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Public Policy Committee

The NASWAZ Public Policy Committee is the organization's advocacy voice for all Arizona social workers and the vulnerable people they serve. The goal of the Public Policy Committee is to educate, inform and engage the NASWAZ membership about issues related to candidate election, public policy issues and the legislative process. Specific objectives include:

   1. To set the annual legislative agenda and identify other public policy
   2. To educate members on issues.
   3. To advocate for issues and provide legislative presence.
   4. To maintain an email alert system.
   5. To coordinate with other human service advocacy organizations.
   6. To provide training on legislative advocacy.

Click here to read the letter sent to the Governor and Legislature.


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Click here for information about 2018 Social Work Day at the Legislature events. 

Our Legislative Priorities for 2018


Funding for Health and Human Services: Social workers identified salary and human service funding as top priorities. Further, our social work professionals outlined challenges their clients continue to face due to issues of poverty, lack of affordable housing, lack of living wage employment, lack of access to community resources, and other social justice concerns as they work to improve their clients’ lives. Funding for health and human service interventions, including prevention and treatment, will help Arizona’s most vulnerable residents across the lifespan, and such interventions reduce future costs.


Child Welfare Reform: Our association continues its efforts to advocate for programs and services needed to ensure the safety, permanence, and well-being of children and families involved with the Department of Child Safety. A vital component of that effort includes providing support for the child welfare workforce. Additionally, we support increased use of evidence-based prevention and treatment models provided by qualified social work professionals.


Ease of licensure through Board of Behavioral Health Examiners: Social work is a distinct profession with highly qualified professionals, and the profession has worked hard to ensure multilevel licensure for social workers in all states. We support the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and will continue to work with stakeholders to improve the ease of transfer of professional licenses from other states to Arizona while ensuring the safety of the public who we serve. If someone has successfully practiced in another state for three years without disciplinary action, Arizona should make it easier for those professionals to relocate to Arizona. This is one vital tool to address the workforce shortages in our state.


Social Work Day at the Legislature Events

Additionally, a sub-committee of the Public Policy Committee plans and implements the annual Social Work Day at the Legislature series of events. Other than the major planning for this event, most of the meetings for the Public Policy Committee are done by email. New members do not need to have previous experience with legislative advocacy; the best qualification for members of this committee is a passion for the laws and policies that protect the rights and improve the lives of vulnerable people.

2018 Social Work Day at the Legislature Planning efforts have resulted in choosing three dates for 2018. Click the image below for more information.

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