Pulling Together: Advocacy During the Trump Administration

Pulling Together: Advocacy During the Trump Administration

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Pulling Together: Advocacy During the Trump Administration

January 15, 2017, 11 am-2 pm

University of Washington School of Social Work, Room 305A/B

 

Sponsored by:

Washington State Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers

Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work

National Association of Social Workers, Washington Chapter

 

There are many reasons that the Washington mental health/substance use and social service community is concerned about the possible negative impacts that the Trump Administration may have on access to mental health/substance use treatment, social services, protection of civil rights, protection of immigration rights and much, much more.

 

This meeting is an opportunity to come together with all the social workers, psychologists, counselors, and others who are concerned about the way to make sure that Washington opposes the potentially harmful effects of policies which were proposed during the campaign by Trump.  It is a chance for all of us to come together to share information, identify priorities, and reaffirm our goals as a community.

 

Please take the Survey found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KV2CVJT which will be the basis for the discussion and join us for this informative and empowering meeting.  A light lunch will be served. Register for this event at the NASW Chapter website:  https://nasw-wa.org/event-registration/?ee=156.

 

Advocacy in 2017

We have no doubt that the incoming Federal administration will make changes in policies, laws, and regulations affecting clinical social workers and our clients. It is possible that some changes will make for needed improvements.  Others, however, may make it difficult for individuals needing mental health or substance use treatment to obtain care.  Some may conflict with the ethical principles set out in our Codes of Ethics.  Still others could affect the cost of insurance, our reimbursement rates and the viability of our agencies and small businesses.

Even though the changes we anticipate now will be shifting and evolving as the new administration takes shape, the mental health and social services organizations in Washington are trying to begin formulating our strategy for advocacy to oppose the many changes that may affect our cherished health care and civil rights.

The major areas below – based only what we have heard so far during the campaign and transition – are designed to provide context for considering how changes might affect our practices and our patients in the Trump administration. We want to hear from you about which issues are of most concern in these areas.

You can access the Survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KV2CVJT. Please identify the two issues that cause you the most concern in each area, and add other concerns at the survey using this link by December 28.

  • MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT
  • MENTAL HEALTH PARITY AND REFORM LEGISLATION
  • THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (“Obamacare”)
  • MEDICARE
  • MEDICAID
  • DIVERSITY AND CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES

The results will be made available after January 1, 2017, and discussed at an Advocacy meeting for all clinicians and caseworkers at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Room 305 A/B on Sunday, January 15, 11 am-2 pm. See attached invitation to register. Ways to engage in advocacy will be discussed and encouraged.

Thanks for your help in developing a mental health and social services legislative agenda in 2017.

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