Advocacy News: 2018 SW Day Jan 23rd, Resources, WV Water Crisis, DACA

2018 Social Work Day at the Legislature, Jan. 23rd in conjunction with Kids & Families Day!

Program Begins @ 9am, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, WV Culture Center, State Capitol Grounds

Online Registration Link: 

The Legislature Today Watch/Listen 6pm daily beginning Jan. 11, 2018

2018 Legislative Action Priorities - Coming Soon!

WV Legislature Website Live audio, Bill tracking, Committee Agendas, Consumer Info, and MORE!

Maps of State Capitol Building - Or visit WV Legislature Website/Educational/Citizen's Guide

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WV Water Crisis Settlement Claims

A settlement has been approved in the case of Good v WVAW, the class action against West Virginia American Water Company and Eastman Chemical Co. over the January 9, 2014 MCHM water crisis.

Visit to file a claim.

NASW Statement on DACA

2017 Report From Social Work Day at the Legislature, Feb. 22, 2017: SWD attracted over 200 Social Work practitioners from around the state, as well as MSW and BSW Social Work students and faculty from Concord University, Marshall University, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University and West Virginia University.

During the orientation participants heard from Dr. Debra Young, Vice President of the NASW WV Board of Directors, Tara Martinez from the WV Center on Budget and Policy, and MSW candidate Lena Lambert, who last year as a Herndon Scholar served as staff in the House Government Organization Committee. Dr. Young set the stage for the day. Ms. Martinez spoke of the "Protect WV" campaign which endorses revenue enhancements to protect essential human service programs in the budgeting process. Lena "caught the policy bug" as a Herndon Scholar with a  major House committee, performing analysis on bills, informing committee members, etc. She asked everyone to understand the importance of what goes on at the legislature. Executive Director Sam Hickman pointed out there is no area of Social Work that is not dependent in some way on the state and/or federal budget to fund essential services and/or employ professionals to administer programs. ALL Social Workers need to become valuable information resources to their elected representatives, who are usually not experts in our field.

As the 2017 NASW Social Work Month theme indicates, we must STAND UP for those cannot do stand up for themselves, and for the effective, important programs and services provided by Social Workers that improve the lives of West Virginia's most vulnerable citizens and others who need our help to stabilize their lives, become self-sufficient and be productive members of society!

NASW WV is working hard to influence the administration's perspective on health, mental health and social programs, and the functioning of DHHR, Medicaid and other social infrastructure programs so important to the clients and communities we serve!