greater washington society
for clinical social work

Promoting the highest standards of clinical social work practice through education, advocacy, and community.

The purpose of the Advocacy Branch is to advocate for issues of importance to Clinical Social Workers as professionals; that is, we focus on mental health care issues in each jurisdiction, clinical social work licensing and practice issues, including reimbursement rates, and raising awareness of the importance of our profession and the services we provide. The Branch is not a political arm of the Society. GWSCSW does not contribute to individual candidates or legislators for Federal and municipal government.

The focus of the legislative program is deliberately narrow. We are not in competition with NASW, which has a broad political and social agenda. NASW has a political PAC; they endorse candidates; they take stands on issues like war, gun control, and so on. Members of GWSCSW may personally support those important positions, and may encourage other members to do so as well. Our Society’s advocacy centers on issues of importance to clinical social workers as professionals: mental health issues and clinical social work licensing/practice issues.

GWSCSW is committed to monitoring and working on legislative issues that can affect your clinical practice. For more details, review the latest Legislative Alerts and our newsletter, News & Views. This information is constantly changing so be sure to check this site frequently to stay updated on the latest legislative activities.

GWSCSW provides members with current and past national legislation that affects clinical social workers and the need for action to members of Congress. The archive of Legislative information can be found on the Legislative Archives page. 

The GWSCSW Legislative Program has three active committees: the Maryland Legislative Committee, the DC Legislative Committee, and the Virginia Legislative Committee. Each is responsive to issues in its particular jurisdiction; committee members learn about issues, meet with legislators, attend meetings and hearings, offer testimony, write letters, organize grassroots email campaigns, keep members informed with legislative alerts, and provide the Society with a voice in the decision-making process. 

The legislative program has a director to coordinate and support the efforts of the three committees and to keep the GWSCSW officers informed. The focus of the legislative program is deliberately narrow. We are not in competition with NASW, which has a broad political and social agenda. NASW has a political PAC; they endorse candidates; they take stands on issues like war, gun control, and so on. Members of GWSCSW may personally support those important positions, but our Society advocacy centers on issues of importance to clinical social workers as professionals: mental health issues and clinical social work licensing/practice issues.

dc contacts

maryland contacts

virginia contacts

Department of Health
Health Professional Licensing Administration
717 14th Street, N.W., Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20005
(Metro Center Metro Stop)

Gabrielle Schultz, Licensing Specialist
Phone: (202) 724-8739
gabrielle.schultz@dc.gov
Website

Council of the District of Columbia
Committee on Health, Department of Mental Health

Council of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

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Clinical Social Work Association
The National Voice for Clinical Social Work
www.clinicalsocialworkassociation.org







Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners
4102 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215-2299
Phone: (410) 764-4788 
Fax: (410) 358-2469
Toll Free: 1 (877) 526-2541
TDD: 1 (800) 542-4964

James Merrell, Executive Director
merrowj@dhmh.state.md.us
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Maryland General Assembly
Legislative Services Building
90 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Virginia Board of Social Work
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233-1463
Phone: (804) 367-4441
Fax: (804) 527-4435

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Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc.

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