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2019 NASW-Illinois Chapter Legislative Agenda

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NASW-ILLINOIS CHAPTER LEGISLATIVE AGENDA 2019

The NASW-Illinois Chapter is guided by the policy statements that appear in Social Work Speaks 2018–2020 in its advocacy efforts, with special emphasis in 2019 on the subjects listed below.

The agenda will guide the chapter legislative and policy advocacy work during the coming year.

  • The NASW-Illinois Chapter (NASW-IL) will support the development of sufficient resources to support our state budget to help support the delivery of vital human services to Illinois citizens in need, including efforts to ensure prompt payment to providers.
  • NASW-IL will support and monitor Illinois’ implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the role social workers can play in it.
  • NASW-IL will work to protect Medicaid and its important role in the state’s healthcare safety net.
  • NASW-IL will work to expand and clarify rules and regulations surrounding telehealth services to expand access to underserved areas and populations.
  • NASW-IL will work towards a comprehensive workforce development agenda to improve coverage and access to mental health.
  • NASW-IL will work towards final passage of a statewide minimum wage increase.
  • NASW-IL will work to strengthen the social work license by reviewing and suggesting for implementation requirements for supervision training, expediated licensing and transitional licensing for MSW graduates working toward their LCSW.
  • NASW-IL will work to strengthen services and programs for current and former youth in care including strengthening ACRA. 
  • NASW-IL will work to improve education about and protections for individuals who identify as part of the LGBTQ community.
  • NASW-IL will advocate for fair and equitable insurance reimbursement rates for licensed clinical social workers.
  • NASW-IL will work to promote the hiring of social workers and advocate for the role of the social work profession in the human service sector in Illinois.
  • NASW-IL will closely monitor and review (and support when deemed appropriate) initiatives to eliminate or reduce poverty in Illinois.
  • NASW-IL will advocate for providing quality mental health services to reduce rates of recidivism, re-entry, and incarceration.
  • NASW-IL will advocate for stricter laws aimed at the reduction of mental, sexual, and physical abuse of children, women, and elderly, including expanded reporting requirements.

 The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with over 120,000 members. The NASW-Illinois Chapter is one of the association's largest chapters with over 6,000+ members in Illinois alone. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

Posted on 02/01/19 at 03:33 PM

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