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Support the Social Work Reinvestment Act

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Here are some of the major recommendations of the Social Work Reinvestment Act straight from the source:

*Ensure Adequate Supply of Social Workers
*Reduce Educational Debt for Social Workers
*Enhance Social Worker Salaries
*Assure Safety for Social Workers
*Fund Social Work Research
*Increase education and training of social workers in
child welfare
*Address inequities in the Medicare funding formula

Professional social workers ensure full participation of all members of society by working with millions of individuals and families in every community to combat a range of social problems that limit our nation’s health and potential. Unfortunately, current social work professional shortages, impending retirements, lack of incentives to attract and retain social workers, and insufficient data on the efficacy of social service strategies all threaten the very fabric that distinguishes our nation from all others and our collective efforts related to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Social Work Reinvestment Initiative is a collaborative effort comprised of leading social work organizations and other stakeholders committed to securing federal and state investments related to recruitment, training, retention, and research that strengthens the profession and the communities it serves. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment of social workers is expected to increase faster than average (18 to 26 percent) for all occupations through 2014. The Dorothy I. Height/Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act is an effort to review the current workforce shortage challenges, determine how those challenges affect the many communities that social workers serve, and better understand the overwhelming need for reinvestment in the profession of social work. A Social Work Reinvestment Commission of influential thought leaders will commence to develop long-term recommendations and strategies to maximize the ability of America’s social workers to serve their clients with expertise and care. Grants will also be awarded to demonstrate need in the areas of workforce improvement, research, education, training, and community based programs of excellence. Finally, this legislation urges the President to recognize March as Social Work Awareness Month.

Please show your support for the profession of social work by signing up and by encouraging your representatives to sign up as a cosponsor to actively working to ensure the passage of this legislation.

For more information and for citing purposes, please visit NASW.

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