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Legislative Session Advocacy Update: Action Alert and NASW-NC Is Opposed!

Monday, February 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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We are getting closer to Social Work Month and North Carolina Social Work Advocacy Day. NASW-NC is working hard to ensure social workers are heard at the North Carolina General Assembly!

To that tune, a bill NASW-NC has been working on with legislators for the last year was filed: HB 70 Delay NC HealthConnex for Certain Providers. This legislation would delay behavioral health providers, including clinical social workers and clinical social work associates, to connect to NC HealthConnex until June 1, 2021. The current deadline is June 1, 2019. This legislation supports the NASW-NC Legislative Agenda. Use this link to contact your legislators and let them know you support the bill!

There are only a few more spots left for Social Work Advocacy Day: Register here! We are thrilled North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Mandy Cohen will be our keynote speaker! Meetings with legislators on Social Work Advocacy Day are very important! Watch this video to learn how to find and contact your legislators!

 

Bills of interest filed

 

  • HB 53/SB 52 A Second Chance for Life: This legislation would force doctors to give untrue medical statements to patients about abortion reversal medication. The patient would have to sign a document saying they received this information before receiving an abortion. NASW-NC is opposed. This legislation is against the NASW-NC Legislative Agenda.
  • HB 54/SB 51 Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment: This legislation would ban the most common procedure for second term abortions and limits doctors from practicing the full scope of their license. NASW-NC is oppposed. This legislation is against the NASW-NC Legislative Agenda.
  • HB 65 Marriage Amendment Reaffirmation Act: This legislation would reaffirm the constitutional amendment passed in 2012 regarding marriage recognized in North Carolina between one man and one woman. Due to the legality of other court cases since this amendment passed, this legislation is likely to not pass.
  • HB 69 Nonpartisan Redistricting Commission: This legislation would create an eleven member nonpartisan redistricting commission. The commission would propose new legislative and congressional maps after each census.
  • HB 70 Delay NC HealthConnex for Certain Providers: This legislation would delay behavioral health providers- including clinical social workers and clinical social work associates- to connect to NC HealthConnex until June 1, 2021. The current deadline is June 1, 2019. NASW-NC supports! NASW-NC worked hard with legislators to get this filed and this legislation supports the NASW-NC Legislative Agenda. See the action alert above and contact your legislators to support the bill!
  • HB 74 2019 School Safety Grants Program: This legislation would allow for schools to apply for grants to receive funds to pay for school mental health support personnel including school social workers. Grants could also be used for training staff to help increase school safety.
  • HB 75 School Mental Health Screening Study: This legislation would require the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Public Instruction to study the development of a mental health screening process for children in North Carolina public schools.
  • SB 46 Standing Up For Rape Victims Act of 2019: This legislation would require the testing of sexual assault examination kits. It would require state funds so staff can be hired to help with the testing and ensure the state does not see a back log in the testing of kits in the future.


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NASW-NC works on behalf of the social work profession on a variety of issues. It is a member benefit provided by NASW-NC to have a registered lobbyist advancing and supporting the profession of social work in North Carolina. The North Carolina Chapter works with National NASW on Federal issues such as reimbursement rates, immigration, student loans, and more. Your membership dues help support our advocacy efforts everyday on the state and federal levels. Thank YOU for being a member and staying engaged in supporting the social work profession.
 

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