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NASW-Maryland Chapter

2018 Legislative and Policy Priorities



Professional Issues

NASW will actively represent the interests of social workers in any attempts to revise the SW Practice Act and will support efforts to protect the scope of services of social workers and address the workforce shortage problem in the state. 

In particular, NASW-MD asks your support of HB 1183/SB986, State Board of Social Work Examiners - Revisions



NASW-Maryland will monitor budget cut proposals and defend those which could result in the most harm for the state‚Äôs most vulnerable citizens.  The impact of State personnel reductions on programs providing needed services will also be monitored.



NASW-Maryland will support efforts to shape long-term care and home and community-based services.  Will also encourage the State of Maryland to ensure reforms are sustainable, while monitoring the budgets for the Departments of Aging, Human Resources, and Health and Mental Hygiene.  NASW is further committed to educating legislators about critical issues facing their aging constituencies.


Children, Youth and Families

NASW will support efforts that promote greater protections for children at risk of abuse and/or neglect and monitor efforts to assure the professionalism of the child welfare workforce.



NASW-MD will support provision of educational and social work support services to all students, based on the students' strengths and challenges in order that barriers to learning can be reduced. NASW will further advocate for equal access for all students to vocational training and career readiness training based on state and national standards, and funding that enables these opportunities for all students, in addition to preparation for college.



NASW-Maryland will support efforts to ensure that all individuals including those with mental illness in the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems have access to appropriate services while involved in the court process, when incarcerated and upon release. We will also support reforms in restrictive housing regulations. In particular we are supporting HB 981 and SB 664 which will allow Behavioral Health personnel, including social workers, to participate in the Correctional Officers Retirement System and be fully vested after 20 years.


Health & Behavioral Health

NASW-Maryland will monitor health care legislation and regulations to ensure behavioral health services are appropriately included and accessible and to ensure that social workers are an integral part of the health care workforce. 


Independent Practice

NASW- Maryland will support efforts to protect the scope of clinical social work practice, parity for behavioral health services, insure access to care and will advocate for appropriate fees for services by independent practitioners.


Peace and Social Justice

NASW-Maryland will monitor legislation and support that which assures the protection of equal access to liberties, rights, and opportunities, as well as taking care of the least advantaged members of society. We will also advocate for Reform legislation.


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