Member Services

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 Executive Director Marc Herstand provided testimony at an invitation only hearing of the Assembly Committee on Mental Health asking for passage of the following three bills; 1) A bill requiring the Department of Health Services to reimburse licensed clinical social workers for providing services in in home settings; 2) A bill requiring HMO’s to reimburse Qualified Treatment Trainees (including Certified Advanced Social Workers) for providing mental health counseling to MA recipients; and 3) A bill to ease Prior Authorization requirements.

  5. NASW WI Executive Director Marc Herstand spoke at a press conference at the Wisconsin State Capitol as part of the ‘Better Choices Coalition” promoting an alternative budget that supports human services, education and health needs in Wisconsin.

  6. NASW WI Executive Director Marc Herstand is currently meeting with Republican State Senators and State Representatives seeking support for the Child Victim’s Act. This bill 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.

  7. NASW WI is participating in a statewide gun safety prevention coalition that is promoting the passage of a bill that would restore the 48 hour waiting period for the purchase of hand guns and closing the loopholes for background checks for gun purchases at gun shows and on the internet.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. NASW WI also developed school specific fact sheets based upon the type of identification provide by the college or university.

  10. NASW WI is participating in quarterly meetings with Department of Health Services’ staff to discuss NASW WI’s concerns regarding reimbursement for LCSW’s in in home settings, reimbursement of CAPSW’s, prior authorization and other issues affecting independently practicing LCSW’s.

  11. NASW WI met with a Human Resources Supervisor at the Department of Corrections to promote the hiring of professional social workers. As a result of this meeting the Department of Corrections exhibited at the NASW WI annual conference and various offices and divisions of DOC are now seeking social worker interns.

  12. NASW WI is planning a lobby day in April 2017 at the Wisconsin State Capitol to advocate on the following issues: 1) State budget; 2) Higher education lower debt bill; 3) Mental health services in in home settings; 4) Child victim’s act and 5) Second chance legislation.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  21. 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.

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

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

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

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