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July 2024 - Northeastern District Update

Jacki Brunk (she/her), LCSW

Northeastern District Chair

Welcome to the monthly district update for the Northeastern District! Read on for important information regarding your local district as well as statewide events.


Please reach out to me with comments, questions and/or suggestions about the information NASW shares with you. I also want to hear from you regarding topics or speakers that interest you. I encourage you to continue to check the website for other events and trainings you may be interested in:  

Photo of professional woman Jacki Brunk, NASW-IL Northeastern District Chair, in green sweater and red glasses
Jacki Brunk, LCSW, NASW-IL Northeastern District Chair


Save the Date! 2024 NASW Chapters Conference

This year’s 2024 NASW Chapters Conference has been announced! This two-day virtual conference will be hosted with our sister chapters, NASW-Nevada and North Dakota, and will take place on Thursday, November 7 & Friday, November 8, 2024. Stay tuned as more information is available! Read more at:


2024 Social Work Rule Changes Approved for Social Work Professionals

As reported earlier in April, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) met on May 14, 2024, and approved changes made by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to the Administrative Code sections that apply to social work (Social Work “Rules”). These changes will have significant implications for new and existing social workers. While we are still working on updating our website pages and content to reflect these new changes, you can read about the major changes that have taken affect here:


2024 Federal Requirements for IL Social Workers

At the beginning of the year, the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) went into effect, affecting the work of social workers across the United States. This new law requires certain companies (including LLCs, PLLCs, LLPs, LLLPs, and more) formed or operating in the US to report information about their beneficial owners to the US Department of Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Learn more about the CTA, who it affects, and what you may need to do to comply in this month's NASW Legal Defense Fund article, "Corporate Transparency Act" (NASW Membership required):


Final 2024 Spring Session Legislative Updates

As we close out a busy spring legislative season, we’ve been posting the latest advocacy updates to the Chapter News page. You can read the latest there, and click on the “Advocacy” sub-tab for the latest. Don’t forget about the NASW-Illinois Chapter Bill Tracker! This new key feature shows all of the bills we’ve been tracking this session and gives (relative) real-time updates of where the status of bills are. Check out the NASW-IL Bill Tracker here.

·         Senate Bill 3779 passes in IL House, giving social workers essential authorization to aid victims of opioid crisis:

·         Senate Bill 3138 Passes in Both IL Houses, Securing Educational Scholarships for Former Foster Children:

·         HB 5457 passes out of IL Senate, providing reasonable accommodations during licensing exams for those whose primary language is not English:


“Ask NASW-IL” Series

We’ve posted several “Ask NASW-IL” questions in the past month relating to questions we’ve been receiving at the chapter. Click through the links below to learn more!

·         How can I utilize the alternative to the ASWB exam to get my LCSW?


For a complete list of archived “Ask NASW-IL” articles, go to:


Other Chapter News:

·         Shining a Light on COVID-19: Social Work Interventions for Older African Americans:

·         NASW-IL Chapter Board of Directors Statement:

·         NASW-IL Policy Position Statement on Compensated Practicum Education:

·         Optum United Behavioral Health Responds to NASW Letter:

·         Partial Loan Repayment Assistance Available to IL Social Work Graduates Working in IL Schools and Municipalities:

·         Illinois Breaks Barriers in Mental Health Workforce, Achieving Remarkable Growth in Licensed Social Workers (LSWs):

·         IDFPR Licensure Renewal Requirements for 2023–2025:

·         Partial Loan Repayment Assistance Available to Those Working in Community Mental Health Centers:

For more news, go to the NASW-Illinois Chapter News page:



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