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NASW-PA Holds Annual Legislative Education and Advocacy Day at Capitol

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Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne) gives a big thumbs up to the social workers lining the steps of the Capitol Rotunda - Download this image
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April, 18, 2017
Contact: Tyler Woodcook
(717) 232-4125
 
NASW-PA HOLDS ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY DAY AT CAPITOL
More than 750 Social Workers Rally to Advocate for HB 445 & SB 530

Harrisburg, PA - The National Association of Social Workers Pennsylvania Chapter (NASWPA) held another successful Legislative Education and Advocacy Day on Tuesday, April 18th sponsored by Caron Treatment Centers. With more than 750 attendees, social workers had a major presence in the Capitol. The day consisted of meetings with more than 100 members of the General Assembly, during which social work students and professionals advocated for House Bill 445 and its companion bill, Senate Bill 530.  This bill would create practice protection for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, which would ultimately protect consumers of mental health services in Pennsylvania. Six legislators spoke during the rally in the Rotunda, and NASW-PA was able to witness the passage of SB 530 through the Senate Committee on Professional Licensure and Consumer Affairs.

The following legislators spoke at the rally: Representative Nick Miccarelli (R-Delaware), Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne), Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-Delaware), Representative Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne), Representative Tom Murt (R-Montgomery, Philadelphia), and Senator John Blake (D-Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe). 

According to NASW-PA Executive Director Johanna Byrd, "Today social workers from across the Commonwealth stood up and spoke in one united voice to the members of our General Assembly about the importance of HB 445/SB 530.  We thank our elected officials for meeting with us, hearing us, and doing their best to ensure that this bill passes quickly this session.  Pennsylvania needs to catch up with the rest of the county and adopt these basic protections.” Pennsylvania is one of only two states (the other being Montana) that does not currently require those who open a therapeutic private practice to be licensed.

For more information on NASW-PA’s Legislative Advocacy Day or on HB 445 / SB 530, please contact Tyler Woodcook at 717-232-4125 x 106 or by e-mail at twoodcook.naswpa@socialworkers.org

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NASW is the largest membership organization in the U.S. for professional social workers, serving more than 130,000. NASW-PA represents nearly 5,500 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.

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