Thank you to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, State Senator Sara Feigenholtz, State Representative Stephanie A. Kifowit, and the support of NASW-Illinois Chapter members—their collective effort resulted in the signing of Senate Bill 2323 (SB 2323) into law on August 27, 2021, amending the Children and Family Services Act (CFSA) and prohibits the use of restraints on youth-in-care, including chemical, manual, and mechanical restraints, during the provision of any transportation services provided or arranged by the Department of Children and Family Services or its contractual assigns. The NASW-Illinois Chapter was a coalition member on this bill which was led by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and Cook County Public Guardian. This bill takes effect immediately.
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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 representing over 20.000 licensed Illinois social workers and school social workers, with over 5,000 active members. NASW strives to advance social work careers, grow social work businesses, and protect the profession.