NASW, MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER

NASW, MS CHAPTER LEGISLATIVE AGENDA 2018 

Adopted by NASW MS Chapter Board of Directors October 21, 2017 

1.  We support maintaining our social work licensing law with current language, and request removal of repealer effective July 1, 2018.

2.  We oppose any changes in the composition of the MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists.   

3.  We support adequate funding for all services that affect the well-being of at-risk populations, and increase funding where cuts were made.

4.  We support the Mississippi State Health Improvement Plan.  

5.  We support replacement of the current Mississippi flag.

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The MS Legislature is now in session.

MAKE CONTACTS NOW....

The social work licensing law is now up for repeal...contact your Mississippi State Representative and Senator to ask for their support now and throughout the session Contact our office at info.naswms@socialworkers.org to get more information! To locate your Representative and Senator, and get contact information and voting records, go to openstates.org 

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Social Work Advocacy Day!

At the Capitol AND Virtual will be held February 15, 2018! 

Virtual Action....All Day!  Call, fax, email your Representative and Senator!  All social workers are strongly encouraged to participate wherever you are!!!!

Contact number to use during session:  601-359-3770  

Contact Fax for Senate: 601-359-3935  

Contact Fax for House of Representatives:  601-359-3728  

Individual email for Senators and Representatives at http://legislature.ms.gov

Action at the MS State Capitol, Jackson MS!    

11:30 am:  Press Conference, 2nd Floor Rotunda...We need you there!

(note: come to this location only for Social Work stickers and signs....plan to be at this location at 11:00 am)   

Schedule your individual Senator and Representative meetings, and attend Committee meetings and General Session of Senate and House before and after Press Conference;   We were not able to obtain space in the 1st floor Rotunda for tables for 2018.

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You can access up to the minute information on all legislative activity as well as find out

 how to contact your Senators, Representatives and other elected officials by going to

 the Mississippi Legislative website:   http://legislature.ms.gov.

Find out who your personal Representative and Senator are by clicking on

http://openstates.org and use your address To find out where to go vote visit

www.vote411.org.

For legislative information on a state and national level and social work concerns:

www.statepolicy.org

www.opencongress.org

http://mhap.org/index.php - Mississippi Health Advocacy Program

http://splcenter.org/ - Southern Poverty Law Center

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Future elections to keep in mind....

2019 - statewide elections for all state legislators, Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, and other state leadership

2018 - MS Congressional seats (all)  and one Senate seat (Wicker) in Washington are voted on........NASW will be collecting information to share to help you make your voting decision! 

Remember YOU have the power to continue the Super Majority now controlling our state and nation or make changes...SOCIAL WORKERS ARE URGED TO RUN FOR OFFICE!  

Are YOU making a difference???  NASW, through your dues, provides YOU with career protection!  If you are a member, THANK YOU!  If you are not a member, join us today!  Go to membership@naswdc.org or call NASW Member Services 800-742-4089 M-F, 9am to 9pm ET.

Thank you from your NASW Advocacy Team!

Janice Sandefur, ACSW, LCSW, Executive Director

                                     

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CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MISSISSIPPI CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS IN WASHINGTON AND LOCALLY BELOW:

Social Workers, 

What do YOU believe is the right thing to do about healthcare?  Examine your own values, review your NASW Code of Ethics....is healthcare a right or a privilege?

We believe that we must continue to be vigilant regarding change to the existing healthcare law in Washington....keep alert to new versions of healthcare bills that may arise, and be ready for action!  WE MUST CONTINUE TO SUPPORT WHAT IS BEST FOR ALL AMERICANS! 

Suggested format for FAX OR EMAIL to Congressmen and Senators for Presidential Priorities:

Congressman ____________,  (or Senator______________)

As your Mississippi constituent, I am writing to express serious concerns regarding the priorities of our current national administration.  As active participants in the national legislative process, I want to request that you:

1)  Prevent my taxpayer money from being used to build a wall separating the USA from Mexico now or at any time

2)  Use my taxpayer funds to restore funds to education, healthcare and social programs that benefit ALL American citizens

Mississippi is already on the bottom of lists of markers of health and education in our country - you are supporting further decline by voting for policies reducing funding and shutting down agencies and the federal government programs

3)  Use proven, evidence-based studies to determine your decisions and stand for people and programs, NOT more wealth for the top 1% of the population

As a fellow Mississippian, I urge you to consider the current and future realities facing our state and country as you represent me and all Mississippians when you vote.

