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WHAT HAS NASW WI DONE FOR ME RECENTLY?

  1. NASW WI lobbying resulted in the Wisconsin Legislature passing a bill that requires the Department of Health Services to reimburse independently practicing licensed clinical social workers for mental health services in the public schools.

  2. NASW WI’s lobbying and organizing resulted in the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules blocking a Department of Safety and Professional Services’ rule that would have allowed social workers without any clinical social work training to obtain clinical social work licensure.

  3. NASW WI lobbying and organizing resulted in the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules stopping a rule that would have eliminated the state jurisprudence exam for social work applicants and resulted in higher training costs for county human services departments and other social service agencies in Wisconsin.

  4. NASW WI organized a meeting with the Department of Health Services to advocate for higher salaries for licensed clinical social workers at Mendota Mental Health Center.  Many months later the Department of Health Services provided the licensed clinical social workers with 9-10% salary increases.

  5. NASW WI developed a one page Fact Sheet on the Voter ID law and students, which was distributed to every social work program in Wisconsin and all NASW WI’s student members. 
  6. NASW WI lobbying resulted in the Wisconsin Assembly passing a bill that eases Prior Authorization requirements for licensed clinical social workers providing mental health services to Medical Assistance clients.

  7. NASW WI lobbying resulted in the Wisconsin Assembly passing a bill that requires HMO’s with Department of Health Services contracts to reimburse Certified Advanced Practice Social Workers for mental health services.

  8. NASW WI testified against and mobilized opposition to the “Transgender Bathroom Bill” which died in the legislative session.

  9. NASW WI organized, testified and helped kill a bill that would have eliminated the Social Work Section of the Examining Board and allow other professions to control who becomes a social worker.

  10. NASW WI testified 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. This bill was signed into law by Governor Walker.

  11. NASW WI developed a Fact Sheet on Hospital Social Work to promote the hiring of social workers in hospital social work positions statewide.

  12. NASW WI developed a Fact Sheet on Social Workers in Child Welfare to promote the hiring of social workers in child welfare positions statewide.

  13. NASW WI developed a Fact Sheet on Social Work and Corrections to promote the hiring of social workers in criminal justice and correctional positions.

  14. NASW WI’s Executive Director lobbied extensively on the Social Work Safety bill, which would help protect social workers conducting home visits by exempting them from the provisions of the Castle Doctrine.

  15. NASW WI’s Executive Director lobbied extensively on the Child Victim’s Act, which would provide a three year release of the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual assault so they could sue their perpetrator in civil court.

  16. NASW WI sent a letter to Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades expressing concern about extremely poor access to mental health services for Medicaid clients at two HMO’s in Dane County. 

  17. NASW WI’s advocacy helped stop a Rock County proposal to require social workers to wear body cameras.

  18. NASW WI’s Executive Director spoke at a press conference on behalf of the Higher Education Lower Debt Bill, which 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.

  19. NASW WI has started a Student Ambassador program to represent NASW WI at social work programs in Wisconsin and train future social work leaders.

  20. 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.

  21. NASW WI wrote a position paper in opposition to the defunding of Planned Parenthood.

  22. 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.

  23. In January 2015, NASW WI started a resume and cover letter review service for members.

  24. On a weekly basis NASW WI provides free of charge to subscribing members a list of social work jobs throughout the state.