NASW/TX Works for YOU!
The NASW Texas Chapter exists to advocate for social workers and to advance the profession of social work. Its activities include influencing legislative decisions, educating the public, developing loan forgiveness programs, and convincing legislators and employers to pay social workers fairly.
In this section, you will be able to learn about what our chapter is doing for YOU. Not all the subsections are complete as yet, so please come back to this page again and again to view the most recent actions we are taking on your behalf and find out what you can do to help.
In conjunction with the national Social Work Reinvestment Initiative, NASW/TX has developed its own 5-year work plan, all geared to advancing the profession. The work plan has goals, objectives, and concrete activities to:
1. recruit high quality applicants to our Schools of Social Work;
2. retain social workers in their profession;
3. conduct research on the value of social work services and social workers; and
4. reimburse and compensate social workers comparably to other like professions.
Click here to view Reinvestment efforts at the national level.
Presentation Materials and Resources
Closing Plenaries at NASW/Texas State Conferences
2011 Closing Plenary: Being a Bootstrap in a “Texas Tough” Environment -- PowerPoint
2009 Closing Plenary: Social Work Reinvestment: Purpose and Possibility -- PowerPoint
Social Work Reinvestment Materials
NASW/Texas 5-year Social Work Reinvestment Work Plan
General Fact Sheet
SWRI Report Card: Quarter 2, 2013, Year 4
SWRI Overview, Year 3
2013 Legislative Update
NASW/Texas 83rd Legislature Wrap up
Presentation Materials and Handouts
Personal Bootstrap Story Example
2013 Policy Issues
Letters to Officials
Petition for Loan Forgiveness
SLLI Grassroots Plan
Legislator Visit Role Play
Public Education Campaign
Templates for Letters to Editors of Local Newspapers
Child Protective Services
Medical Social Work
Schools of Social Work
In the Media
The NASW Public Education Campaign is all about changing the public's perception of the social work profession and of social workers. Stories in the media can reach very large audiences and can be very powerful in their impact on the public mindset. We will post stories here for you to view and share with public officials, colleagues, family, friends, anyone who might be interested in what social workers do and how they make a difference in communities.
If you read or hear a story about social workers that you would like to share, send a link or source information to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can add it to our growing list.
NPR: "In Bronx, An Alternative Fix for Failing Schools." A program that employs social workers to come to school is showing promising results.
Transcript of Radio Broadcast
Click here to read article on Child Welfare Retention Issues. (Posted 03/11/10)
Click here to read the article. (Posted 12/21/09)
Click here for the full article. (Posted 10/30/09)
Click here for the full article. (Posted 10/30/09)
Assorted References – Social Work Effectiveness
Assorted References Related to Social Work Effectiveness (Updated 7/1/13)
“As a judge, I participate in the operation of a mental health diversion court and a veteran’s diversion court. We are also in the process of launching a prostitution intervention program. A central and indispensible element that I see for the success of these programs is good assessment and case management. The assessment and case management must be performed by someone with specific training to both understand the complex dynamics of what caused a person to be involved in the justice system and to have ability to guide someone through the process of restoration to a quality crime-free lifestyle. In my experience, social workers have received an education that uniquely prepares them for these tasks. A good social worker knows the community and is able to locate every resource that is appropriate for an individual in need. A good social worker also has the skill to assess, advocate for, and guide an individual to the assistance they require. I cannot imagine a world where we do not depend on these quality professionals who in large part measure success by positive intervention in troubled lives. As a society we owe the professional social worker a debt of gratitude.”
Brent A. Carr, Judge
County Criminal Court No. 9
Fort Worth, Texas
December 2, 2010
“Socioeconomic issues may be just as impactful on a person’s health and well being as illness or injury. The social determinants of health can create enormous stress and significant barriers to provider access. It is important hospitals have social workers who can help provide the additional support necessary to ensure patients have the resources they need to maximize and maintain health. In the end, the entire community benefits from social workers’ dedication to helping others be whole.”
