Member Services

 

WHAT HAS NASW WI DONE FOR ME RECENTLY? 

 

  1. NASW WI has the most comprehensive list of job openings for social workers in the State of Wisconsin.  This list is sent to subscribing members at no charge several times per week.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. NASW WI’s clinical network of over 100 members provides support and information to NASW WI members with questions regarding their clinical practice.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. NASW WI sponsors Exam Preparation workshops and webinars for students and professionals preparing to take the national exam for certification or licensure.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 publicly challenged this decision at a “community meeting” of the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. NASW WI’s Executive Director testified at a State Senate Hearing on behalf of the College Debt Reduction 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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. 

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. NASW WI met with national corporate officials with Humana/Lifesynch and they agreed to allow renegotiation of reimbursement rates. This agreement resulted in many members who provide services to Humana/Lifesynch clients receiving higher reimbursement rates. 

 

  1. NASW WI’s national attorneys provide legal consultations regularly to Wisconsin members regarding subpoenas and other legal matters.

 

  1. NASW WI continues to work with a coalition to eliminate or drastically reduce requirements for Prior Authorization for psychotherapy for MA clients.

 

  1. NASW WI met with individual members of the Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health regarding recommendations to improve Wisconsin’s mental health system. 

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. NASW WI stopped a bill that would have allowed any “alternative health provider” to provide clinical social work services.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. NASW WI organizes an annual conference every year with national keynote speakers and workshops with experts on all aspects of social work practice.

 

  1. NASW WI organizes a biennial advocacy/lobby day at which it trains attendees in critical issues affecting the State of Wisconsin and sets up appointments with attendees with their State Senators and Representatives.