WHAT HAS NASW WI DONE FOR ME RECENTLY?
NASW WI’s Executive Director wrote a letter to the Rock County Human Services Board in strong opposition to a proposal to require body cameras for social workers. He was also quoted in the Beloit Daily News and featured on Madison Channel 15 on this issue. The proposal was withdrawn by its sponsor.
NASW WI’s Executive Director spoke at a press conference on behalf of the Higher Education Lower Debt Bill. This bill would allow Wisconsin residents to refinance their federal student loans at a very low interest rate and to deduct the principle of their loan from their state taxes.
NASW WI’s Executive Director successful stopped a Department of Safety and Professional Services rule that would have allowed social workers without any clinical social work training to apply for the clinical social work licensure.
NASW WI’s Executive Director spoke at a public hearing of the Assembly Committee on Mental Health Reform in opposition to Department of Health Services’ rules that prohibit LCSW’s in private practice from receiving reimbursement for providing services at in-home settings and in schools.
NASW WI organized a lobby day that brought 383 social work practitioners and students to the State Capitol where they lobbied their legislators on: 1) Social Work Safety Bill; 2) Higher Education Lower Debt bill 3) State Budget; 4) Medicaid Financing and 5) Ban the Box.
NASW WI’s MSW student intern spoke at a State Senate and State Assembly hearing promoting the Pet Protection Act, which will provide protection to the pets of victims of domestic violence.
NASW WI wrote a position statement, which was distributed to all State Senators in opposition to a bill that would eliminate the 48 hour waiting period for the purchase of hand guns.
NASW WI’s Executive Director was interviewed by Milwaukee Fox TV regarding an investigation into students who have enrolled in the University of Phoenix’s on-line Human Services program under the false understanding that they could become social workers with their degree.
NASW WI’s South Central Branch has organized a Task Force that is investigating problems that Medicaid clients experience trying to access mental health services through two HMO’s in Dane County.
NASW WI created a Task Force on Jobs and Salaries that is currently putting together a Fact Sheet on Hospital Social Work that will be distributed to hospitals and medical facilities statewide to promote the hiring of social workers.
In January 2015 NASW WI started a resume writing and cover letter review service for members.
Every week NASW WI produces and distributes to subscribing members at no charge a comprehensive list of job openings for social workers in the Wisconsin.
NASW WI’s Executive Director provides one on one ethics consultation, information on certification and licensure issues, continuing education and other practice assistance on a daily basis to members. He also provides networking contacts in Wisconsin for NASW WI members looking for work.
NASW WI’s clinical network of over 100 members provides support and information to NASW WI members with questions regarding their clinical practice.
NASW WI organized a “Mentor Contact List” of experienced social workers who are willing to provide their expertise to NASW WI student members, young professional members and other members seeking assistance or advice.
NASW WI sponsors Exam Preparation workshops and webinars for students and professionals preparing to take the national exam for certification or licensure.
NASW WI has created a list of agencies in Wisconsin that may be willing to hire Certified Advanced Practice Social Workers (MSW graduates) who are seeking 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice to obtain their clinical licensure.
NASW WI organized a coalition of schools and departments of social work, the AFSCME union and individual social workers to fight the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare’s decision to no longer require social work certification for Initial Assessment workers. NASW WI’s Executive Director along with other NASW WI members has met with the Secretary of the Department of Children & Families, the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Audit committees and with State Representative LaTonya Johnson on this issue.
NASW WI contacted State legislators, the Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Council on Mental health and other groups on behalf of a mental health clinic serving rural children and Native American tribes in northern Wisconsin after the Department of Health Services refused to continue reimbursing them for their service in the public schools.
NASW WI recruited 34 State Senators and Representatives to co-sponsor the Social Work Safety bill, which would exempt social workers who make home visits to clients from the Castle Doctrine. The Castle Doctrine allows residents to use deadly force if they have “reason to believe” someone is breaking into their house.
NASW WI’s Executive Director testified at a State Senate and State Assembly Hearing on behalf of the “Second Chance” legislation, which would change the age of automatic referral to adult court from 17 to 18.
NASW WI’s national insurance plan, ASI, made arrangements with Liberty Mutual so that NASW WI members could purchase liability insurance for transporting clients in their own car at work. Previously this coverage, often not provided by employers, was impossible to obtain.
After years of advocacy by NASW WI, the Department of Health Services finally agreed to reimburse Certified Advanced Practice Social Workers who are providing psychotherapy to Medicaid clients at state certified outpatient mental health clinics. This change should increase job prospects for MSW graduates.
NASW WI’s national attorneys provide legal consultations regularly to Wisconsin members regarding subpoenas and other legal matters.
NASW WI continues to work with a coalition to eliminate or drastically reduce requirements for Prior Authorization for psychotherapy for MA clients.
NASW WI met with individual members of the Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health regarding recommendations to improve Wisconsin’s mental health system.
NASW WI helped stop a proposed bill that would have required LCSW’s to contact the Department of Justice in addition to the local sheriff or police department under their “duty to warn” obligation.
NASW WI stopped a bill that would have allowed any “alternative health provider” to provide clinical social work services.
NASW WI is leading efforts to pass the Child Victim’s Act, which would allow victims of sexual assault a two year release of the statute of limitations to take civil action against their perpetrator in court.
NASW WI organizes an annual lunchtime teleconference/webinar program for Wisconsin social workers, which features national speakers who have published in the NASW national journals or section newsletters.
NASW WI organizes an annual conference every year with national keynote speakers and workshops with experts on all aspects of social work practice.