Legislative & Social Policy Committee
NASW-Michigan's Standing Committee Addressing Legislative & Social Policy: Engaging members in legislative advocacy
The Chapter’s Legislative & Social Policy (LSP) Committee recommends Board positions on social and legislative action and develops the Chapter’s legislative advocacy agenda. The Committee educates and engages the membership in the legislative process, administrative actions, and ballot initiatives that affect social workers and their client populations. NASW has a strong commitment to political action and advocacy and this Committee provides a way for the Chapter and its members to engage in critical political issues.
This Committee develops its legislative agenda and responds to State and Federal legislative initiatives by working closely with the chapter’s Work Groups to review, develop and advocate for State and Federal Legislative and Budget actions that benefit social workers and Michigan’s citizens. It comprises a cross section of member social workers from various fields such as child welfare, gerontology, health care, corrections, mental health, education, community development, LGBT, public policy, domestic violence and women’s issues. It is a resource for the Chapter’s staff and lobby firm and coordinates meetings for members with State legislators.
Meetings take fourth Friday of each month from 12:00pm to 1:30pm, unless otherwise noted.
The Chapter’s Legislative Agenda encompasses a variety of issues vital to social workers, the social work profession, and the well-being of the populations served by social workers. Past legislative initiatives have included:
- Passing of the Social Work Licensure Act in 2004
- Partial student loan forgiveness for individuals who pursue BSW & MSW degrees who commit to work in high need areas
- Pay equity with other human service fields
- Requiring individuals with LMSW degrees in certain supervisory positions
- Social Work workforce development – promotion of social workers placement in human service and non traditional settings – where they can make a difference
- Advocating passage of 2008 ballot measures addressing medical marijuana and stem cell research
Legislative & Social Policy issues being monitored or advocated by the Chapter/Committee can include, but are not limited to:
- Mental Health Parity
- Second Parent Adoption
- Juvenile Competency to Stand Trial – ensuring social workers are included in those professions that can provide a competency evaluation
- Public Defense Reform for indigent youth and adults – ensuring social workers are included in the defense process
- State Resolution urging National Adoption of Convention of Rights of the Child
- Protection of our elder population against fraud and abuse
- State Budget adequately funding basic needs (including many programs and services that are staffed or administered by social workers)
- State Tax reform that adequately funds services to assure the health, safety and welfare of MI Citizens
- Student Loan forgiveness for individuals achieving MSW degrees
- Requiring persons with LMSW degrees in certain supervisory positions
- Emergency Contraception
- Prevention of Dating Violence
- Abusive Workplace Prevention Act
- Involvement of School Social Workers in implementation of K-12 Education Reform
- Revision of Child Care Fund to encourage prevention services
Please click here to view important legislation that the NASW-Michigan Chapter is monitoring or has taken a stance of support or opposition.
LSP Committee Meetings
The LSP Committee meetings are regularly held the fourth Friday of each month from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at the NASW-Michigan Chapter office unless otherwise noted. Conference call information will be provided for those unable to attend in person. All members are welcome to join and participate. If you wish to join the LSP Committee, please e-mail the Chapter office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-487-1548 ex11.
Meeting Minutes and Reports
Contact Director of Public Policy, Allan Wachendorfer, at: email@example.com