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.
- 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.