our membership and to the social work profession at large. These issues reflect the diversity of the profession and range from mental health parity to social work reimbursement rates, and from mandatory continuing education to same-sex marriage.
It is the job of the Advocacy and Government Relations Committee, comprised of one representative from each of the ten divisions, to develop the Chapter's 2013 Legislative Principles; the document that ultimately guides the Chapter’s legislative operations in the long run.
The Advocacy and Government Relations Committee and Chapter policy staff work hard to ensure that the myriad of issues affecting social workers and the populations they serve are reflected in the agenda. However, our strength in the legislative arena can only be as great as our members allow. Your participation is critical! Through your involvement in issues that are of importance to you, YOU can directly affect the success of our advocacy efforts. By taking a small amount of time to make a phone call or write a letter, YOU can help make the social work profession a force in the New York State policy arena.
In the Legislative Advocacy section of our website, you will find all of the issues on which NASW-NYS is currently concentrating. If any of these issues are important to you, we ask that you take the time to educate yourself using our memoranda and other briefing papers provided. (Archived Memoranda)
Below you will find a number of sections of the Legislative Advocacy section of our website. Click on the links to learn more or to take action. Also, should you have any questions about any policy issues that NASW-NYS is working on, or if you think there is an issue that should be called to our attention, you may contact one of the Chapter policy staff.
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