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NAMI-NC Public Policy Director Wins NASW-NC Advocate of the Year

Friday, February 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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Contact: Kay Castillo, BSW, Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation, 919-828-9650,


NAMI-NC Public Policy Director and Lobbyist selected as 2017 NASW-NC Advocate of the Year

The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina (NASW-NC) is pleased to announce Nicholle Karim, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) as the 2017 NASW-NC Myrna Miller Wellons Advocate of the Year Award recipient.

The award is given annually to someone who has demonstrated a strong passion to advocate for the needs of the social work profession and has been a champion in impacting public policy both for the social work profession and clients served by social workers.

Mrs. Karim, currently serves as the Public Policy Director and Lobbyist for the National Alliance of Mental Illness, North Carolina (NAMI-NC). She is also Co-Director of the Education and Research Initiative at NAMI-NC. 

Mrs. Karim is able to articulate the needs of her constituents and local affiliates to help create sound public policy change for persons impacted by mental illness. She diligently works alongside lawmakers and North Carolina’s top leaders to bring about positive change to state policies and laws including seeking funding for behavioral health care in the state’s prisons and jails and preventing cuts to mental health services. She never fails to provide real stories and the voices of those she serves into her desire to create change.

Mrs. Karim’s past experiences as a licensed clinical social worker serving as an Intensive In-Home Lead at Easter Seals UCP and Program Director and Clinical Supervisor with Hope Services, LLC in Raleigh has provided her with a platform for promoting policy change for those in North Carolina impacted by mental illness.

NAMI-NC Executive Director Jack Register, MSW said of Mrs. Karim, “She is a social worker who holds the NASW Code of Ethics up as a rubric to all decisions that get made within our organization. She consistently talks to our affiliate leaders about the ‘dos and don’ts’ of advocacy and lobbying. Nicholle’s greatest trademark characteristic is her sense of fairness and the need for clear information.”

Mrs. Karim will receive the award at the NASW-NC Social Work Ethics Conference and Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the McKimmon Center.

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