Ron J. Anderson, MD
Parkland Health & Hospital System
November 24, 2010
“When asked in June 1997 to design and create a high school for at-risk juniors and seniors which would eliminate high school barriers, I knew the students would need much more than academic support. This concept grew to be known as Gonzalo Garza Independence High School in the Austin Independent School district, Austin, Texas. To date, Garza has graduated over 1700 students, many of whom would not have graduated from high school and particularly without the services and interventions of a social worker on campus provided by Communities in Schools. The social worker and her social work interns from the University of Texas at Austin are able to secure and coordinate social/medical/legal services in the community as needed by the students for their multitude of challenges, assist with housing and transportation needs, and facilitate support groups on campus for students as needed and requested by the students. These social workers truly save lives on a daily basis. They are essential to the success of the students.”
Gonzalo Garza Independence High School, Austin Texas
April 7, 2010
"Social workers provide a vital link between our patients and their families and the many members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team. In an era of increasingly complex care planning pressures and increased institutional accountability for our patients’ wellbeing after discharge, the role of the social worker is more important than ever. As we work to care for the “whole patient” during these demanding times, we should take comfort in knowing that professional social workers are on the front lines."
Steve Newton, FACHE
Baylor Medical Center All Saints, Fort Worth Texas
"We value Social Work as an integral part of our healing mission. Strong and dedicated social workers are an essential part of our health care team, working closely with physicians, nurses and the community to help patients and their families cope with challenges caused by illness or life changes. They provide that extra dimension of care and support that many times is vital to the total care of the patient.”
Joel Allison, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Baylor Health Care System
"I have had the opportunity to work with Social Workers in Case Management throughout my career in acute care, long-term acute care, and rehabilitation hospitals. It is amazing to observe the many aspects of a patient’s stay, which the social work case manager touches. With every patient on the social worker’s case load there is communication and collaboration with the patient, family, physician, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nursing, payor sources, pharmacy, medical records, hospital finance, and outside services such as home health care. As I make rounds on the patient units, it is not unusual to hear a nurse or physician request the social worker to talk to the patient and family regarding hospice care or ask questions from what time an outside test is scheduled to how long the payor has authorized the patient’s stay. As I make my daily patient rounds, it is evident to see the relationship the patient has developed with the social worker case manager, one of advocacy. Recently, a pharmacist was admitted with a severe head injury. During his hospital stay, not only did his insurance lapse, his roommate decided that the pharmacist was no longer a suitable roommate and requested the social worker make other living arrangements for this patient. Although physically functional, the patient was unable to live by himself due to cognitive deficits. Additionally, the patient had been estranged from his family for several years. After many meetings and hours of phone calls by the social worker, the patient’s parents decided that they wanted their son back and saw that they could care for each other. An old proverb states that a picture is worth a thousand words. The expression on the faces of the patient and his parents, as they were reunited, was indeed a beautiful picture of what healthcare professionals, especially social workers, strive to achieve every day. During my career, I have seen numerous examples of some of the miracles that social workers have achieved while working within the constraints of our difficult and demanding healthcare system."
Deborah Hopps, MPS, RN, FACHE
Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital at City View
October 7, 2009
“I have long believed that Social Work is one of the noblest professions. Its dedicated practitioners have devoted themselves to advancing the health and social conditions of a community’s most vulnerable populations. Our social workers are integral members of our healthcare team and vital to our ability to fulfill our Mission of providing high quality, affordable healthcare services to everyone who walks through our doors.”
James N. Valenti
President & CEO
University Medical Center of El Paso
Loan Forgiveness Opportunities
The national office of NASW has information regarding national loan forgiveness programs. To view, click here.
Loan repayment programs for social workers and other health professionals...click here to view.
Loan Repayment Program Position Paper
83rd Legislative Session Review
National Social Work Reinvestment
Health Care Reform
How can you help?
Contact your legislator
Position papers can be found under Public Policy - Testimony, Comments, & Positions.