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Social Work Day at the Legislature Details!

Each year, NASWAZ hosts Social Work Day at the Legislature. This year, we will offer three event dates: January 31st, February 1st, and February 21st. This is a unique opportunity for social work professionals, social work faculty and students to come to the Arizona Capitol and witness policy making and advocacy efforts firsthand.  

The Social Work Day Planning Committee is a subcommittee of the NASWAZ Public Policy Committee. If you are interested in assisting with 2018 as a volunteer, please contact us by email.

Go to our "Community Calendar" to register for Social Work Day the Legislature events scheduled for 1/31/2018, 2/1/2018, and 2/21/2018Choose the date and time that works for you. Note: YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND SOCIAL WORK DAY AT THE LEGISLATURE. ONLY ONE PERSON PER REGISTRATION, please!


2018 Social Work Day at the Legislature

The National Association of Social Workers, Arizona Chapter invites social workers, social work students, and social work faculty to participate in our Social Work Day at the Legislature series of events in 2018!

This year, we offer three separate dates to attend. Note that you would want to attend only one of the three dates (click the time to go to the registration for that date/time):
1/31 8:30 AM or 10:30 AM
2/1 8:30 AM or 10:30 AM
2/21 8:30 AM or 10:30 AM


Please register for only one of the dates/times. Arrive on-time--we have much to cover!

Seating and space is limited for each event. Please review the following videos prior to your arrival:

If you are on facebook or twitter, please check out our page for updates.  


Directions and Parking

·  For Directions to the capitol:

·  For information about public transportation:

·   Parking at the capitol:

 (The open parking just east of 17th Ave, around Wesley Bolin Memorial Park is a good option.)

Eat before you arrive; lunch will be on your own at the designated time.

·   Food is not permitted inside the Arizona Capitol Museum Historic Senate. Please eat prior to your arrival.

Social Work Day Packet & Materials

The NASWAZ SW Day Planning Committee will create a packet of information for you to review and share prior to the Social Work Day at the Legislature's events.


In addition, the ASU School of Social Work PhD Scholar's Club authored the "Arizona Legislative Advocacy Handbook for Social Workers" in 2014 to help social workers navigate the state legislature. Please click the link below to review online:

·   Arizona Legislative Advocacy Handbook for Social Workers





Please register and pick the session that works best for you. Once you register, print your itinerary so you know when and where to arrive.

·  Arrive at 8:30 AM if you have registered for the 8:30 AM session; 

·  Arrive at 10:30 AM if you are registered for the 10:30 AM session. 

·  Go to the Arizona Capitol Museum. This is the building under the copper dome at 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ.

·  Arrive at the scheduled time take part in the Social Work Day at the Legislature program including speakers and activities. 

·  Take the stairs or elevator to the 3rd Floor of the museum and you will be directed to the registration table for Social Work Day at the Legislature. Check in at one of the tables staffed with NASW volunteers. You will be directed to sit in the Historic Senate or Historic Supreme Court. 






8:30 AM & 10:30 AM Sign in

8:30 AM or 10:30 AM
·         Welcome 
·         NASWAZ Legislative Priorities 
·         Arizona State Budget 
·         Advocacy Message
·         Membership Benefits and Invitation to Join

12:00 PM Lunch on your own: Department of Economic Security (DES) Cafeteria, Capitol Museum Coffee Shop, or Governor's Office basement

1:00/1:30 PM Recognition in the House of Representatives and Senate Galleries

Activities include
·         Capital scavenger hunt in small groups
·         Ice breaker activity in room
·         Signing up for the Request to Speak system (RTS)
·         Attending caucus or committee hearing
·         Writing post card to legislators
·         Completing voter registration forms
·         Completing voter commitment cards
·         Completing advocacy commitment cards
·         CQ Engage system


Social Work Day at the Legislature Bills and Lobbying Topics

This year’s Social Work Day at the Legislature includes priorities around behavioral health, child welfare, and budget items. The bills surrounding these items are fluid and we will have our final bill list the day of the event.  By limiting our discussion to just a few bills or topics, we will be able to speak in a unified voice!  



Frequently Asked Questions about Social Work Day at the Legislature


1.) Will I be talking to lawmakers face to face?

This event will not schedule in-person meetings with lawmakers, however, we will be addressed by Senators and Representatives during the program. Our activities will focus on making sure that you know the issues that affect social workers and their clients. We will engage in advocacy activities and you will be provided the information to familiarize yourself with issues during the event.


2.) What should I wear?

Please dress in professional attire – no jeans, shorts, or flip-flops.  Suits are not mandatory, but it is generally better to be overdressed than under dressed.


3.) What about food?

Food is not allowed in our meeting room. We recommend that you eat a big breakfast. This year, lunch will be on your own. If you have special dietary restrictions, please pack a lunch.


4.) Can I write to my legislators or their staffers about other issues of concern, such as issues not related to social workers?

 Typically, it is best to limit letters to one or two topics at a time. We will focus on the NASW Arizona Chapter priorities during this event. By focusing the entire group on the same bills or topics, we will have a greater impact.   


5). What material should I read to prepare for the day?

Please review the documents in the "Social Work Day Packet & Materials" section. This includes:

·  Social Work Day Packet - This is the packet that we will refer to throughout the day.

·  Arizona Legislative Advocacy Handbook for Social Workers

·  Request to Speak System

In addition, NASW volunteers will provide additional handouts the day of the event.


We ask that you try to remember what Legislative (not Congressional) district you live in. We captured that information upon registration, and will write it down for you once your check-in.


Click here to find your Legislative District.


On behalf of the NASWAZ Social Work Day Planning Committee, thank you for your participation and helping to make Social Work Day at the Legislature a success!


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