WHAT HAS NASW WI DONE FOR ME RECENTLY?
NASW-WI published statements on the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas.
NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand helped facilitate a retreat for the statewide Raise the Age Coalition, which is working to pass legislation in the 2023-2023 legislative session to transfer 17-year-olds from the adult to the juvenile court system.
NASW-WI developed a section on our website promoting Covid-19 vaccine confidence among social workers and equipping social workers to support clients in vaccine decision making. This webpage includes an analysis of barriers faced by special populations in Wisconsin and trainings and resources for social workers to promote Covid-19 vaccine confidence.
NASW-WI planned and is currently implementing eleven winter webinars, four ethics workshosp and a BSW/MSW Exam preparation workshop during the first six months of 2022.
NASW-WI successfully lobbied Governor Evers to veto the Complementary and Alternative Health Care bill, which would have allowed these CAHC providers to provide psychotherapy.
NASW-WI facilitated the passage of a bill in the Wisconsin State Legislature that will allow Certified Advanced Practice Social Workers to provide AODA counseling without additional credentialing.
NASW-WI has organized a free continuing education program on Tuesday March 29th presented by Madison Alder and NASW WI Board Member Brian Benford on the topic of “Confronting Systematic Racism Through Healing and Honest Reflection: City of Madison’s Truth and Reconciliation Process”
NASW -WI has organized a free tour of the newly opened American’s Black Holocaust Museum and a free continuing education presentation by Reggie Jackson with Nurturing Diversity Partners on the topic of “Building Racial Understanding” on Thursday March 24th.
NASW-WI wrote a statement on the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, which was sent to local media.
NASW-WI Executive Director is currently assisting 2-3 members per week who are experiencing difficulties getting their licensure application processed at the Department of Safety and Professional Services
NASW-WI sent written testimony in opposition to the Republican redistricting bill to members of a Senate and Assembly Committee reviewing the bill.
NASW-WI wrote and distributed a press release in support of two gun violence prevention bills unveiled at a press conference convened by Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and State Senator Melissa Agard.
NASW-WI completed its first ever hybrid annual conference. 524 social workers attended this conference either in person at the Wilderness Resort or virtually.
NASW-WI completed a year- long leadership training program for its first ever cohort of BIPOC social work student scholarship recipients.
NASW-WI is restarting its Student Ambassador Program, which trains NASW WI student members to represent NASW WI and promote NASW WI membership, activities and advocacy endeavors on their campus.
NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand organized and testified against legislative proposals that would try to stop or censor anti-racism and anti-sexism education and training in Wisconsin public schools, public universities and state and local government.
NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand testified and lobbied on behalf of a bill that would require insurance companies to cover tele-mental health at parity and continue coverage for phone therapy.
NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand met with a Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) Executive and with staff of Governor Tony Evers to address the problem of timeliness of the processing of certification and licensure applications at DSPS.
Every month NASW-WI’s Legislative/Social Policy Committee meets and takes positions on Wisconsin legislative proposals that impact our profession or the well-being of our clients.
NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand testified at two separate hearings in opposition to bills that would prevent Transgender girls from participating in sports, based on their gender identity in K-12 and at the college level. Marc has also participated in weekly strategy sessions and lobby visits on this issue.
NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand has participated in regular strategy sessions and lobby visits as part of the Raise the Age Coalition, which seeks to change the age of mandatory referral to adult court from 17 to 18.
NASW-WI organized and implemented a virtual Advocacy Day on April 14th at which social work students and practitioners from throughout Wisconsin met with their State Senators and State Representatives or staff following a morning of training on NASW WI’s five priority issues. These issues were 1) State Budget; 2) Banning Conversion Therapy 3) Child Victim’s Act; 4) Requiring insurance companies to reimburse for tele-mental health and 5) Police reform. Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes presented the keynote address
NASW-WI organized visits with Republican legislators regarding a bill to ban Conversion Therapy. NASW-WI also mobilized members who were key constituents of these Republican legislators.
NASW-WI requested that the Examining Board of Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors and Social Workers adopt a “Guidance Document” that would indicate to its licensed holders that they consider Conversion Therapy to be unprofessional conduct. This document was approved by the Examining Board and can be found on their website.
NASW-WI advocated with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to include social workers and child welfare workers as priority groups for the Covid-19 vaccine. DHS did include these two groups in the 1-A priority list for the vaccine.
During the first quarter of 2021, NASW-WI Executive Director met with new Republican and Democratic State Senators and Representatives to educate them about the social work profession and our professional and social justice priorities.
NASW-WI presented nine live webinars and four Ethics and Boundaries workshops during the months of January and February 2021.
NASW-WI reconvened statewide coalitions to ban Conversion Therapy and pass the Extreme Risk Protection Order (Red Flag legislation) in January and February 2021.
NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand has been participating in an NASW chapter/national Racial Justice Workgroup since June, 2020. The group has been discussing how the NASW national office and its 55 chapters can work to fight racism and promote racial equity in our country. As part of this effort Herstand is organized a training session for chapter Executive Directors on national and state legislation that reforms policing through expanded use of social workers and other mental health professionals in non-violent crisis situations.
NASW-WI held a Member Forum on Race in July, 2020, that drew over 25 participants. At the Forum participants broke into small groups to discuss racism and then the full group developed action steps for the chapter.
NASW-WI’s Legislative Social Policy Committee developed a new policy statement on social work and policing that was published in the newsletter and was sent to every NASW chapter in the country along with the national office. The Legislative/Social Policy committee also reviewed and took positions on Governor Evers’ package of bill to address policing abuses in our state.
NASW-WI has developed a section of the website entitled, “Anti-racism materials” which includes NASW WI and national statements on racism, a list of books and videos on race equity and a list of black owned businesses in Wisconsin.
NASW-WI is now holding monthly Member Forums. At these forums attendees have discussed the impact of Covid-19 on their practices and their clients and how NASW WI can be of assistance.
NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand sent an email to the Department of Health Services asking that they immediately implement the tele-mental health bill, which would require the Department of Health Services to reimburse independently practicing licensed mental health professionals for tele-mental health services. In follow-up emails NASW-WI asked DHS to allow reimbursement for telephone counseling, for tele-mental health services for CCS clients and for tele-mental health at Rural Health Clinics.
NASW-WI also does other amazing work:
Offers a resume and cover letter review service for members.
Compiles a weekly list of social work jobs throughout the state for subscribing members