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March 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.


March is Social Work Month which was first established in 1964! This year's Social Work Month theme, "Empowering Social Workers! Inspiring Action, Leading Change," is elevating the importance of social workers deserving better compensation for the important work they do. Learn more about this year's theme and rationale at:


There are many events throughout the month to educate, inspire and connect with other social workers. Our district event, “High School’s Over – Now What? Independence for Youth after High School” will be held on March 7th from 4:30-6:30pm. Register at:

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

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:


2023 NASW-Illinois Chapter Legislative Awards Announced

We are proud to announce this year’s 2023 NASW-Illinois Chapter Legislative Award recipients for their efforts during the 2023 spring legislative session. Illinois State Senator Karina Villa, MSW, and Illinois State Representative Lindsey LaPointe, MSW, were imperative to getting House Bill 2365 (HB2365), a bill which created an alternative to the ASWB clinical exam for clinical licensure, passed and signed into law in Illinois. This alternative incorporates an apprentice approach to evaluating the competence and capabilities of aspiring social workers, offering them a fair and unbiased opportunity to demonstrate their qualifications. Click here to learn more about implementation of this bill, or click here to read our full article about this year’s legislative awardees.


2024 NASW-IL Advocacy Day

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

For the first time since 2019, this year's Advocacy Day is back IN PERSON! Join the NASW-Illinois Chapter on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, for our annual day of social work advocacy with other social work professionals and students. This year's Advocacy Day has been restructured to further enhance students and social workers' advocacy skills and ability to lobby directly to elected officials and their staffers. Read more about the day as well as register by clicking here.


Accepting Nominations for the 2024 Social Work Awards

DEADLINE: Monday, April 22, 2024

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Awards! This year, we are looking for outstanding individuals whose work has supported and promoted the social work profession and the people it serves. Nominations will be accepted for the following award categories: Social Worker of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Public Citizen of the Year, and Emerging Leader. To read more about the award categories and requirements as well as request a nomination, click here.


Call for Presenters! 2024 NASW Chapters Virtual Conference

DEADLINE: 9am Central Time on Wednesday, May 1, 2024

This year's annual conference has been announced! This year's 2024 NASW Chapters Virtual Conference: Empowering Social Workers will be hosted by the NASW-Illinois, Nevada, and North Dakota Chapters, and take place on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8, 2024. Presenters are invited to submit 60-minute presentations on a diverse array of topics including (but not limited to) cultural competency and implicit bias as it affects the social work profession. Preference will be given to dynamic presenters whose presentations are creative, interactive, and audience-engaged. To read more about presentation requirements as well as submit a presentation, click here.


Other Chapter News:

·         February 2024 - Student Network SIG Update:

·         NASW Seeks Public Comments School Social Work Practice Standards:

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

·         Optum/United Healthcare Issuing Overpayment Notices to Providers: Important Information and Steps to Take -

·         NASW Tips & Tools for Social Workers: Optum/United Behavioral Health Overpayments -

·         Ask NASW-IL: How can I utilize the alternative to the ASWB exam to get my LCSW?

·         IDFPR Licensure Renewal Requirements for 2023–2025:

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

·         Social Work Profession One Step Closer to Interstate Licensure Compact:

·         February 14, 2023 Update on the Social Work Interstate Compact:


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

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