Comments to CMS on Nursing Home Social Work

Comments to CMS on Nursing Home Social Work Long-term Care – HPA45  The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,400 members offers the following comments on HPA45. We understand that the focus of HPA45 is nursing, however we offer this document to help CMS understand the urgent need to also address social […]

SB 459: AN ACT CONCERNING THE COMMISSION FOR CORRECTIONAL OVERSIGHT, THE USE OF ISOLATED CONFINEMENT, SECLUSION, RESTRAINTS, STRIP SEARCHES, SOCIAL CONTACTS FOR INCARCERATED PERSONS, TRANSPARENCY FOR CONDITIONS OF INCARCERATION AND CORRECTIONAL OFFICER TRAINING.

Judiciary Committee March 25, 2022 Submitted by: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter supports Bill 459. NASW/CT opposes the punitive and inhumane practice of solitary confinement, and support the measures taken in 459 to alleviate some of the most damaging aspects of such confinement. As stated in Social Work Speaks, […]

Testimony on S.B. 471 – An Act Concerning Elections And State Voting Rights

Government Administration and Elections Committee March 25, 2022 Submitted by: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing nearly 2,400 members statewide, we offer this testimony on S.B. 471. Voting is the basis of a democracy and as such it should be conducted in ways that makes voting […]

Testimony on SB 1: An Act Concerning Childhood Mental & Physical Health Services in Schools

Education Committee March 18, 2022 Submitted by: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW  On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing nearly 2,400 members, we strongly support SB 1 except for Section 3, which we oppose. Section 1 of the bill will provide informative data as to the numbers of school social workers and […]

Testimony on HB 5322: An Act Concerning the Creation of a Human Services Permit and a Requirement That School Social Workers Conduct Home Visits During the School Year

Education Committee March 18, 2022 Submitted by: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW  On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing nearly 2,400 members we strongly oppose HB 5322. This bill allows the State Department of Education to create a permit program for certain baccalaureate degreed individuals to perform mental health functions in public […]

Testimony on HB 5450: An Act Concerning Telehealth

Insurance & Real Estate Committee March 18, 2022 Submitted by: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW  On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing nearly 2,400 members we oppose Section 5 (3) of HB 5450. We are in support of Sections 1-4, especially the new language of sections 2 & 3 regarding applying the […]

TESTIMONY REGARDING SB-386: AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF THE JUVENILE DELINQUENCY LAWS OF THIS STATE and SB-387: AN ACT CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE POLICY AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Judiciary Committee March 14, 2022 Presented By: Kathleen Callahan, MSW Dear Honorable Chairpersons Winfield and Stafstrom, Ranking Members Kissel and Fishbein, Vice Chairs Kasser and Blumenthal, and all other Members of the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly: My name is Kathleen Callahan, a resident of Stratford, and the chair of the National Association […]

TESTIMONY SUPPORTING HB-5429: AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT.

Planning and Development Committee March 14, 2022 Presented By: Kathleen Callahan, MSW Dear Honorable Chairpersons Cassano and McCarthy Vahey, Ranking Members Hwang and Zullo, Vice Chairs Needleman and Goupil, and all other distinguished Members of the Planning and Development Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly: My name is Kathleen Callahan, a resident of Stratford, and […]

TESTIMONY SUPPORTING SB-284: AN ACT INCREASING THE AGE FROM EIGHT TO EIGHTEEN YEARS FOR AN INCOME-ELIGIBLE PERSON TO OBTAIN MEDICAL ASSISTANCE REGARDLESS OF IMMIGRATION STATUS.

Human Services Committee March 10, 2022 Presented By: Kathleen Callahan, MSW Dear Honorable Chairpersons Moore and Abercrombie, Ranking Members Berthel and Case, Vice Chairs Lesser and Leeper, and all other distinguished Members of the Human Services Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly: My name is Kathleen Callahan, a resident of Stratford, and the chair of […]

Testimony on H.B. 5395: AN ACT CONCERNING AN EXPEDITED LICENSURE PROCESS FOR CERTAIN OUT-OF-STATE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS

Public Health Committee March 14, 2022 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing nearly 2,400 members supports H.B. 5395 provisions for reciprocity and psychology compact. The provisions in this bill are long overdue and much needed to encourage ease of practice with consumers in Connecticut. As the state’s […]