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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.

Lobbying “Do’s” and “Don’ts”

  1. Do learn Members’ committee assignments and where their specialties lie.
  2. Do present the need for what you’re asking the Member of Congress to do. Use data or cases you know.
  3. Do relate situations in his/her home state or district.
  4. Do ask the Representative’s or Senator’s position and why.
  5. Do—in case of voting records—ask why he/she voted a particular way.
  6. Do show openness to the knowledge of counterarguments and respond to them.
  7. Do admit you don’t know. Offer to try to find out the answer and send information back to the office.
  8. Do spend time with Members whose position is against yours. You can lessen the intensity of the opposition and perhaps change it.
  9. Do spend time in developing relationships with Congressional staff.
  10. Do thank them for stands the Member has taken which you support.
  1. Don’t overload a Congressional visit with too many issues.
  2. Don’t confront, threaten, pressure or beg.
  3. Don’t be argumentative. Speak with calmness and commitment so as not to put him/her on the defensive.
  4. Don’t overstate the case. Members are very busy and you’re apt to lose their attention if you are too wordy.
  5. Don’t expect Members of Congress to be specialists. Their schedules and workloads tend to make them generalists.
  6. Don’t be put off by smokescreens or long-winded answers. Bring the Members back to the point. Maintain control of the meetings.
  7. Don’t make promises you can’t deliver.
  8. Don’t be afraid to take a stand on the issues.
  9. Don’t shy away from meetings with legislators with known views opposite your own.
  10. Don’t be offended if a legislator is unable to meet and requests that you meet with his/her staff.

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