Member Services

NASW WI MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

NASW WI provides individual assistance to its members on a variety of concerns. Some of these include: 1) Answering questions on certification and licensure; 2) Answering questions on continuing education requirements; 3) Assisting members with problems with the processing of their certification or licensure application at the Department of Safety and Professional Services; 4) Ethical and practice consultations; 5) Information on Wisconsin legislation; 6) Referrals for legal consultations; and 7) Referrals for assistance on subpoenas and other legal issues.

For assistance on these issues call NASW WI during regular business hours between 9:00 and 5:00 PM Monday-Friday or send an email to admin.naswwi@socialworkers.org

WHAT HAS NASW WI DONE FOR ME RECENTLY?

All done under the guidance of NASW-WI Executive Director, Marc Herstand, MSW, CISW

  •  NASW-WI recruited an influential Republican State Representative to introduce a bill that would require insurance companies to reimburse mental health and substance abuse services provided by mental health professionals via tele-mental health.
  • 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 ses-sions 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 Executive Director Marc Herstand is participating in lobby visits and every other week coalition meetings to pass the Extreme Risk Protection Ordinance and a bill to close loop-holes in the backgrounds checks system. NASW WI will also be sending out press releases on both of these bills, when they are officially rolled out this summer.
  • NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand testified at a legislative hearing regarding the problems social workers encounter trying to get licensed in Wisconsin.
  • 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.
  • In January 2021 NASW WI started a leadership and mentorship program for ten students of color membership scholarship recipients. Monthly gatherings will be held throughout 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. 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 organizing 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 Executive Director Marc Herstand conducted 11 presentations at nine social work programs during the months of September and October on the policy differences between President Trump and Vice-President Joe Biden.
  • With financial assistance from NASW PACE the Wisconsin Chapter hired a political organizer for the 2020 elections. This organizer developed fact sheets and videos regarding absentee voting, voter registration and voter identification. She spoke to numerous social work programs regarding voting. She presented information on social media on policy differences between President Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden. She also called NASW WI members statewide to encourage them to vote and provided assistance with questions on absentee voting, voter registration and voter identification.
  • NASW-WI produced its first ever virtual annual conference in October 2020. 622 social workers attended the conference, which was record attendance. The conference featured two dynamic keynote speakers and a Town Hall Meeting highlighting Wisconsin social workers doing outstanding work promoting social justice, fighting racism and addressing the Covid-19 pandemic. Approximately 70 speakers presented 55 separate workshops at the annual conference. Both a clinical and health care networking session was held as well as a virtual musical “Happy Hour”.
  • NASW-WI held a Member Forum on Race in July 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 will be 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’s Diversity Task Force has approved 21 objectives under the overreaching goal of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in our organization, profession and society. These objectives include support for social work students of color, promotion of NASW’s Social Justice brief on policing and other advocacy, membership and educational activities related to the promotion of race equity in chapter, professional and state.
  • Wisconsin Social Workers PAC, the political arm of NASW has endorsed 41 incumbents and over 50 challengers running for the Wisconsin State Sen-ate or Assembly. The endorsements were based upon a candidate questionnaire and voting records.
  • NASW-WI held a free webinar for members in March on tele-mental health that drew 250 participants, an all-time record for a chapter webinar.
  • NASW-WI is now holding monthly Member Forums. At these forums attendees have dis-cussed the impact of Covid-19 on their practices and their clients and how NASW WI can be of assistance.
  • NASW-WI compiled a listing of the emergency orders and existing laws of all 50 states regarding the ability of Wisconsin clinical social workers to continue serving their clients who moved to other states because of Covid-19. This is printed in the June edition of the NASW WI newsletter.
  • NASW-WI interviewed hospital, medical and school social workers in Wisconsin regarding their experience providing services during the Covid-19 pandemic. A write up of these interviews appears in the June edition of the NASW WI newsletter.
  • NASW-WI responded to the continuing education needs of social workers in Wisconsin during the Covid-19 pandemic this spring by switching the two in-person ethics workshops to webinars and adding three additional ethics webinars.
  • 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 Executive Director Marc Herstand sent an email to Nathan Hudek with the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance asking that they require all insurance companies in Wisconsin to reimburse for tele-mental health.
  • NASW-WI’s Board of Directors officially opposed the placement of F-35 jets in Madison which would have a major noise and environmental impact on a low income community in Madison.
  • NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand with the assistance of Clinical Network member Barbara Perkins, helped ensure passage of a tele-health bill that requires the Department of Health Services to reimburse independently practicing clinical social workers providing tele-mental health services. This bill was signed into law by Governor Tony Evers.
  • NASW-WI spearheaded coalition lobbying efforts to kill a bill that would require all social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists and substance abuse counselors to complete two hours of suicide prevention continuing education every two years. NASW WI Executive Director Marc Herstand testified against the bill and conducted numerous lobby visits.
  • 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.