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Villa Introduces Measure to Declare Social Work Month in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Newly inaugurated state Rep. Karina Villa, D-West Chicago, is honoring her previous profession as a school social worker by introducing a measure that would declare March of 2019 as Social Work Month in Illinois.

“Social workers are on the frontlines of the major issues that people face every day, from equipping people to handle their mental illness to coping with crisis in their communities and helping struggling families to meet their basic needs,” Villa said. “Oftentimes, social work can feel like a thankless profession, with programs often being the first to be cut in state funding.”

Villa’s House Resolution 70 would designate March of 2019 as Social Work Month in Illinois. In the United States, social workers make up the largest portion of mental health providers. Illinois has over 20,000 social workers employed by schools, social service agencies and the military who work to enhance the wellbeing of families, children and veterans.

“During the recent budget crisis, thousands of social workers faced unstable employment even though these individuals were needed by the people in their communities more than ever,” Villa said. “Despite the challenges, social workers go to their jobs every day because they know that the most vulnerable people in our communities depend on them. These professionals deserve recognition from their government leaders, and I’m encouraging my fellow lawmakers to honor these hardworking public servants.”

Posted on 02/05/19 at 03:06 PM

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