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October 2021 Chapter Updates

Save the Date: 2022 NASW-WA Policy Conference


NASW Washington State Chapter includes our Legislative Action Committee (LAC). The LAC sets legislative priorities and assists the Chapter in carrying out legislative goals. Each year, the LAC hosts the NASW-WA Policy Conference.


In 2022, the Chapter will host the NASW-WA Policy Conference on a virtual platform. The virtual program will feature speakers from the Legislature and policy professionals, NASW-WA's policy agenda, and activities to increase knowledge about the legislative process. Save the Date for February 21, 2022. Registration will open later this year!

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NASW Legislative Alerts


NASW regularly sends out legislative alerts to membership. Click the links below to take action on the following issues important to the social work profession!


Urge Your U.S. Senators to Protect Voting Rights: Ensuring access to the ballot is a key NASW social justice priority. This is why we support the Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747). 

Urge Your U.S. Senators to Ensure Meaningful Police Reform that Includes Mental Health Response Funding: Legislation such as the Community-Based Response Act and the Mental Health Justice Act should be considered for inclusion as part of comprehensive police reform.

Tell Congress to Increase Social Work Reimbursement Rates and Access to Social Work Services: The Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S. 870/H.R. 2035)


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WA Department of Health Notice regarding Health Equity Continuing Education

From the DOH: On September 23rd, a CR-101 was filed with the Code Reviser regarding the implementation of Engrossed Senate Substitute Bill 5229. The department is considering creating rules requiring health professions licensed under Title 18 RCW to complete health equity CE training and establishing minimum standards for health equity CE programs to implement ESSB 5229 (Chapter 276, Laws of 2021). Section 2 of ESSB 5229 directs the department to adopt rules requiring a licensee to complete health equity continuing CE at least once every four years. Section 2 requires the department, in consultation with boards and commissions, to adopt model rules establishing the minimum standards for CE programs meeting the requirements of this section. Section 2 also directs the department to consult with patients or communities with lived experience of health inequities or racism in the health care system in developing the model rules. View this as a web page

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Now accepting Award Nominations for Social Work Month 2022!

Each March, NASW-WA honors the accomplishments of social workers and community members during our Social Work Month Celebration.

Do you know someone who should be recognized? Nominations are open for our 2022 Awards! Read the award descriptions and more online here.

Once you are ready to nominate, click the "Award Nomination Form" button to submit a nomination! Please submit your nomination by January 31, 2022.

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Voting is Social Work!

Moved or new to Washington? Register to vote or update your registration here.


Deadlines for the November 2 General Election in Washington:

  • October 25: Online and by mail registrations must be received.


  • November 2: Register to vote in person by 8 p.m. at your County Elections Office.

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CALL FOR PRESENTERS! Are you interested in presenting a workshop for NASW-WA? We have an open call for presenters (live, virtual, or recorded). Click here for more information about what we're looking for:

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