NASW-IL Publishes Workforce Evaluation Report
Joel L. Rubin, MSW, ACSW, CAE
NASW-Illinois Chapter Executive Director
This month, the chapter is publishing our study on the social work workforce here Illinois. The summary report, “An Evaluation of the Illinois Social Work Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities,” was funded by the Telligen Community Initiative and represents a culmination of work conducted during 2020. The report calls on the state of Illinois to help Illinois support its most vulnerable citizens in need of services by making the following recommendations to the state:
Promote the social work profession as a key component of the state’s mental health workforce
Expand the pipeline of qualified and diverse individuals to enter the social work profession through higher education tuition support
Work with employers and state agencies to promote a diverse human service, health, and mental health workforce by hiring social workers as organizational leaders who reflect the consumers of human services
Support employers to provide incentives to reflect the important role that social work can play in strengthening services in rural Illinois.
To read the full report, click here.
Starting this month, I will be discussing the findings and recommendations of the report with stakeholders across the state in order to begin work on strengthening the social work workforce by addressing challenges and barriers and creating opportunities to diversify the profession. If your organization or school is interested in participating in these discussions, please contact the chapter.
I personally would like to thank the many social work employers and social work school leadership who participated in our focus groups last year throughout the state of Illinois as well as individual students and social workers who participated in the online surveys. I also want to thank Philip Hong, PhD, and. Rana Hong, PhD, our research partners at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work.