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Congratulations to James Cappleman, LCSW and NASW member!

Congratulations to James Cappleman, LCSW and NASW member, for becoming the newest alderman of the 46th Ward in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. James was endorsed last fall by the NASW Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee (NASW IL PAC) and will serve the next four years in city council. It is an exciting time as we will have several new social work supporters and now a licensed social worker providing a unique insight to legislation.

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2012 Legislative/Social Policy Agenda Announced

NASW Illinois Chapter

2012 Legislative/Social Policy Agenda

 

  • NASW IL will continue to work towards comprehensive solution to the state budget crisis by actively supporting the identification of new revenues that address the State’s structural budget deficit, solvency and capacity to support a thriving human services infrastructure to meet the needs of the State’s most vulnerable residents in the short-term and long-term.  The Chapter will also advocate for prompt payment to providers (through debt restructuring) including the backlog in payments.
  • Support Illinois’ implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the role social workers can play in it.
  • Monitor compliance of the Williams v. Quinn Consent Decree to ensure that residents in IMDs have access to community services. Advocate for social work professionals to play a role in supporting that transition.
  • NASW IL will continue towards establishing the rules process for PA 95-518, the social work Medicaid reimbursement law, which will enable mental health services to be more readily available on a community level and how this will fit into the Medicaid  reform laws adopted by the Illinois General Assembly in 2011, P.A. 96-1501.
  • Advocate for fair and equitable insurance reimbursement rates for licensed clinical social workers.
  • Seek approval from the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation (IDFPR) of  two proposed rule changes (recommended by the Chapter’s Licensure Task Force) regarding the addition of cultural competence training to be included in the 30 CEU requirement, as well as the cap on online CEUs.  These proposed rule changes would take effect for  2013 licensure cycle.

Ongoing Initiatives

  • NASW IL will work to promote the hiring of social workers and  advocate for the role of the social work profession in the human service sector in Illinois.
  • NASW IL will closely monitor and review, and support when deemed appropriate, initiatives to eliminate or reduce poverty in Illinois, as well as support efforts of the state’s Human Services, Budgeting for Results  and Poverty Commissions.
  • NASW IL will support legislation and policies that enhance the safety of social workers in the performance of their work.
  • NASW IL will support initiatives that provide for and protect the human rights of all Illinois citizens.
  • NASW IL will support initiatives that ensure that women will have reproductive choice and reproductive health services in Illinois regardless of their financial circumstances.

 

As always, the NASW IL is guided by the policy statements that appear in Social Work Speaks 2012-2015 in its advocacy efforts. NASW’s Delegate Assembly, a national body of 300 professional social workers, meets every three years to develop Social Work Speaks policy statements.

VOTE/Volunteer for Elections 2011!

Tomorrow is Election Day…and we really need your help!

First and foremost, please take the time to vote. There is no greater task that you can accomplish tomorrow for the social work profession than to take the time to vote.

If you haven’t yet voted, please think through how and when you will do so. When will you go to the polls? How will you get there?

Find your polling location:  http://maps.google.com/maps/mpl?moduleurl=http://maps.google.com/mapfiles/mapplets/elections/voter-info/voter-info.xml

If you have already voted, THANK YOU! and… we really need your help on election day. From making just one phone call, to walking your neighborhood, any help will be greatly appreciated.

NASW IL PAC will be helping our endorsed candidate – James Cappleman win int he 46th Ward and we could use your help! Not only do we want you to vote in the 46th but if you have any time to spare tomorrow – to volunteer for him.

James Cappleman For 46th Ward Alderman Campaign Headquarters
4133 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613

312-725-VOTE (8683) | info@jamesforchange.com

Thank you for making the social worker’s voice heard.

NASW IL PAC

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