2013 Legislative Agenda
Social Work Professionals
- Raise reimbursement rates for clinical social workers;
- Establish pay levels of CPS entry-level baccalaureate social workers comparable to entry-level teachers;
- Create a social worker loan repayment program;
- Include social workers as providers of any and all services for which they are trained;
- Establish status and protections for school social workers in the Texas Education Code;
- Hire and protect licensed social workers in state agencies and non-profits;
- Employ effective retention strategies for social workers in public agencies; and
- Enact liability protections for social workers who serve as volunteers.
Social Work Research
- Establish a Social Work Center for Workforce Studies (possibly funder by a surcharge on social work licensing fees);
- Fund research and expand programs at Texas Schools of Social Work.
Work with our partners and coalitions to ensure appropriate funding for health and human service programs in state budget, i.e.:
- Mental health
- Health care
- Juvenile justice
- Poverty and food assistance
- Housing and homelessness
- Social justice.
Texas Schools of Social Work graduate approximately 1,800 students each year (baccalaureate, masters and Ph.D.).
Tracking the 2013 NASW/Texas Legislative Agenda
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2013 Top Three Legislative Issues
Messaging for the 2013 Legislative Agenda
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Legislative Agenda Planning
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