Press Release: National Association of Social Workers, PA Chapter Holds Legislative Advocacy Day
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Posted by: Tara Breitsprecher
IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Tara Breitsprecher
April 9, 2014 (717) 232-4125
HOLDS ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY DAY
Over 700 Social Workers Rally for Change
—The National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter (NASW-PA) held its annual Legislative Advocacy
Day in Harrisburg yesterday. More than 700 social work students and
professionals visited nearly 200 members of the General Assembly to discuss
legislation impacting the social work profession and social service delivery. Legislative
visits were followed by a rally on the steps of the capitol rotunda.
In Pennsylvania, a doctor is required to obtain a
professional license to provide medical services, just as a nail technician
must be licensed to paint nails at the mall. However, mental health providers,
such as social workers, are allowed to practice in Pennsylvania without a
license. Social work students and professionals met with their legislators yesterday
to advocate for House Bill 1640, creating limited practice protection for social
work professionals across the commonwealth; and Senate Bill 807, establishing
licensure for bachelor-level social workers.
State Senator John Blake (D-Lackawanna), Rep. Dan
Frankel (D-Allegheny), Rep. Mike Sturla and former Rep. Tim Seip attended the
rally in the rotunda. They each highlighted the critical role social workers
play in our communities and how House Bill 1640 and Senate Bill 807 would
enhance the profession and protect the public.
“Today, social workers from across the commonwealth
have come to the capital to advocate for our proud profession” Ron Simon,
NASW-PA executive director stated. “Change is needed to further protect
the public and assist social workers as they help others in their moments of
need. The legislation that we are advocating for today would create such a
For more information on NASW-PA’s Legislative
Advocacy Day, please contact Tara Breitsprecher at 717-232-4125 or by e-mail at
NASW is the largest membership
organization in the U.S. for professional social workers, serving more than 130,000.
NASW-PA represents nearly 6,000 members in Pennsylvania and works to enhance
the professional growth and development of social workers, create and maintain
social work standards, and to advance sound social policies.