Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

Jul 01, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following is a joint statement from the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the National Association of Social Workers in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:   “We are profoundly disappointed that the nation’s highest court has ruled that there is no longer a constitutional right for individuals to access abortion services, rejecting nearly 50 years of Supreme Court precedent. This is a very personal decision and will lead to adverse mental health consequences for ...

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Jun 29, 2022

In response to the recent Supreme Court ruling, below is a list of current restrictions on abortion in West Virginia. The NASW condemns the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTION In West Virginia, the following restrictions on abortion were in effect as of June 28, 2022: A patient must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage the patient from having an abortion, and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided. The use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion is prohibited. The parent of a minor must be notified before an ab...

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Jun 22, 2021

Gov. Jim Justice announced that a 15% salary increase is a reality for 970 direct services employees of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Bureau for Social Services, effective June 18, 2022. Additionally, Gov. Justice announced a new child welfare dashboard will be published on June 1, 2022.   Eleven classifications will receive the salary increase: Adult Protective Service Worker Trainee; Adult Protective Service Worker; Adult Protective Service Supervisor; Child Protective Service Case Coordinator; Child Protective Service Worker Trainee; Child Protective Service Worker; Child Protective Ser...

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Oct 02, 2019

Ms. Wells is the Executive Director of the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition. Among other distinctions, she also serves as President of the Board for the WV Center on Budget and Policy. She earned her MSW from WVU after relocating to WV from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

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