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NASW-NC Supports Gov. Cooper’s Executive Order to Prohibit Government-Funded Conversion Therapy

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8/2/2019

Contact: Valerie Arendt, Executive Director, varendt.naswnc@socialworkers.org, 919-828-9650

 

Social Workers Support Governor Cooper’s Executive Order to
Prohibit Government-Funded Conversion Therapy

 

RALEIGH - The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina (NASW-NC) fully supports Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 97 to prohibit payment for conversion therapy for minors by any provider receiving state or federal funds, such as North Carolina Medicaid and North Carolina Health Choice, allocated to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

 

This order is a step in the right direction to protect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) minors from the dangerous, discredited and discriminatory practice of sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE), also known as conversion therapy or reparative therapy which is used legally in North Carolina by medical and behavioral health professionals as methods to attempt to change the sexual orientation of LGBTQ individuals to heterosexuality.

The National Association of Social Workers condemns the use of SOCE or so-called Reparative Therapies by any person identifying as a social worker or any agency that identifies as providing social work services. 

 

Today we take a step forward to prevent the significant mental health damage being done to children by a practice that is not evidenced-based,” said NASW-NC Executive Director Valerie Arendt. “We commend Governor Cooper’s efforts to move North Carolina closer to a full ban on a practice that is illegal in 18 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia and is against the core values of the social work profession. Social workers recognize the long-term detrimental consequences of conversion therapy, which includes increased risk of depression, suicidal ideation, substance misuse and self-loathing, and it is our professional duty to advocate against this harmful practice.”

As a member of Born Perfect NC, a grassroots statewide campaign by Equality North Carolina and the Campaign for Southern Equality, passing legislation banning licensed mental health providers from engaging in conversion therapy on individuals will continue to be a priority for NASW-NC.

Learn more about NASW-NC’s support of banning conversion therapy here: www.naswnc.org/page/BanConversionTherapy

The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) is a membership organization that promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW-NC also seeks to enhance the effective functioning and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities through its work and advocacy.

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