Legislative Agenda

2022 Legislative Agenda

  1. Advancing Racial, Economic, Environmental, and Social Justice

NASW/CT supports legislation that specifically promotes elimination of inequities and disparities relating to race, class, gender, and ethnicity. We seek actions that promote anti-racist policies and culturally responsive practices in all aspects of community life, including but not limited to social services, health care, mental health and addiction services, child care, education, affordable housing, employment, and equitable access to capital and justice; that address the feminization of poverty through the lens of intersectionality; and that address the inequitable impact of Covid-19.

NASW/CT supports legislation that bans child marriage and criminalizes genital mutilation.

NASW/CT supports the Transportation and Climate Initiative.

NASW/CT supports zoning reforms which include diverse housing options.

 Protecting Safety Net Services

NASW/CT holds the position that every Connecticut resident and family should be able to meet their basic human needs and opposes cuts to safety net programs that serve Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations and supports programs that prevent individuals from falling into poverty.

NASW/CT promotes actions that advance Medicaid expansion within the state, including dental care; and that protect and provide families with economic stability regarding the benefits cliff.

 Expanding Access to Comprehensive Medical and Behavioral Health Care

NASW/CT believes that every Connecticut resident has the right to accessible, comprehensive health care. Specifically, we support public options for health coverage, expansion of Medicaid/HUSKY eligibility to 201% of the federal poverty level, and Medicaid coverage for undocumented immigrants.

NASW/CT supports encouragement of integrated health care that provides a continuum of care and applies “no wrong door” practices and procedures.

NASW/CT supports legislation that addresses the tsunami of behavioral health needs brought on by Covid-19, focusing on the needs of children. We support expansion of school-based mental health clinics and employment of school social workers, school psychologists and school counselors in every school.

NASW/CT supports legislation allowing continued behavioral health treatment from out-of-state therapists while their clients are attending school in Connecticut.

  1. Policing, Justice, and Prison Reform

NASW/CT supports legislation that specifically promotes youth justice reform, elimination of solitary confinement, reallocating funds from incarceration to decarceration, police accountability, and programs that offer community-based crisis interventions – including peers, treatment, and alternatives to arrest and incarceration.

NASW/CT supports legislation that raises the age of child arrest from 10 to 12 years old; automatically erases youth records at age 18; bans the use of chemical agents on youth; and establishes differential response programs for children under the age of 12.

NASW/CT supports legislation that promotes community-based sentencing for specific offenses by low-risk primary caregivers.

NASW supports inclusion of licensed clinical social workers to the a) list of providers eligible to perform mental health assessments of law enforcement officers and b) new 988 crisis response system.

  1. Voting and Election Reform

NASW/CT supports encouragement of voting by all eligible residents. We support mail in voting and restoration of voting rights for parolees.

  1. Tax Reform

NASW/CT supports tax reform that promotes economic justice. We support increased income taxes on the wealthy, expansion of the estate and gift tax, and establishment of a surcharge on investment income and a sunset on corporate tax breaks. To address the growing inequity, we support a state Child Tax Credit to supplement, and supplant, the temporary relief of the federal credit.

  1. Protecting and Strengthening the Profession

NASW/CT supports legislation that allows social workers to practice at their highest level of scope of practice. We support measures to assure workplace safety, inclusive of physical and emotional trauma and personal protective equipment. We recommend reducing tuition costs for behavioral health degrees and addressing loan forgiveness for behavioral health professionals in practice fields experiencing shortages of personnel and/or serving communities of greatest need, including social workers as an eligible profession.

NASW/CT promotes inclusion of social workers on relevant statutory advisory committees, task forces, commissions, and working groups.