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NASW Mission and Strategic Plan
NASW is committed to advancing professional social work practice and the profession and to promoting human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for everyone.

Advancing professional social work practice and the profession...

Raising Standards in the Workplace
NASW works with agencies, individual social workers and unions so as to improve the working conditions of social workers. A consistent advocacy area for the Chapter has been helping social workers with workplace issues. The Chapter has been concerned about creating more jobs for social workers, increasing salaries and benefits, helping social workers understand the current job market and assisting social workers in gaining the skills and knowledge needed for these jobs. The Chapter has produced a comprehensive Workplace Standards for Social Workers document. This document addresses salary and working conditions, and provides individual social workers with a tool for self-advocacy. It provides agency directors with a set of standards to work towards. It was disseminated to human service agencies, and agency directors were contacted in an effort to secure additional funds for social workers’ salaries and benefits.
Providing High Quality Continuing Education
The Chapter has long provided affordable continuing education opportunities by sponsoring regional and state-wide educational workshops and homestudy programs. Individual committees and regions produce scores of 90 minute, 3 hour or all day workshops, and the Continuing Education Center sponsors state-wide conferences. The Chapter also administers The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College & Simmons College Schools of Social Work. The Collaborative reviews and grants CE approval for continuing education programs.
Advocating for Social Work in Managed Care
Although NASW-MA advocates for a single payer, universal health care system, the Chapter realizes it must continue to work with managed care organizations to maximize services for clients and to advocate for social work. Accordingly, NASW has established regular meetings with major managed care organizations (MCOs) that operate in Massachusetts to assure NASW’s input into their companies’ policies and procedures.
Licensing
The Chapter aids the Social Work Licensing Board by answering countless licensing inquiries from members through its consultation with the Board. The Chapter has also partnered with the Board to provide consultation and supervision services.
Regions
The Chapter determined that regional staffing could better serve its members. These part-time staff assist members directly and develop both regional programs and Regional Councils.

Promoting human rights, social and economic justice, & unimpeded access to services for everyone...

Advocacy in Mental Health
The Chapter seeks to de-stigmatize mental health and to increase services. The Chapter also works to counter the limited access to services which has resulted from the privatization of mental health, and seeks to make behavioral health more accountable to the public and legislature.
Advocating for Human Services and Social Services
NASW advocates for increases in the human services budget. NASW participates in coalitions to press for better funding for both agency operations and workers’ salaries, and supports efforts to reduce caseloads for social service workers.
Single Payer Health Care
The Chapter supports a single payer health care system, and joins other organizations in lobbying, and participating in demonstrations.
Championing the Civil Rights of All
NASW has always been a champion of civil rights, especially for those who are denied equal treatment under the law.
Making a Legislative Impact
The Chapter has long possessed a legislative advocacy network, which serves to both educate members and to make a difference in the legislative process by meeting with legislators and giving testimony. Additionally, the PACE Committee (Political Action for Candidate Election) endorses candidates for election in the Commonwealth.
Keeping Members Informed as to Policy Developments
The Chapter apprises members of key policy developments through our FOCUS Newsletter, and emailed action alerts.
Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD)
Each year the Chapter organizes Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD), an educational conference at the State House to educate the human service community about the state of human services in the Commonwealth.
For more details, download the NASW-MA Chapter Strategic Plan.
10/16/2014

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