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Capitol Action Day

Wednesday, March 27, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Hailey Richards
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More than 60 social workers were at  the Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday, March 19th to educate lawmakers about the Social Work Profession and advocate for Student Loan Repayment for Social Workers. The visit to Lansing comes during Social Work Month which is observed across the country for the month of March.

There are more than 22,000 licensed social workers in the state of Michigan, occupying every one of the state’s 83 counties. Social workers are also the largest group of mental health providers in the nation.


“Social workers want to continue to work on behalf of others and, in order to do that and solve some of our large social problems throughout Michigan, we have to get serious about keeping our social workers in Michigan and offering them a safety net. ” said Algeria Wilson, director of public policy for the National Association of Social Workers – Michigan Chapter (NASW-Michigan).



During their Capitol visit, the group talked to elected officials in both the state senate and house of representatives about what social workers do, where they are employed and advocated for student loan repayment, all in effort to strengthen the profession and continue to work on issues that individuals face surrounding the opioid epidemic, criminal justice system,  LGBTQ community, mental health access, and more.


“As a clinical and macro social worker, today provided an opportunity to blend the two and help policymakers recognize the impact legislation has in the lives of the clients social workers serve,” said Maxine Thome, executive director for NASW-Michigan. “We need change and we need advocacy on every level.” 



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