Testimony on SB 397: An Act Promoting Employment Advancement and the Economy by Addressing the Benefits Cliff

Human Services Committee March 17, 2020 Submitted by: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW The National Association of Social Workers representing over 2,400 members is in support of SB 397. This bill will mitigate the problems that will arise as beneficiaries of income support programs reach the benefits cliff due to income increases from the higher minimum wage […]

Testimony on SB 428 –An act concerning assisted outpatient treatment for certain persons with psychiatric disabilities

Public Safety March 10, 2020 Submitted by: Dr. Christine Limone, PhD, LCSW Members of the Public Safety and Security Committee: My name is Dr. Christine Limone.  I am a licensed clinical social worker, a social work educator, and hold a doctorate in social work from Fordham University. I am here today to express my opposition […]

Testimony on H.B. 5448: An Act Concerning A Risk Protection Order Or Warrant

Judiciary Committee March 13, 2020 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,400 members supports H.B. 5448. NASW/CT seeks a revision in the bill by the addition of “social workers” to the description of “medical professional” in lines 126-130.  Clinical social workers provide two-thirds of all the […]

Testimony on SB 403: AAC The Board of Pardons and Paroles, Erasure of Criminal Records for Certain Misdemeanor and Felony Offenses and Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Criminal History Record Information

Judiciary Committee March 9, 2020 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2400 members supports SB 403. Many social work clients report that the current pardon process is difficult to understand, uneven and lacking in transparency.  People report they cannot successfully complete the application without the help […]

Testimony on House Bill 5420: An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients

Public Health Committee March 13, 2020 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW The National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut Chapter (NASW/CT), supports House Bill 5420. Our professional Code of Ethics stresses the “dignity and worth of the person,” with a key ethical responsibility of respecting a person’s self-determination – that is, the right and ability an […]

Testimony on H.B. 5446: AAC Medicaid Coverage of In-Home Counseling and Support Provided by a Home Health Agency

Human Services Committee March 12, 2020 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,400 members, we are in support of Raised Bill 5446. The specialized training of home care clinical social workers is an essential aspect of home care, yet one that is not […]

Testimony on H.B. 5019: An act concerning fair futures following erasure of criminal records

Joint Committee on Judiciary March 9, 2020 Submitted By: Mackenzie Baysinger The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,400 members statewide, supports H.B No. 5019. Passing this legislation means a stronger workforce, more successful society, and a more just process within the criminal justice system. This legislation would provide a more equitable […]

Testimony on H.B. 5417: An Act Concerning The Department of Public Health’s Recommendations Regarding Various Revisions To The Public Health Statutes

Public Health Committee March 9, 2020 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,400 members statewide, supports section 41 of H.B. 5417. This section will increase the number of home study/online continuing education hours that licensed social workers can attain for license renewal. The current maximum is […]

Testimony on H.B. 5178: An Act Concerning Adoption And Implementation Of The Connecticut Parentage Act

Connecticut Parentage Act Judiciary Committee March 6, 2020 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,400 members supports H.B. 5178. This bill effectively updates the state’s parentage law to reflect the reality of families in 2020. Children need the psychological security of knowing who their parent is […]

Testimony on S.B. 354: AN ACT ESTABLISHING A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR CONNECTICUT

Joint Committee on Labor and Public Employees March 4, 2020 Submitted by: Mackenzie Baysinger The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,400 members supports S.B 354. Climate change is the greatest threat facing our world today and it is imperative that we begin to make the necessary changes to restore the environment […]