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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ARE YOU MAKING CONTACTS NOW?

In January 2018, the social work licensing law is up for repeal!  Now is the time to contact your Mississippi State Representative and Senator to ask for their support!  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 

Social Work Advocacy Day at the Capitol will be held February 15, 2018!  We will host a press conference at the Capitol at 11:30 am.  More details to follow - Save that Date! 

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!


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Join us now!

NASW Member Services 800-742-4089 M – F, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm ET   membership@naswdc.org

Thank you from your NASW, MS Advocacy Team

Janice Sandefur, ACSW, LCSW

Executive Director, NASW MS

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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,

 

I’m a 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               Congressman Bennie Thompson                     Congressman Trent Kelly 

Ph: (202) 225 5772                              Ph: (202) 225 5031                               Ph: (202) 225 5876                                               Ph: (202) 225 4306

Fx: ( 202) 225 7074                               Fx:  (202) 225                                     Fx: (202) 225 5898                                               Fx: (202) 225 3549

https:// palazzo.house.gov              https://harper.house.gov                https://benniethompson.house.gov                 https://trentkelly.house.gov


              



CONTACT YOUR MISSISSIPPI CONGRESSMAN AND ASK THAT HE CO-SPONSOR THIS BILL!

As social workers serve on the frontlines in communities across the nation, it is vital that your safety is a priority. Delivering these critical services to our nation's most vulnerable individuals, families, and communities depends heavily on your ability to do so safely and securely.

Recognizing this need, Representatives Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-09) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) introduced the Social Worker Safety Act of 2017 (H.R. 1484), bipartisan legislation aimed at addressing social worker safety needs by:

  • Establishing a Social Worker Safety Grant Program within the Department of Health and Human Services to fund State's efforts to improve safety measures for social workers.

  • Allowing these grants to be used to purchase safety equipment, make facility improvements, facilitate safety training programs, provide support services for social workers who have been victims of violence, or track incident data to mitigate future offenses against social workers. 

With the current fiscal climate in mind, this legislation requires a $1 to $1 match commitment from states receiving the grants.  States are able to provide these matching funds either directly or through donations from public or private entities. This allows for a true federal-state partnership to help bring additional safety into the daily operations of our profession.

Since introduction three additional members of Congress have joined as cosponsors of H.R. 1484. The current list of Congressional supporters for H.R. 1484 includes:

  • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-09) - Sponsor

  • Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) - Original Cosponsor

  • Rep. Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ-01)

  • Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-01)

  • Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA-26)

To gain additional cosponsors we need your help!  Email your Representative and urge them to support this vital legislation  (see list above).  Additional cosponsors, Republican cosponsors in particular, will reinforce the bipartisan nature of social worker safety and help move the legislation forward.  Together, we can help ensure you're able to provide care effectively, and without compromising your own safety. Support your profession by helping urge support for this legislation

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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  2017
     LEGISLATIVE AGENDA WITH BILLS BELOW
  

Maintain Social Work Licensure with current language in the law.

NO Active Bills 

Oppose combining MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists with other Boards.
HB 1425:
 Occupation Board Compliance Act of 2017 -  We suggest removing beginning line 27 "approve veto or modify any rules, regulation," to prohibit over-regulation by the governor. There are cost concerns related to providing extra attorneys. (See Section 5). – SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR
HB 1490: Fiscal Budget for the MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and family therapists . – SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

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.- Due From Governor 04/20/17

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- Due From Governor 04/20/17


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 
naswms@bellsouth.net 

601.936.0557  

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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.


Another link that provides legislative information on a state and national level

 is:  www.statepolicy.org


Below are Links to Other Social Concern Websites...

 

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

 

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


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