Letter from the NASW

March 25, 2011

Social Work Reinvestment Act Reintroduced in 112th Congress

The Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (HR 1106/S. 584) was reintroduced on World Social Work Day, March 15, 2011.  This legislation was first introduced in the 110th Congress, and was important then. It is now even more timely and critical. We are asking for your support once again.
Due to societal challenges including the economic recession and the aging baby boom, the social safety net is fraying. Social workers now care for a more diverse group of individuals, families, and communities than ever before. They depend on the services and resources provided by social workers to maintain employment, shelter, food, and other life-sustaining services.
At the same time that the need for social work services is increasing, our profession is struggling to recruit and retain enough professionals. Due to workforce challenges such as low salaries, high educational debt, and serious safety concerns, students are choosing different career paths and experienced professionals are leaving the field. This situation is untenable if we expect to keep pace with rising needs in areas as diverse as child welfare, poverty alleviation, education, health, mental health, aging, addictions, natural disasters, and violence.
The Social Work Reinvestment Act will support professional social workers by creating a Social Work Reinvestment Commission to analyze these workforce challenges and provide a comprehensive analysis on how they may impact the future of social service delivery in the U.S. Additionally, the bill will fund demonstration programs to address “on-the-ground” realities in the areas of workplace improvements, education and training, research, and community based programs of excellence. Although the nation is understandably facing a moment when fiscal responsibility is essential, this legislation will save money in the long-run as a struggling social work profession will have far-reaching and long-term negative consequences for our country.
Contact your Representative and Senator today in support of the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act (HR 1106/S. 584). Over 100,000 social workers have contacted their Members of Congress since 2007 and we appreciate your work so far. We need you to build on that momentum.

Use the Contact Congress widget on this page to urge your senators and representatives to support this act.

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One Response to Letter from the NASW

  1. Wendell KnightNo Gravatar on April 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I support the Social Work reinvestment Act

    This act is just the beginning of the journey. There is much much more work that will be needed.
    Please note, if the pot has less food in it, where do u get the needed food from? Sustainability

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