Legislative Information

THE NASW/CT CHAPTER BELIEVES THAT NO MATTER WHERE WE PRACTICE AS SOCIAL WORKERS PUBLIC POLICY DIRECTLY IMPACTS OUR PRACTICE.

Hence, we approach our work through the following activities:

  • Legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of the profession and on issues impacting our clients.
  • Building relationships with legislators and other policy-makers through our Legislative Committee (ELAN), through our political action committee
    (CT-PACE), working in coalition with other organizations who share our public polcy goals and through policy analysis.
  • Educating our members and social work students on the legislative process through our Annual Lobby Training, presentations to social service agencies, including hospital social work departments and non-profit organizations, presentations to social work policy classes at all undergratuate and graduate programs in the state of Connecticut, mentoring students and supervising interns.

REMINDER: The NASW Code of Ethics states:

VALUE: Social Justice
ETHICAL PRINCIPLE: Social Workers Challenge Social Justice.

Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people.  Social workers’ social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice.  These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity.  Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all.

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Become Involved in the Legislative Process!

It is imperative that members become involved in our legislative work. No matter what field of social work we pursue, public policy directly impacts our practice!

Listed below are different levels of involvement where members can have an impact. Please review these and choose at least one in which you would like to become involved. Call NASWCT Today!
Contact: Steve Karp 860-257-8066 or e-mail:skarp@naswct.net. Become a member of our Legislative Committee, ELAN, which meets the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Chapter Office.

  • Present or prepare Testimony on one of the above listed pieces of legislation.
  • Write letters to your legislators
  • Make phone calls to your legislators.
  • Become part of a phone bank network on one of our pieces of legislation.
  • Become part of an e-mail network on one of our pieces of legislation.