Testimony on Bill 1S.B 1090: An Act Establishing A Commission To Study A HUSKY For All Single Payer, Universal Health Care Program

Human Services Committee March 30, 2021 Submitted by: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, representing over 2,300 members statewide we offer our strong support of S.B. 1090. Connecticut needs a health care system for all of our residents. What we have now is a health care fragmentation arena that […]

Testimony on S.B. 1: An Act Equalizing Comprehensive Access to Mental, Behavioral, and Physical Health in Response to the Pandemic

Public Health Committee March 17, 2021 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp NASW/CT representing over 2,300 members offers the following comments and recommendations on selected sections of S.B. 1. Section 1: The concept of an exit interview is well intentioned, and the post-school resources that would be offered to former students is supportable, however we have concerns […]

Testimony on Bill 1086: An Act Concerning Mental and Behavioral Health Services

Public Health Committee March 29, 2021 Submitted by: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, representing over 2,300 members statewide we offer these comments and recommended changes to raised bill 1086. SECTION 1 Section 1 (b) we have a technical change that may actually belong in one of the technical […]

Testimony on H.B. 6666: An Act Concerning the Department of Public Health’s Recommendations Regarding Various Revisions to the Public Health Statutes

Public Health Committee March 29, 2021 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,300 members statewide, supports section 38 of H.B. 6666. 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 REGARDING HB-6662: AN ACT DECLARING RACISM AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND ESTABLISHING THE COMMISSION ON RACIAL EQUITY IN PUBLIC HEALTH

Appropriations Committee March 26, 2021 Presented By: Kathleen Callahan, MSW Dear Honorable Chairpersons Osten and Walker, Ranking Members Miner and France, Vice Chairs Hartley, Dathan, and Nolan, and all other distinguished Members of the Appropriations Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly: On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,300 […]

Testimony on Committee Bill 6635: An Act Concerning Temporary Family Assistance

Human Services Committee March 25, 2021 Submitted by: Stephen Monroe Tomczak, Ph.D., LMSW On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,300 members statewide, we thank the Human Services Committee for raising 6635 and offer this testimony in strong support of Committee Bill 6635. NASW/CT has a long history of […]

Testimony on S.B. No. 1056: AN ACT EXPANDING ACCESS TO MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Human Services Committee March 25, 2021 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,300 members statewide, strongly supports S.B. 1056. This bill will restore cuts made in 2015 to HUSKY A and equalize income eligibility amongst the major HUSKY programs. S.B. 1056 is a most significant approach to […]

Testimony on SB 5: An Act Concerning Increased Opportunities for Absentee Voting, Safe and Secure In-Person Voting and Voter Registration

Government Administration and Elections Committee March 26, 2021 Submitted by: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,300 members statewide, we offer this testimony on S.B. 5. Voting is the basis of a democracy and as such it should be conducted in ways that makes voter […]

TESTIMONY ON BILL 1059: AN ACT CONCERNING THE CORRECTION ACCOUNTABILITY COMMISSION, THE OFFICE OF THE CORRECTION OMBUDS, THE USE OF ISOLATED CONFINEMENT, SECLUSION AND RESTRAINTS, SOCIAL CONTACTS FOR INCARCERATED PERSONS AND TRAINING AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS FOR CORRECTION OFFICERS.

Judiciary Committee March 22, 2021 Submitted by: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter supports Bill 1059. NASW/CT opposes the punitive and inhumane practice of solitary confinement, while we support the creation of an Ombuds program. As stated in Social Work Speaks, Social Work in the Criminal Justice System, 2017, “Based […]

Testimony on SB 972, An Act Concerning the Cost of Telecom Services in Correctional Facilities

Committee on Judiciary March 21, 2021 Submitted: Amber Kelly, PhD, MSW, LCSW On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut chapter, representing over 2,300 members, we are in strong support of S.B. 972. This bill would eliminate the cost of communications between incarcerated CT residents and their families and communities, and help in […]