Member Services

WHAT HAS NASW WI DONE FOR ME RECENTLY?

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

  • 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 Senate 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 has organized virtual legislative lobbying visits during spring 2020 promoting the banning of Conversion Therapy through a rules change in the Conduct Code for social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors. In January 2020 NASW WI Executive Director Marc Herstand testified at a hearing at the Examining Board in support of this rules change.
  • 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 inter-views 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 Executive Director Marc Herstand testified in favor of a bill that would allow LCSW’s from other states the ability to go to work right away while they are waiting for the Department of Safety and Professional Services to process their application.
  • 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.
  • During the 2019 2020 Wisconsin Legislative Session NASW-WI has taken public positions on 55 bills in the State Assembly and 37 bills in the State Senate.
  • 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 Executive Director Marc Herstand organized a coalition in support of a bill that would ban Conversion Therapy with LGBT children. NASW-WI has led two key lobby visits with the Chair and another key member of the Senate Committee on Health and Hu-man Services requesting a hearing on the bill.
  • NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand, Board member Dafna Berman, Clinical Network Chair Mary Sella, and clinical social workers Beth Whittemore and Hank Bothfeld met with Assistant Commissioner of Insurance Nathan Hudek to advocate that insurance companies be required to reimburse Certified Advanced Practice Social Workers for mental health services. Dafna Berman also testified on the same issue before the Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention.
  • NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand testified at the last hearing of the Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention on behalf of the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) (also known as Red Flag legislation). At the beginning of 2019 NASW-WI organized a statewide coalition to promote this bill, which has held numerous lobby visits at the state legislature.
  • NASW-WI and WAFCA (Wisconsin Association of Family and Children’s Agencies) have asked a Republican legislator to introduce legislation that would allow CAPSW’s to provide AODA counseling without additional credentialing.
  • NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand, NASW-WI Clinical Network Chair Mary Sella and Professional Standards and Regulation Committee member Beth Whittemore met with the Department of Health Services Medicaid Director Jim Jones and Assistant Administrator Marlia Mattke to advocate for improved mental health and substance abuse reimbursement policies for licensed clinical social workers and certified advanced practice social workers with the state Medicaid program.
  • NASW-WI President Kristi Wood, NASW-WI board members Nick Smiar and Eric Alvin and NASW-WI Executive Director Marc Herstand met with the Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary Dawn Crim, Assistant Deputy Secretary Dan Hereth and Legislative Liaison Michael Tierney to discuss issues related to social work standards, filling vacancies on the Social Workers Section and a proposal to ban conversion therapy. 

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.