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.

Oct 02, 2019

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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Oct 01, 2019

Jan 09, 2019

NASHVILLE, TN -- The NASW Tennessee Chapter applauds Governor Bill Haslam’s action in granting clemency to Cyntoia Brown.  The Tennessee Chapter wrote Haslam in 2018 urging him to grant clemency.  Haslam has demonstrated a consistent commitment to improving the lives of Tennessee’s children and youth. We appreciate his careful review and action on this case where a 16 year old was sentenced to life in prison.

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Dec 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is pleased to announce it is joining the steering committee of Opportunity Starts at Home, an unprecedented multi-sector campaign to advance federal policies that expand affordable housing for low-income people.   Through Opportunity Starts at Home, a broad array of leading national organizations is raising awareness about the housing affordability crisis and pushing for solutions.   Research has increasingly shown that housing is a critical driver of positive outcomes in many areas of life, including education, health, civil rights, food ...

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Dec 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- National Association of Social Workers (NASW) member SaraKay Smullens, MSW, author of the NASW Press title Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work, has been inducted into the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice (SPP2) Alumni Hall of Fame.  Smullens, who also was named Social Worker of the Year for 2018 by the Pennsylvania Chapter of NASW, is one of five “exceptional social change agents and practitioners – one representing each of the School’s five degree-programs,” the university states on its website. Smullens was deeply moved by the honor saying, &l...

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Nov 02, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the  2019 Physician Fee Schedule on November 1, 2018. The 2019 final rule for the CMS’ Quality Payment Program excludes clinical social workers from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)  reporting in 2019.    This is a victory for clinical social workers who have limited quality measures to report on and in the past have received penalties when reporting quality measures.    The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has been advocating for clinical social workers and improvements i...

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Oct 29, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) condemns the horrific violence that included the killing of 11 worshippers and injuries of six people - including four police officers - at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh over the weekend. We offer our deep condolences to the families and friends of the victims and our support to the city of Pittsburgh and Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the crime occurred.  As if the shooting of Jewish worshipers was not enough, NASW and the nation are alarmed and saddened that a white supremacist shot and killed two people who are African American at a popular grocery sto...

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Oct 09, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is deeply disappointed the Senate voted 50 to 48 on October 6 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment to serve as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.  NASW is displeased the Senate made this choice considering Kavanaugh lacks the temperament and judicial philosophy to decide on cases that will significantly impact the health and well-being of millions of Americans. His appointment tilts the philosophical balance of the Court in favor of those who would overturn settled law such as abortion rights as decided by Roe v Wade.   ...

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Oct 05, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Voice for Adoption, The North American Council on Adoptable Children, The National Association of Social Workers, and The Child Welfare League of America yesterday filed an amicus brief supporting the City of Philadelphia’s authority to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in its foster care program.  Fulton, et al. v. City of Philadelphia, et al., pending in the US Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit, considers whether Philadelphia can enforce its anti-discrimination laws against foster agencies that refuse on religious grounds to certify same-sex couples as prospective foster parents.  Phi...

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WV Substance Use Response Plan - Six regional public forums to review and provide feedback begin Oct 15

Six public meetings will be held 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (on-site registration opens at 4:00 pm) on the following dates: 

•    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 – Beckley
Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, 200 Armory Drive, Beckley, WV 25801
•    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Parkersburg
WVU Parkersburg, Multipurpose Room 1536, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104
•    Monday, October 21, 2019 – Charleston
University of Charleston, Ballroom (3rd Floor Geary Student Union), 2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Charleston, WV 25304
•    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – Martinsburg
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, Training Center, 510 South Raleigh Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
•    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – Wheeling
Wheeling University, Swint Hall Troy Theater, 316 Washington Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003
•    Thursday, October 24, 2019 – Fairmont
Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, 1000 Galliher Drive, Fairmont, WV 26554


Public comments, which will be considered by DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment during the review process, may be submitted during one of the six public meetings. Pre-registration at is recommended but not required. On-site registration begins at 4:00 pm.

Attendees can download and review a summary of the plan prior to the meeting. Those who are unable to attend can download the plan and provide online feedback.  All feedback must be received by October 25, 2019.