On March 16, 2017, Social Work Month was official declared in the state of Michigan! HR 0041 was introduced by Rep. Stephanie Chang, MSW with about a dozen social workers present in the gallery.
The 2017 Social Work Month theme was Social Workers Stand Up. Social workers stand up for millions of people every day. These include people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crises, our veterans, children, families and communities. Yet many people still misunderstand who social workers are and the invaluable contributions they bring to society.
NASW would like to send a special thank you to this year’s resolution sponsors: Stephanie Chang - (primary), John Chirkun, Cara Clemente, Tom Cochran, Kathy Crawford, Brian Elder, Jim Ellison, Pam Faris, Christine Greig, Martin Howrylak, Jewell Jones, Jeremy Moss, Kristy Pagan, Yousef Rabhi, Andy Schor, Samir Singh, and William Sowerby.
The 2017 resolution reads:
Whereas, The primary mission of the Social Work profession is to enhance well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable in society; and
Whereas, Social work is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States, with almost 650,000 members of the profession; and
Whereas, Social workers work in all areas of our society to improve happiness, health and prosperity, including in government, schools, universities, social service agencies, communities, the military and mental health and health care facilities; and
Whereas, Social workers are the largest group of mental health care providers in the United States and work daily to help people overcome substance use disorders and mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, substance abuse, and other disorders so they can lead more fulfilling lives; and
Whereas, Social workers have helped the United States and other nations overcome earthquakes, floods, wars, and other disasters by helping survivors get services such as food, shelter, health care, and mental health care to address stress and anxiety; and
Whereas, Social workers embody this year’s Social Work Month Theme “Social Workers Stand Up!” by serving, advocating for, and empowering millions of Americans each day; and
Whereas, Social Workers embody the theme of this year’s World Social Work Day on March 21, 2017, “Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability,” by working with individuals, organizations, and local and federal government to improve communities and protect the environment; and
Whereas, Social workers have helped this nation live up to its ideals by successfully pushing for equal rights for all; and
Whereas, Thousands of child, family, and school social workers across the country provide assistance to protect children and improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families. Social workers help them find loving homes and create new families through adoption; and
Whereas, Social workers in schools work with families and schools to foster future generations by ensuring students reach their full academic and personal potential; and
Whereas, Social workers work with older adults and their families to improve their quality of life and ability to live independently as long as possible and get access to quality mental health and health care; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare March 2017 as Social Work Month in the state of Michigan. We recognize the numerous contributions made by social workers across this state and country and join in this celebration and support of the social work profession.