03.01.17

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates Social Work Month

Washington DC – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee celebrated the beginning of Social Work Month by reintroducing several bills to recognize and support the contributions of social workers.

“As a psychiatric social worker, I know firsthand the invaluable contributions that social workers make to our country. Social workers are critical, especially for the most vulnerable in our communities. With empathy and compassion, social workers provide vital support to individuals and families and help ensure high quality care and resources for all,” said Congresswoman Lee. “Congress must invest in our social workers and ensure they have adequate support.”

Congresswoman Lee reintroduced the Social Work Reinvestment Act, which would establish a commission to study the social work profession and promote recruitment, retention and reinvestment in social workers. In order to address the significant challenges felt by more than 650,000 professional social workers, the Social Work Reinvestment Act would ensure that millions of individuals and families throughout the nation continue to receive well-rounded care.

She also reintroduced the Improving Access to Mental Health Act, which would raise the reimbursements for clinical social workers who provide critical mental and behavioral health care to Medicare beneficiaries. This legislation is critical to providing seniors continuous and complete access to high-quality mental health services from Clinical Social Workers (CSWs).

World Social Work Day, which will be held on March 21st, focuses on “Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability.” This year’s celebration raises awareness for the social work profession and the extraordinary impact of social workers in our communities.

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