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We need YOUR advocacy and support, NOW!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Tyler Woodcook
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NASW-PA has been an ardent supporter for almost 10 years of a bill that will bring Pennsylvania up to national standards by adding practice protection and diagnosis for clinical social work.  After passing the House Professional Licensing Committee recently, Senate Bill 530 is on its FINAL STEP to at long last becoming law.

We need to send the Representatives a clear message: that we want the bill to be heard on the House floor. All Representatives can help get this bill on the floor - which means that no matter where you live and no matter who your Representative is, you can help advance this crucial piece of legislation.

To look up your Representative or get their contact information, you can check here.

We need YOU to take a stand to advance social work practice!  Please take a few minutes of your time to call, e-mail, contact, or visit your representative TODAY.

This is OUR TIME, and we need to push the bill across the finish line. We only need one thing to make this happen, and that is YOUR VOICE. If you act NOW, we will get this passed and improve conditions for the entire social work profession in PA.

We were close last session. We made a lot of calls: so many that the entire General Assembly was buzzing. We need even more of that this time. We need ‘too many’. We need ‘too much’. We need your friends. We need your families. We need your neighbors. We need your colleagues. We need ‘however and whatever it takes’ to GET THIS PASSED, so spread this message far and wide!

Please contact Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy Benny Brown II if you have any questions, or if you contact a Representative - especially if you get a response from them indicating a course of action.
Thank you for everything you do for the Chapter, the profession, and the Commonwealth!



Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a social worker and a voting constituent. I would like to talk to you about supporting Senate Bill 530 sponsored by Senator Tom Killion. This legislation would bring Pennsylvania up to national standards, as 48 states have practice protection for LCSWs and 45 allow LCSWs to diagnose. It would also bring our profession up to Commonwealth standards, as our board is the only one of 29 in the Commonwealth that does not have practice protection. Will you please contact your party's leader and tell them that your constituents want Senate Bill 530 to be heard on the floor and passed?

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Eric S. Klein says...
Posted Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Thanks for the reminder! Called, Emailed, Facebooked Rep. Emrick and Sen. Boscola.





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