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Legislative Advocacy Update: Social Work Licensure Bill Filed

Monday, March 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Valerie Arendt
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Monday, March 4, 2019
Kay Castillo, BSW, Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation; Registered Lobbyist


Last week, we reported that House Bill 70 would be heard before the House Health Committee. The night before, the bill was pulled from committee as several groups wanted to be added to the bill to be included in the expansion. The bill is back before the Health Committee this Tuesday!

Also last week, House Bill 203 Amend Social Work Practice Act was filed! NASW-NC has been working with legislators to introduce this legislation to make necessary changes to Chapter 90B in order to remain in compliance with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the entity that designs and implements the qualifying national social work examinations for the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board (Licensure Board). NASW-NC has been working with the Licensure Board for the last year and has come to an agreement on necessary changes to be introduced during the 2019 Legislation Session. Contact your legislators and let them know you support this bill!


Bills Filed of Interest to the Social Work Profession

  • Watch HB 184 Study State Health Plan Design: This legislation creates a Joint Legislative Study Committee on the sustainability of the North Carolina State Health Plan to look into the needs and concerns of teachers, state employees, and retirees. Decisions made by this committee will impact delivery of care moving forward. NASW-NC will actively follow the work of this committee and provide a voice for social workers.
  • Oppose HB 196 Parental Consent For Sex Education: This amends the current state law that allows local school districts to choose an opt in or opt out system for sex education classes. This law would make all school districts require parental or guardian consent before a student can participate (actively opt in). Additionally, it would prohibit students from obtaining information about contraceptives or abortion services without parental consent.
  • Support HB 202 Amend Expunction: This legislation allows for an individual to file expunction once for multiple convictions. It helps individuals who have a justice involved background move forward after convictions.
  • Support HB 203 Amend Social Work Practice Act.-AB: NASW-NC has been working with legislators to introduce this legislation to make necessary changes to Chapter 90B in order to remain in compliance with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the entity that designs and implements the qualifying national social work examinations for the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. Click here for more information about the bill.
  • Support SB 130 State Employees/Paid Parental Leave: This legislation allows state employees to donate leave time to other employees who are employed full time to receive donated paid parental leave up to 6 weeks. This bill has bipartisan support.
  • Support SB 161 Enact the North Carolina Caregivers Act: This legislation allows for caregivers to be given information that isn't already given to them such as hospital discharge information. It allows a hospital to receive information from the patient about a caregiver.
  • Support SB 167 Healthy Mother Healthy Child: This legislation seeks to prohibit the use of restraints of pregnant prisoners and detainees. It helps advance the First Step Act passed by Congress.

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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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