The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-MA) is the largest professional social work organization in the state with 6,500 members representing every Senate and House district across the Commonwealth. Our members work in a broad range of settings including hospitals and health care settings, community agencies, jails and courts, government, academia, nursing homes, schools, private practice and more. The agenda of priority and supported bills represents the diverse and varied social work and social justice concerns among our members.
Activist Opportunity: Our legislative agenda is set prior to the start of each two-year legislative session. If you are interested in helping us set the 2018-2019 agenda and are a member of NASW, please consider joining our Legislative Advocacy Committee by contacting the co-chairs: Margaret Haffey,LCSW and Mary Ruhl, LCSW.
Recent Legislative Wins:
S2104-H3659 Protection for Pregnant Workers (Sen. Lovely/Rep. Rogers)- Signed 07/27/17
S499-H536 ACCESS: Birth Control with No Co-Pay (Sen. Chandler/Rep. Haddad)- Signed 11/20/17
S2296-H4256 PATCH: Protecting Access to Confidential Healthcare (Sen. Spilka/Rep. Hogan)- Signed 04/02/18
S2170-H2308 An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform (Sen. Chang-Diaz/Rep. Keefe)- Signed 04/13/18
(This included SB1306-HB2248 relative to Solitary Confinement filed by Sen. Eldridge and Rep. Balser)
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