More than 900 Social Workers Rally to Advocate for HB 1415
Harrisburg, PA- The National Association of Social Workers Pennsylvania Chapter (NASW-PA) held another successful Legislative Advocacy Day on Tuesday, April 12th sponsored by Marywood University School of Social Work. With more than 900 attendees, social workers had a major presence in the Capitol. The day consisted of meetings with more than 200 members of the General Assembly, during which social work students and professionals advocated for House Bill 1415, which creates practice protection for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, ultimately protecting consumers of mental health services in Pennsylvania. Six legislators spoke during the rally in the Rotunda and NASW-PA gained 10 new co-sponsors for their bill, HB1415.
The following legislators spoke at the rally: Representative Leslie Acosta (D-Philadelphia), Senator John P. Blake (D-Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe), Representative Thomas P. Murt (R-Montgomery, Philadelphia), Greg Grasa, Executive Director of House Children and Youth Committee, Representative Dan Frankel (D- , Representative Jason Dawkins (D-Philadelphia), Representative Joanna McClinton (D-Delaware, Philadelphia).
According to NASW-PA Executive Director Johanna Byrd, "NASW-PA is grateful to the members of the General Assembly who met with social workers from across the state, especially those who voiced their support for HB 1415. It is time for Pennsylvania to catch up with the rest of the country to ensure basic consumer protections are in place, and with their help, we can get this bill across the finish line this session.” 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.