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Coalition Partners

Our purpose in attending meetings is to represent NASW-NC, our members and the social work profession. Through coalition partnerships, we seek to:
1. Have a consistent and recognized social work face at the table.
2.  Network, connect and build relationships with statewide leaders and others in positions

     of power.
3.  Advance our profession and advocacy goals through those connections.
4.  Increase our knowledge of and keep our fingers on the pulse of statewide issues that

    directly impact our members where they work so that we may positively impact those

    issues in a way that supports our profession and our clients.

As a member, if you would like to participate or learn more about any of the meetings listed below, please contact Kay Castillo or Valerie Arendt.

East Carolina University MSW Advisory Committee
This is an advisory committee for the MSW program at ECU that discusses courses, CSWE, the annual alumni event, and issues impacting students. This group meets quarterly.

North Carolina State University MSW Advisory Committee
This is an advisory committee covering courses, student needs and CSWE accreditations. This group meets quarterly.

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work Field Education Advisory Committee

Committee discusses all aspects of field education and field placements.  Meets twice a year.

Field Educators Consortium
Meeting of all BSW and MSW field Directors to discuss issues related to field.  Meets twice a year for a day long meeting.

NC-Council on Social Work Education (NC-CSWE Deans and Directors)
All directors/chairs/deans of all BSW, MSW and PhD programs in NC.  Group discusses accreditation, funding, student and faculty issues.  This is a day long meeting twice a year.

Disaster Resource Network

Committee of representatives from the American Red Cross, Department of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, and all the licensed behavioral health professions.  Meets to discuss  training and recruiting clinicians as mental health disaster responders.  Meets quarterly.  

NC Social Work Certification & Licensure Board
This is our social work licensing board that meets on the first Friday of every month to discuss licensure, barriers to licensure and holds hearings. The meeting lasts a full day at the Board office in Asheboro.

Provider LME Leadership Forum-(PLLF)
Statewide meeting of representatives of private providers and LME/MCOs along with state Division leadership to discuss Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services reform.  Meets once a month. 

The Coalition
Group of mental health, developmental disabilities and substance use disorder advocates that seek adequate funding for the mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse system. Engages in advocacy efforts with legislators and state leaders. Meets once a month.

DD Consortium
Consortium of providers, Division staff and advocacy organizations in the Developmental Disabilities area. This is a subgroup of The Coalition. Meets monthly to discuss reform, Medicaid funding, etc.

Mental Health Coalition
This coalition is a group of advocates that meet to address the needs impacting persons with severe and persistent mental illness. This is a subgroup of The Coalition and meets once a month.

Substance Use Disorder Federation
Statewide coalition of organizations, advocates and Division staff working in the substance use disorder arena. This is a subgroup of The Coalition. Meets monthly.

Professional Association Council-(PAC)
Council made up of representatives from all the licensed behavioral health professions to discuss mental health reform and statewide issues impacting our fields. Meets monthly.

Child Advocacy Network
Statewide coalition of child advocacy groups that work to advocate for the interest of children across the state. Staff from NC Child pull together the monthly meetings.

Joint Insurance Committee

This group's focus is on managed care issues and insurance reimbursement (billing codes, frequency, insurance panels, rates, etc). Helps tackle issues within the clinical community. Meets once a month.

Coalition on Aging
This group is committed to improving the lives of older adults in NC by addressing their needs. The group develops a legislative agenda and advocates on behalf of older adults at the NC General Assembly. Meets once a month.

NC Women United
Coalition of advocates to address the needs of women across the state.

Integrated Care Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee for integrating mental health and health care treatment, programs, education offerings.  Meets several times throughout the year.

NC Mental Health, Substance Use and Aging

This group formed in 2011 to focus attention on the mental health needs and substance use of older adults. The committee focuses on advocacy, training and dissemination. Meets quarterly.  


Prison Advisory Committee
This group formed after frequent deaths of mentally ill inmates at Central Prison. The group first met with Governor Perdue's staff before starting a formal committee. The group discusses best practices, hiring and staffing needs, behavior patterns, and more.

State Health Plan Advisory Committee

This group meets quarterly to discuss the North Carolina state health plan. Members are made up of providers and professional groups. NASW-NC has an LCSW member appointed to this committee.


NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board
NASW-NC has an appointed "deemed status" representative on the practice board and this structure is in state statute. Board terms are for three years and you can be re-appointed. Appointees are full Board members but must have a substance abuse license (LCAS) and have the NASW national substance abuse credential.


NC Partnership to Address Adult Abuse
The Vision of The Partnership is the elimination of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults and adults with disabilities. Meets quarterly and was formed in 2015.

Social Workers Against Solitary Confinement
This is a national task force of social workers dedicated to confronting the issue of solitary confinement, both on a macro-level and on a micro-level. The group holds regular conference calls and communicates via email.

North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections
This Coalition works in a grassroots nature to make our elections voter-owned. Our
campaign financing system funded exclusively by small donors and the public would help facilitate a more participatory and accountable democracy to lead to voter-owned elections. The group meets quarterly.

Care for Carolina
Care4Carolina is a statewide coalition that seeks to strengthen the economic and social well-being of our state by increasing access to affordable, quality healthcare for all North Carolinians.

Behavioral Health Workgroup
Developed by the North Carolina Health Information Exchange Authority, this group meets quarterly to fulfill the state’s mission to have all providers of Medicaid, the State Employees Health Plan, and any other provider receiving state funds to be connected to the state’s electronic health record system by 2019.

Mental Health Subgroup Meeting
Developed in 2017, this group pulls together stakeholders to advise the Insurance Commissioner on current mental health issues, the issues that impact access to care, the Department’s plans with the Health Insurance Enforcement and Consumer Protections Grant, and to gather any recommendations that the stake holders can make to the Commissioner.


NC Eldercare Workforce

A new statewide coalition developed in 2017 and modeled after a national coalition.  Diverse providers that would focus on the broad workforce that works with the elderly in any and all geriatric settings.  NASW-NC was on the ground floor of this coalition's development.

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