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Coalition Partners

NASW-NC serves on over 30 statewide coalitions and provides the social work perspective to these groups. These coalitions provide policy recommendations to state leaders, lawmakers, and community organizations on a variety of issues from aging, child welfare, insurance reimbursement, addictions, and more. 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 of NASW, if you would like to participate or learn more about any of the meetings listed below, please contact Kay Castillo or Valerie Arendt.



NC Eldercare Workforce
A new statewide coalition developed in 2017 and modeled after a national coalition. The group is comprised of diverse providers that focus on the broad geriatric workforce.  NASW-NC was on the ground floor of this coalitions development.

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


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.



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



Disaster Response Network
Committee of representatives from Red Cross, Division of MH/DD/SAS and all the behavioral health licensed professions. This group discusses training and recruitment of licensed clinicians in response to natural disasters. Meets quarterly. 

NC Social Work Certification & Licensure Board
Regular meetings of the board of directors for the social work licensing board. Meets on the first Friday of every month, nine times a year in Asheboro at the Board office. NASW-NC is NOT a member but we attend meetings for relationship building and so that we can best remain informed of licensing board issues, actions and dynamics.


Joint Insurance Committee
The focus of this committee is on managed care issues and insurance reimbursement (billing codes, frequency, insurance panels, rates, etc). Committee “membership” is limited to social work, nursing, psychology and psychiatry.  The group helps tackle issues within the clinical community. Meets once a month for lunch and afternoon meeting.

NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB)
NASW-NC has an appointed “deemed status” representative on the licensing Board per state statute. Board terms are for 3 years and can be re-appointed. Appointees are full Board members but must have a substance abuse license and have the NASW national substance abuse credential.

State Health Plan Advisory Committee
This group meets quarterly to discuss the NC state health plan. Members are made up of providers and professional groups. NASW-NC has an LCSW member appointed to attend. 


Behavioral Health and I/DD 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.

Provider - LME Leadership Forum (PLLF)
Statewide meeting of representatives of private providers and LME/MCOs along with state Division leadership to discuss MH/DD/SUD reform. Meets for a daylong meeting once a month.

Professional Association Council (PAC)
Council made up of representatives from all of the behavioral health licensed professionals to discuss mental health reform and our shared concerns and advocacy issues. Meets monthly.

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. The group has three subgroups: Mental Health Coalition, I/DD Consortium, and Substance Use Disorder Federation that meet separately. Meets once a month. 

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.

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

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.

Schools of Social Work

ECU MSW Advisory Committee
This is an advisory committee for the MSW program at ECU that discusses courses, CSWE, the annual alumni event, etc.  Meets quarterly.

NC State MSW Advisory Committee
Basic advisory committee covering courses, student needs, CSWE accreditations, etc.  Meets quarterly.

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.

North Carolina Council on Social Work Education (NC-CSWE Deans and Directors)
This group brings together all directors/chairs/deans of all BSW, MSW and PhD programs in NC. The group discusses accreditation, funding, student and faculty issues. Meets twice a year for a day-long meeting.


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 yearly.

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

NC Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
A non-partisan network of organizations and citizens across the state who work cooperatively to reform North Carolina’s capital punishment system. Usually meets quarterly.

Governor's Working Group for Veterans
The North Carolina Governor’s Working Group [NCGWG] is charged with facilitating collaboration and coordination among ALL Federal, state and local agency partners that touch a veteran’s life in the state of North Carolina. Group meets once a month for 2 hours.

Past Committees

Prison Advisory Committee
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. As of 2018, this group is in hiatus.

NC Women United
Coalition of advocates to address needs of women across the state. Develops legislative agenda based on member input. Hosts Women’s Advocacy Day every long legislative session.

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 stakeholders can make to the Commissioner. This group is called on as needed.

Planning Committee, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics
In November 2015, Kay Castillo was appointed to serve on the steering committee for a grant received by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. The grant will certify behavioral health clinics in NC, created Medicaid reimbursable services, and develop a proposal for a two-year demonstration program.

Network Adequacy Working Group
Formed in June 2016, this group will work under leadership from the Department of Insurance to ensure insurance panels are providing enough provider coverage and standards are met by all insurance providers to deliver services across the state such as wait times, driving distances, and more.

NC Consumer Assistance Group
Group formed in 2015 under the NC Department of Insurance to discuss insurance related issues impacting consumers. Used to meet quarterly and will be called on as needed.

Integrated Care Steering Committee
This statewide group is made up of organizations and individuals involved with integration of care in NC and is spearheaded by the Center for Excellence in Integrated Care. The larger steering committee meets quarterly and the Executive Committee (made up of 10 individuals) meets monthly. This group is temporarily in hiatus.  

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