What will Comprehensive Practice Protection do?
- Clearly explains appropriate roles for licensed bachelor's social workers, licensed master's social workers, and licensed clinical social workers.
- Works toward the expectation of licensure already in place for most other professions, such as nurses, occupational therapists, doctors, speech therapists.
More information on Comprehensive Practice Protection:
Benefits of proposed legislation by specialty:
The morning session of Legislative Advocacy Day begins at The Forum, located on 500 Walnut Street in Harrisburg. The forum is located directly adjacent to the Main Capitol. Following this brief session, groups will walk to the Main Capitol. Click here for a map of the Capitol Complex.
- 7:30 - 8:30am: Registration and continental breakfast
- 8:30 - 8:40am: Welcome from Mike Jeffrey, LCSW, NASW-PA President
- 8:40 - 9:15am: Legislative process overview/talking points on practice protection bill with Tara Breitsprecher, Director of Policy & Communciation, NASW-PA
- 9:30am - 2pm: Attend committee meetings and legislative visits: NASW-PA will schedule legislative visits prior to the day. The time and location of your scheduled legislative visit, as well as a list of committee meetings will be provided during registration.
- 11am - 2pm: Attend House and/or Senate session/lunch/legislative visits: The House goes into session at 11am and the Senate begins session at 1pm. Social workers may watch House and Senate sessions live from the chamber galleries located on the 4th floor.
- 2pm: Rally in the Rotunda: Remarks will be given by invited members of the General Assembly. The rally will focus on practice protection and elevating the social work profession in Pennsylvania.
Do's and Don'ts for Legislative Advocacy Day:
- Do: Be familiar with the legislative agenda and know what you are advocating for. Even though there are many different issues, stay on task and discuss issues involving the social work profession.
- Don't: Get discouraged if there are parts that you are unsure of or don't understand. Contact Tara at (717) 232-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
- Do: Visit committee meetings and session to observe the legislative process. The day will go quickly so take in as much as possible.
- Don't: Let the day go by without doing much. This is your chance to see how government affects the practice of social work.
- Do: Remain confident, courteous, and professional when visiting legislators or staff.
- Don't: Be afraid or think you shouldn't be there. Legislators are everyday working professionals, only they work on our behalf. Take charge of your scheduled appointment!
- Do: Enjoy everything the day has to offer--have fun!
Questions? Call Tara at (717) 232-4125 or email email@example.com