TESTIMONY SUPPORTING HB-5654: AN ACT CONCERNING THE UPDATING OF STATE FORMS, APPLICATIONS AND METHODS OF IDENTIFICATION TO INCLUDE A NONBINARY GENDER OPTION.

Government Administration and Elections Committee March 19, 2021 Presented By: Kathleen Callahan, MSW Dear Honorable Chairpersons Flexer and Fox, Ranking Members Sampson and Mastrofrancesco, Vice Chairs Haskell and Thomas, and all other Members of the Government Administration and Elections Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly: My name is Kathleen Callahan, a resident of Stratford, and […]

Testimony on Raised Bill 1057: An Act Concerning Nursing Homes

Human Services Committee March 25, 2021 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW  On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut chapter, representing over 2,300 members, we support bill 1057, however seek the inclusion of social work to the list of staff needing improved ratios. It is long overdue for the State to update the […]

Testimony on S.B. 1030: An Act Concerning Long-Term Care Facilities

Public Health Committee March 17, 2021 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut chapter, representing over 2,300 members, we support S.B. 1030. Nursing homes have for too long been the underbelly of the health care system, neglected on health care policy reforms, which significantly contributed to the […]

HB 6187 An Act Concerning the Restructuring of Certain Taxes and Equity SB 821 An Act Concerning the Reformation of Certain Taxes and Tax Equity

Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee March 15, 2021 Stephen Monroe Tomczak, Ph.D., L.M.S.W. Good afternoon Senator Fonfara, Representative Scanlon, Senator Martin, Representative Cheeseman, and the distinguished members of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.  My name is Stephen Monroe Tomczak, and I am a longtime resident of Wallingford. I serve on the legislative action network […]

Testimony on SB 1024: An Act concerning Zoning Authority, certain design guidelines, Qualifications of Certain Land Use Officials and Certain Sewage Disposal Solutions.

Planning and Development Committee March 15, 2021 Submitted: William M. Knoegel, L.C.S.W. On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, CT. Chapter representing over 2300 members, we are in support of Committee Bill SB 1024. As Social Workers, we face the task in assisting in finding housing for homeless, seniors, disabled people, veterans, low […]

Testimonial on S.B. 1022: An Act Concerning Telehealth

Insurance & Real Estate & Public Health Committees March 15, 2021 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW On behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter we urge the passage of S.B. 1022: AAC Telehealth before the Insurance and Public Health Committees. Telehealth has become a primary means of delivering health care in the […]

Testimony on S.B. 956: An Act Providing Medical Assistance to Certain Individuals Regardless of Immigration Status

Human Services Committee March 11, 2021 Submitted By: Christina Cowan, NASW/CT Intern, MSW Student – Quinnipiac University The National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut Chapter (NASW/CT), representing over 2,300 members, supports S.B. 956 to include medical assistance under the Medicaid program to needy pregnant women regardless of immigration status and children who are eligible for […]

Testimony on Raised Bill 1017: An Act Concerning Election Administration

Government Administration and Elections Committee March 10, 2021 Submitted By: Stephen Wanczyk-Karp, LMSW The National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter representing over 2,300 members statewide supports the continuation of ballot drop boxes as called for in Bill 1017. The pandemic emergency challenged the state as how to conduct safe election voting. The decision to […]

TESTIMONY REGARDING HB-6439: AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE THIRTIETH, 2023, AND MAKING APPROPRIATIONS THEREFOR

Appropriations Committee March 9, 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: My name is Kathleen Callahan, a resident of Stratford, and the Community Programming and […]

TESTIMONY SUPPORTING SB-1019: AN ACT CONCERNING THE BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES, ERASURE OF CRIMINAL RECORDS FOR CERTAIN MISDEMEANOR AND FELONY OFFENSES, PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION BASED ON ERASED CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD INFORMATION AND CONCERNING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT SENTENCING COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO MISDEMEANOR SENTENCES and SB-978: AN ACT CONCERNING PAROLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS SERVING LENGTHY SENTENCES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED BEFORE THE INDIVIDUAL TURNED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE.

Judiciary Committee March 10, 2021 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 Community Programming and Development Lead […]