2008 Legislative Session

Professional Practice

Support Title Protection for social workers

Washington State is one of only six states that does not have some form of title protection for social workers. Workers lacking professional social work educations or licenses increase the danger of unqualified, unethical, and improper social work practice. NASW’s Title Protection bill will allow only social workers with a social work degree or license to claim the title of social worker.

Client Rights

Support the Washington State Working Families Credit 
Lower paid workers in our state have difficulty meeting their basic needs in today’s economy, and they pay a disproportionate share of their income in taxes. A Working Families Credit would increase a family’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by 10%.

Civil Rights

Support an expansion in the domestic partnership law 
Families of same-sex couples in our state enjoy only a fraction of the rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples. NASW supports increasing the protections afforded to persons who register as domestic partners.

Restore voting rights for felons who have completed their responsibilities to the state 
An estimated 151,000 Washingtonians – 3.7% of the state’s total voting population – are currently disenfranchised from voting because of their status as an ex-felon who has served a sentence but is still completing financial responsibilities to the state. NASW supports the restoration of voting rights for these individuals.


Preserve health and human services funding 
Health and human services programs play critical roles in keeping communities healthy and safe. NASW will continue to work to protect health and human services funding in the 2008-2009 Supplementary Washington State Budget.

(From the Code of Ethics)
Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients (individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities). Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values that are the foundation of social work’s unique purpose and perspective:

  • Service
  • Social justice
  • Dignity and worth of the person
  • Importance of human relationships
  • Integrity
  • Competence

Title Protection Paper

The Washington State Chapter of hte National Association of Social Workers (NASW) supports title protection for Social Workers.  Safeguard the public through social work title protection.  Define Social Workers in the law.



Changes to Supervision Requirements Paper

Support HB 2474; Amend the Licensed Social Worker Supervision Law



Expansion of Domestic Partnership Paper

Support HB3104 / SB 6716 to increase the protections afforded to persons who register as domestic partners



Restoring Right to Vote Paper

Support HB 1473/SB 5530 to restore the right to vote for individuals who have completed their sentences and eliminate the need to pay off their Legal Financial Obligations.



Working Families Credit

Paper NASW-WA asks that you promote tax fairness and reduce poverty among children by supporting legislation enacting a Working Families Credit.



Death with Dignity Paper

Support the Death With Dignity Initiative to legalize the option of assisted death for terminally ill, mentally competent adults.



LAC Position Papers