Thank you, 

Ima Voter

Nameoftown, Mississippi

 

Contact information: 

Senator Thad Cochran                                   Senator Roger Wicker                                         
Ph: (202) 224 5054                                          Ph: (202) 224 6253
Fx: (202) 224 9450                                          Fx: (202)228 0378
https://cochran.senate.gov                            https://www.wicker.senate.gov 
Congressman Steve Palazzo            Congressman Greg Harper                                   
Ph: (202) 225 5772                          Ph: (202) 225 5031                            
Fx: ( 202) 225 7074                          Fx:  (202) 225                                   
https:// palazzo.house.gov              https://harper.house.gov               
Congressman Bennie Thompson             Congressman Trent Kelly
Ph: (202) 225 5876                                   Ph: (202) 225 4306
Fx: (202) 225 5898                                    Fx: (202) 225 3549
 https://benniethompson.house.gov        https://trentkelly.house.gov

             





2017 Social Work Advocacy Day at the Capitol

We had a fantastic turnout of 480 students, faculty, and others to support the Day of Empathy/#cut50, listen to legislators discuss the process and a number of bills, and participate in a wonderful press conference with Jessica Sloan of #cut50.  We also want to thank the Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, MS #cut50, and the MS Wrap-arouond Services for supporting our efforts by kicking off the even with a reception the evening before at The Parlor Market. It was indeed a fantastic event. We are already gearing up for next year, with a series of events planned as the Social Work licensing law sunsets in 2018....see our Facebook page for pictures at National Association of Social Workers, MS Chapter.  
                 


 National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter  2018
     LEGISLATIVE AGENDA WITH BILLS BELOW
  

Maintain Social Work Licensure with current language in the law. 

HB 894: Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers; extends repealer on licensure laws. (White – R) SUPPORT

HB 988: Marriage and family therapists and social workers; deletes repealer on licensure laws. (White – R) STRONGLY SUPPORT

SB 2461: Licensing and regulation of Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists; deletes repealer. (Kirby – R) STRONGLY SUPPORT


Oppose combining MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists with other Boards.

HB 144: Mississippi Skill Standards Board; create as an advisory board on industry standards. Bill as written relates to job skills that require less than a 4 year degree, but could be open/subject to change. (Clark -D) WATCH

HB 775: Occupational licensing boards; revise how certain prior convictions are used by. (Bomgar - R) WATCH

HB 1058: DFA; establish Office of Shared Services within to operate as the central business office for select agencies. (Reed - R) OPPOSE

Support Medicaid Expansion 


HB 1090:  Revising eligibility for Medicaid and Human Services Transparency and Fraud Prevention Act and other states agencies; Medicaid currently faces under funding by 88 million. Chairman Brown has found millions of dollars in funding to provide an out of state company to assess eligibility.-SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR 

HB 1092: Relating to revising the qualifications for the executive director of the division of Medicaid. –  SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
HB 1510/1521: 
These bills do not provide adequate funding for Medicaid. We support increased funding for Medicaid.  – Due From Governor 04/20/17
HB 1512
: Department of Human Services; We support increased funding over the amount allocated in these bills.  SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
HB 1513: Department of Child Protection Services; We support increased funding over the amount allocated in these billsSIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

SB 2138: Relating to designating the chairman of the senate Medicaid committee as a member of the Medicaid medical care advisory committee- SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR.

SB 2514: To establish and prescribe responsibilities for the Mississippi Advisory Council on faith-based initiatives within the office of the governor. SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR



Support a change in the current flag of Mississippi

ALL BILLS DIED


Support an increase in tax on higher income (over $250,000) or luxury goods (boats, cars, etc.) to generate additional revenue. 

NO BILLS WERE SUBMITTED


Support providing adequate funding for public education (K-12, Community Colleges & Universities). 

ALL BILLS DIED


Additional areas of concern

HB 263
: Relating to clarifying conduct that is considered being bullying behavior. Including certain protections for students. -  SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR  
HB 638: This bill authorizes Capital Punishment “by any means necessary.” In an attempt to get around the problems with the lethal injection drugs, this says to either change the drugs, go back to the electric chair, or use a firing squad. – SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
HB 1033: Enact the Recommendations of the Re-entry Council. This would clean up some of the problems that impact parolees and others released from prison. – 
Due From Governor 04/20/17

HB 1119: To revise the manner in which teleconference and video meetings are required to be held under the Open Meetings Act- SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

HB 1330: Relating to Abolishing Certain Inactive Boards, Commissions, Councils, Committees, Authorities, Task Forces and Panels- SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
HB 1356: 
To authorize a criminal sexual assault protection order -  SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

SB 2311: Creating tax exempt accounts under the MS Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act.- SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
SB 2680: Technical amendment bill for Child Protective Services; Representative Gipson adds “evidentiary standards” for judges to use in divorce cases, which would provide them with guidance on what is abusive physical conduct. -  SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
SB 2689: Prohibits personal use of campaign funds –  SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

SB 2710: Authorize all Mississippi law enforcement officers to assist federal agencies by legally detaining illegal aliens. – SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
SB 2976: Relating to making an appropriation to defray the expenses of the department of mental health and certain programs of the division of alcohol and drug abuse for the fiscal year 2018.- 
SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

SB 3015: Making additional appropriation of general funds, Capital Expense funds, and Special funds to defray the expenses of the department of finance and Administration for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018- SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR


Thank you for your support of professional social work in Mississippi! Please contact our office for any information or assistance on social work matters.

     Your Advocacy Team,       

NASW, MS Chapter 
info.naswms@socialworkers.org

601.936.0557  

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