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The NASW Illinois Chapter is guided by the policy statements that appear in Social Work Speaks 2015–2018 in its advocacy efforts with special emphasis on subjects below.

The agenda will guide the chapter legislative and policy advocacy work during the coming year.

  • The NASW Illinois Chapter (NASW IL) will support the development of sufficient resources to support our state budget that will help support the delivery of vital human services to Illinois citizens in need, including efforts to ensure prompt payment to providers.
  • NASW IL will support and monitor Illinois’ implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the role social workers can play in it.
  • NASW IL will work to expand and clarify rules and regulations surrounding telehealth services to expand access to underserved areas and populations.
  • NASW IL will work towards a comprehensive loan repayment program that addresses shortages for behavioral health areas and specific need populations.
  • NASW IL will work towards final passage of a statewide minimum wage increase.
  • NASW IL will work to strengthen the social work license by reviewing and suggesting for implementation requirements for supervision training.
  • NASW IL will continue working 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; we will also work on how this will fit into the Medicaid reform laws adopted by the Illinois General Assembly in 2011 (PA 96-1501).
  • NASW IL will advocate for fair and equitable insurance reimbursement rates for licensed clinical social workers.
  • NASW IL will work to rescind language requiring social workers to notify the client’s physician if they are receiving services (PL 86-1434).
  • 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.
  • NASW IL will advocate for providing quality mental health services to reduce rates of recidivism, re-entry, and incarceration.
  • NASW IL will advocate for stricter laws aimed at the reduction of mental, sexual, and physical abuse of children, women, and elderly including expanded reporting requirements.


The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with over 150,000 members. The NASW Illinois Chapter is one of the association’s largest chapters with over 7,000 members in Illinois alone. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

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2010 Elections Wrap Up – How did NASW endorsed candidates perform

The first elections of the first decade of the 21st are now history. And if you on the NASW PAC Illinois website, then you probably  spent the evening channel surfing or website surfing to find the latest results, or to catch the latest pundit pontificate on this very expensive and volatile election.  Or maybe you spent your day knocking on doors for the candidate of your choice.  That was how I spent my day, along with Kyle Hillman canvassing for NASW PAC Illinois endorsed candidate for the Illinois State House of Representatives Daniel Biss.  There is something so simple yet empowering about reminding people to vote.  It also reinforces Standard 6.04 of our Code of Ethics regarding Social and Political Action – namely that “social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully.”  This feeling of empowerment is no different than the first election I worked on in 1976 as a high school senior working for independent Democrat Congressman Abner Mikva.  Although as you can see from this dated photo in the following link,  this writer is considerably older and not as thin!

How did our PAC’s endorsed candidates do? How did are federally endorsed candidates do?     The following is breakdown as of our endorsed candidates:


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Registration Ends Oct 5th!

Registered to VOTE?
October 5th – this Tuesday – is your last day to register to vote or update your registration. Our endorsed candidates need your support and the first thing you can do is to make sure you are registered!
Click here to check your registration and make sure all your information is up to date. The Illinois Board of Elections also has information on how to update your registration and find your polling place.

Visited the NASW IL PAC website yet?
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Take a few minutes to look around, learn about our endorsed candidates for 2010, how you can volunteer, donate to NASW IL PAC, see a list of events we will be going to, and learn about why it is important to be active.

Volunteers Needed!
Now that the endorsement session is finishing up, we are in need of members who are willing to volunteer. Our endorsed candidates need help with everything from office work, phone banks as well as walking door-to-door. Our involvement in political campaigns is one of the most important things you can do to help NASW IL PAC support like minded politicians.
If you haven’t already, signup to volunteer by clicking this link and completeing the NASW IL PAC volunteer form.

Be sure to visit the Election Guide on our NASW IL PAC Website
Election 2010 is closing in fast, so be sure to visit the Election Guide on our website. This guide contains information on endorsed and nonendorsed candidates and upcoming elections in your area and across the country. Features of the Election Guide include:
Zip Search: Enter your zip code and address to find races and candidates relevant to you. Here you will find information on candidates running for President, U.S. House/U.S. Senate, state legislature, and statewide office.
Clickable Map: This allows you to browse races and candidates across the country. Use this to see who is on the ballot in districts other than your own.
Candidate name search: If you want to search for a specific individual regardless of state or district, use the “Candidate Last Name Search” tool. Entering a last name into the search field will show you all the candidates with that last name, allowing you to select the one you desire to see.
Register to Vote: You can use this online tool to fill out a voter registration form from your state. Complete the form and mail it in to your local registrar of voters office to register.
Voter Info Section: This section includes links to information on voter registration, polling place location, and absentee ballots. 

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