Founded in 1957 the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest organization of professional social workers in the world, with over 155,000 members in 55 chapters. The Texas Chapter, with about 5,700 members, is the major professional social work organization in the state. NASW is committed to advancing professional social work practice and the profession; and to promoting human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for everyone. Its members work in a broad range of settings including hospitals and other health care settings, community agencies, government, academia, business, nursing homes, schools, and private practice.
NASW/TX promotes a platform that supports increased funding and opportunities for social workers; as well as social justice issues based around fair treatment and equality for all Texans. The legislative strategy involves direct lobbying for bills and collaborations with other organizations committed to our shared mission. NASW/TX encourages our members to get involved in political advocacy on all levels, and fights for progress behind the idea that All People Matter.
The purpose of TPACE is to: 1) to promote NASW legislative policies by helping to elect and retain in office state public officials and candidates who support the goals and objectives of the social work profession and the needs of those who are served by the social work profession in the state of Texas; 2) to promote political education and full participation in the electoral process among members of the social work profession; and 3) to take such other and further action as may be necessary to accomplish the foregoing.