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2016: Legislative Advocacy Day, April 12th

Click Here to Download the 2016 Advocacy Day Packet
Included in the packet:
- Talking Points
- Schedule of the day
- Registration sheet

Click Here to Register for Advocacy Day Online
- Schools and large groups should use THIS SPREADSHEET to register their attendees. Fill it in with the appropriate information and email to Tara at

Professionals can attain CE credits for attending advocacy day and attending a short webinar! Be sure to check the CEU option when registering. 

What is Legislative Advocacy Day?
Legislative Advocacy Day is an annual event hosted NASW-PA, in which nearly 1,000 social work students and professionals gather to advocate for a piece of legislation that is relevant to the social work profession. Throughout the day attendees have the opportunity to visit their legislators and tell them why this legislation is important and how it will benefit the Commonwealth. This year we are advocating for practice protection for clinical social workers, which will ensure that clients are being treated by qualified professionals only. Last year's Legislative Advocacy Day helped push our legislation into both the PA Senate and the PA House of Representatives. This year's Advocacy Day will be critical in gaining support for our House Bill 1415 and our Senate Bill 1078

What to Expect:

Advocacy Day is for social work students and professionals. We expect student attendees from PA schools of social work as well as professional social workers from all across the Commonwealth. This is a great chance for you to experience legislative advocacy as well as the law making process. This is also a great chance for professionals, experienced in the legislative process, to come show their support for the social work profession. Last year we had five legislators speak at our rally, we were publicly recognized by Representative Frankel in a House Resolution during session, and we gained multiple supporters for our bill. We expect this year to be just as successful, if not more. 


Registration: 7:30am - 8:30am

Meeting in the Forum Building: 8:30am - 9:25am

Meetings with Legislators: 9:30am - 1:00pm

Rally in the Rotunda: 1:00pm

- Light breakfast items will be provided (donuts / bagels / water.) Bring your own coffee.

- Plenty of places for lunch in walking distance (inside Capitol, Strawberry Square, and around town)

If you have questions about Legislative Advocacy Day contact Tara Breitsprecher, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, NASW-PA. You can reach her at 717-395-9498 or


We look forward to seeing you at Legislative Advocacy Day 2016!

Enter your address below to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them!


2015: Thank you for Making Advocacy Day a Success!

April 14th, 2015 - NASW-PA held another successful Legislative Advocacy Day! With nearly 900 attendees, social workers had a major presence in the Capitol. We had a higher media presence this year than any other year. Our rally in the rotunda was covered by PCN, the Democratic caucus, Temple University and Shippensburg University. Five legislators spoke during the rally including Sen. Blake who left Senate session in order to join us. Rep. Frankel added to the excitement of the day with the unanimous passage of a House Resolution recognizing NASW’s 60th anniversary (see video below).


House Resolution recognizing the 60th year of the NASW


  Advocacy Day 2015






April 14th, 2015 Advocacy Day | Comprehensive Practice Protection

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.


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