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 […]

Testimony on S.B. 274: An Act Concerning Increased Funding To Planned Parenthood And Other Family Planning Clinics

Human Services Committee March 5, 2020 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,400 members supports S.B. 274. Title X provides for essential health care services to low income individuals and it is imperative that such services continue to be funded, through state dollars as necessary. Data […]

Testimony on SB 346: AAC Public Options for Health Care in Connecticut

Insurance and Real Estate Committee March 5, 2020 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,400 members, NASW/CT is in support of SB 346.  Health care is a right, not a privilege, yet due to the continuing high costs for coverage far too many […]