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Updated: September 2018 Advocacy Updates

Wednesday, October 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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Having a robust social work membership is essential in allowing the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter to carry out statewide advocacy and representation that impacts the entire social work profession.

Here are a few things NASW-NC has been advocating for in the month of September:


Click here to read our update on advocacy efforts from earlier this month! This included information on Medicaid Transformation, School Social Work, and an update on the requirement of clinical social workers to have an Electronic Health Record by June 2019.

 

2018 Voting Information Page LAUNCHED!

NASW-NC launched an informational page on our website detailing the upcoming elections. The page will be updated periodically until Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018.


This page gives detailed information about the elections including NASW-NC’s Voter Guide, information on requesting absentee ballots, registering to vote, the early voting schedule, details on all six constitutional amendments that will be on your ballot, and more. Please check out this website and share it with others!

Political Action for Candidate Election Committee

NASW-NC’s Political Action for Candidate Election Committee (PACE) has met and finalized endorsements for the 2018 elections! Click here to check out those endorsements!


Members will receive notice of candidates that were vetted by the PACE Committee and selected for endorsement in their districts. These endorsements mean the candidates support social work values!

 

NASW’s PACE Committee has already made endorsements for candidates running for Congress and the U.S. Senate. Check out their website to find out who in North Carolina was endorsed!

North Carolina Legislative Session: Upcoming Special Sessions

Legislators adjourned the 2018 Legislative Short Session at the end of June. Legislators set a date to reconvene after the elections for Tuesday, November 27th and will most likely discuss legislation that is influenced by which Constitutional amendments pass.


However, following Hurricane Florence, legislators and Governor Roy Cooper decided to come back for a Special Session on Tuesday, October 2nd. During this session, legislators allocated $56.5 million to begin relief efforts.

 

To further aide in recovery, legislators passed:

  • School calendar flexibility: allows school districts that had to close for more than two days, an exemption to waive up to twenty make up days.
  •  $6.5 million allocated to pay teachers and staff for missed school days if they would otherwise have been paid to be in the classroom or at school.
  • In counties with a federal disaster declaration, voter registration deadline is extended until October 15th. Registrations may be faxed or scanned and emailed to local boards of elections if the original registration is received by October 20th.
  • $400,000 was allocated to the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement to use those funds to inform voters from those affected areas about updates to their voting stations, location changes, and the overall options they have as voters.
  • Certain fees waived by the Department of Motor Vehicles for individuals to get duplicate licenses and other documents in counties with a federal disaster declaration.

After this one day session, legislators adjourned with the decision to return on Monday, October 15th to allocate more funding for relief efforts.

Executive Order Issued for Social Workers Following Hurricane Florence

NASW-NC has been working with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Office, the North Carolina Psychological Association, and the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board to allow licensed out-of-state health care professionals, including Licensed Clinical Social Workers, to treat those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

On September 24, 2018, Governor Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order temporarily allowing medical and behavioral health professionals who are licensed in other states to treat victims of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. Read more about the order, what it allows, and how social workers can help with hurricane relief efforts by clicking here.

News from NASW

In partnership with the Campaign for Youth Justice, NASW released a distressing new report, The Color of Youth Transferred to the Adult Criminal Justice System: Policy and Practice Recommendations.”

The report looks at data that indicates black children continue to be sent to adult courts and jails at alarmingly high rates that are much above those for white children. The reason is rooted in our nation’s racist past. The practice has a devastating impact on black youth, who may die by suicide, suffer from mental illness or be abused by jail staff or other inmates while incarcerated.


Read more about what NASW is doing to advocate for the social work profession in the August 2018 Washington Update.


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