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JULY 1, 2016 IMPACT ON THE MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER***URGENT!
NASW NATIONAL MODERNIZATION PLAN
The NASW, Mississippi Chapter provides the following information to our members on the implementation of the national NASW Modernization Plan.
On July 1, our MS Chapter staff, Janice Sandefur and Shay Love, will become staff of the national office. Janice will remain as Executive Director under the Chapter Services Division of the national office with limited supervision by the NASW MS Chapter Board of Directors. Shay will remain under the supervision of Janice. Staff benefits and payroll as well as a 4.9% Administrative Fee will now be coming out of our Dues Revenue prior to the monthly payment we receive from national at our chapter office. While this is called a “fee”, it is actually an alteration in the dues split between the national and chapter offices. This split percentage is written into the National NASW Bylaws but as this is termed a “fee” Bylaws are not applied. Some chapters have concerns with this interpretation, and we have attached the modification to the National Bylaws (voted on by the National Board at their last meeting on April 28, 2016) for your review. You will be able to see how the national Bylaws were changed through the red and blue markings.
As a chapter, we will following the “Members First” model of the Modernization Plan, focusing on member services/benefits, professional development, and policy/advocacy as required. We will focus on having a local presence with a re-design of the chapter structure from Regions to Units, based on the Program Unit Catchment Areas by county. We will be holding elections shortly using that model.
Additionally, our MS Chapter Board was asked to review and vote on a new Chapter Charter, which would take the place of our NASW, MS Chapter Bylaws. Charters allow us to function as a sub-unit of the national office, but less independently than we have with Bylaws. Our Board of Directors will not have the same level of control over our funds, and will become a more programmatic oversight board. Budgets and monthly reports will be submitted to national, who will ultimately have the final say on what is spent in the chapter. All chapters are being asked to accept this Charter and resend their Bylaws, although some Boards have voted No Confidence in the Modernization Plan and its implementation July 1, the retention of chapter Bylaws, and the meeting of Delegate Assembly to determine the outcome of Modernization. Delegate Assembly (DA) is Governing Body of NASW, and all these changes were decided only at the national Board meeting in April.
We want you to be aware that chapter and national staff have been involved in the past nine months on various teams working out the details of the Modernization Plan implementation, and this implementation will be over a 2 ½ year period. Chapter staff have participated as requested, though many have had and vocalized reservations about this plan’s severe negative fiscal impact on chapters. Chapter elected leadership have had no involvement in this process.
This is YOUR MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATION. These actions to nationalize will be in place July 1, 2016. It is important to provide your feedback to the chapter office at firstname.lastname@example.org on the above information and the attachments.
Hank Rainer, LCSW, BCD Janice Sandefur ACSW, LCSW
President Executive Director
The REDLINE CHANGES for the National Bylaws can be accessed by clicking link
The DRAFT Charter can be accessed resources/Draft%20Charter%20MS%20(1).docx
NASW MS Chapter was present at the rally at the Governor Mansion to advocate for repeal of HB 1523. Social Workers want "NO HATE IN MY STATE"!
Pictured are Hank Rainer, Chapter President, Karen Selestak, Dave Sandefur, Janice Sandefur, Chapter ED, and Mary Ann Everett.
Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act
The stated purpose of the law is to protect from discrimination claims anyone who believes that marriage is between one man and one woman, that sexual relations are reserved solely for marriage, and that the terms male and female pertain only to a person’s genetics and anatomy at birth. The law allows individuals (including those working in publicly funded courts and services), businesses, and religious organizations to use religion to discriminate against LGBT persons and their families. Examples range from the right to refuse marriage certificates refusing to employ a person and/or rent or sell a person property. Also, medical professionals can refuse to provide health care if a patient seeks treatment, counseling and surgery related to “sex reassignment or gender identity transitioning.
The Tennessee anti-LGBT law declares that no person providing counseling or therapy services (in private practice) shall be required to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor or therapist. Furthermore, the bill provides immunity from liability for counselors and therapists who refuse to counsel a client when doing so is in conflict with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor or therapist.
The North Carolina Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which was passed by the North Carolina legislature, requires schools and public agencies to have gender-segregated bathrooms and to prevent people from using a bathroom that doesn’t correspond to their biological sex. Further, the law states individuals cannot bring any civil action based upon the state’s employment or public accommodation nondiscrimination protections. It states that cities and counties are prohibited from writing non-discrimination ordinances that protect LGBT people or veterans. This trend in legal discrimination is growing, with 13 other states considering similar legislation.
NASW believes that these laws, passed under the guise of “religious freedom” or to “protect children,” must be vetoed or repealed. Taken separately or collectively, all three laws are objectionable and are an affront to the progress we have made toward protecting the civil and human rights of all Americans.
While NASW respects diversity of many types, various freedoms and rights are subject to reasonable limitations and religious expression does not automatically trump other legitimate interests. allied mental health provider groups to voice concern that such laws violate their professions’ policies and the . NASW believes that discrimination and prejudice directed against any group is damaging to the social, emotional, and economic well-being of the affected group and of society as a whole.
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