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

NASW-Illinois Chapter membership helps us to push for legislation that benefit Illinois social workers and the clients they serve. As the largest membership association in Illinois advocating on behalf of social workers, consider adding your voice to our efforts and join/renew your NASW membership today.

Thank you to Illinois State Senator Karina Villa and State Representative Maurice West who were able to pass Senate Bill 3779 (SB 3779) in the House today. This bill, an initiative of the NASW-Illinois Chapter and brought to us by a member of NASW-IL, amends the Social Work Practice Act to authorize social workers to carry and administer opioid antagonists if they choose. Additionally, the bill provides legal protections for social workers who carry and administer these antagonists.

SB 3779 was highlighted at this year's 2024 NASW-Illinois Chapter Advocacy Day. We would like to thank the many social work students and professionals who traveled to Springfield in April to participate in our day of social work action. Due to their efforts, the bill is now on its way to the governor's desk for signature.

For more advocacy-related news from the NASW-Illinois Chapter, visit the "Advocacy" sub-tab on our "News" page. Or check out our Bill Tracker which shows all of the bills the NASW-Illinois Chapter is tracking for the current Illinois legislative session.


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.

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