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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 03, 2017

Action would enable funding, develop policies to prevent gun injuries, fatalities WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) expresses its condolences to the families of the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s history. NASW shares the frustrations that many Americans are experiencing after hearing the news of the horrendous violence inflicted on people who were merely enjoying a concert on a beautiful fall evening. Like many, NASW believes it is time to put an end to the epidemic of gun violence in our nation.  There has been a ...

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Oct 03, 2017

STATEMENT: Our nation grieves after yet another horrific mass shooting. This one has occurred close to home at an outdoor concert on our Las Vegas strip. The actions of a lone individual resulted in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The National Association of Social Workers Nevada Chapter offers its deepest sympathies to the victims’ families and friends, and visitors to our city. Social workers will support the direct provision of behavioral health, care coordination, and social services to the individuals and their loved ones. State and local government officials will look to social workers to help them miti...

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Sep 07, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and will work with allied organizations and Congress to continue protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. President Trump’s decision to revoke DACA dismays us. The order is cruel, unwise and unjustified and could lead to a mass deportation of some 800,000 young people. There is little doubt that DACA has been a successful program during its five years of existence. DACA recipients or &ld...

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Jul 26, 2017

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) calls on President Trump to rescind his plan to ban people who are transgender from serving in the U.S. military. This change, tweeted on the implementation of a policy change made by the Obama Administration, is blatantly disrespectful to and clearly disregards the honorable service of all transgender and gender non-conforming service members. NASW is against the military ban and any form of discrimination, including discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don&r...

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Jun 06, 2017

NASW calls on Congress to protect vulnerable citizens by rejecting budget request WASHINGTON, D.C. – The full fiscal year 2018 budget request released by President Trump would shred this nation’s social safety net and the National Association of Social Workers urges Congress stand up for our nation’s most vulnerable citizens and reject it. It has often been said that a presidential budget is a statement of values. If that is true, then the Trump administration submitted a budget on May 23 that effectively devalues the needs of many low- and moderate-income Americans. In reviewing the president’s spending proposals, ...

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May 04, 2017

American Health Care Act would have a devastating impact on the health of nation’s most vulnerable WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) strongly opposes legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act because it would have a devastating impact on the health our nation’s most vulnerable citizens and make it more difficult to provide affordable health care for poor and low-income Americans. The House today narrowly passed a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217-213. The revisions included new amendments that were fashioned to appeal to both conservative...

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Apr 04, 2017

Association analyzes budget’s impact on housing, feeding programs, environment, other programs WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump’s newly released a FY 2018 budget that would greatly harm a wide and diverse range of America’s most vulnerable citizens. Most of those negatively impacted by the 2018 budget proposal are those who have already been excluded from the growth in jobs and improvements in our economy since the Recession of 2008. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is deeply disappointed with a budget that clearly reflects a disregard for maintaining the social safety net and strengthening the ...

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Mar 31, 2017

Opponents of ACA may still attempt to “gut” it through administrative, budgetary actions WASHINGTON, D.C. – The leadership of the House of Representatives on March 23 canceled a vote on the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA). Our collective voice through National Association of Social Workers (NASW) members, NASW chapters, NASW National Office, and many other national organizations was heard and it made a difference. This means that those who rely on the Medicaid safety net will be protected. However, while we can be thankful that AHCA was pulled, we cannot assume that the Affordable Care Act will no longer be...

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Feb 14, 2017

There are indications Judge Gorsuch’s judicial philosophy may be in opposition to social work values WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is withholding support for the Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Although Judge Gorsuch’s judicial record is relatively sparse as it relates to the foremost issues of the day there are indications his judicial philosophy may conflict with social work values. President Trump on Jan. 31 nominated Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in Februa...

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Feb 13, 2017

National Association of Social Workers and Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care say no individual or family should lose access to health care WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) transformed our health care system and extended health insurance coverage to over 20 million individuals. Steps are in place to undo the progress we have made. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) oppose efforts to fully repeal the ACA which will abolish advances that have been made for consumers and providers thanks to the law. Repeal of t...

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