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The Future of Social Work
Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH
Written Remarks
June 18, 2009

I’m Betsy Clark, the Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers in Washington, DC.  I’m pleased to be addressing you again regarding the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young Social Work Reinvestment Act.  This important legislation has been reintroduced into the 111th Congress.   We are pleased to have our social work colleagues, Representative Ed Towns and Senator Barbara Mikulski as the introducers and sponsors of this bill. 

Your outpouring of grassroots support during the last Congress was unprecedented on behalf of this legislation.  Almost 60,000 of you contacted your Representative and Senators in support of the bill.  This bottom-up approach helped to secure 82 cosponsors in the House and 14 in the Senate at the end of the 110th Congress. 

We need your help and advocacy once again.  With the 111th Congress underway, we have a new opportunity to reinvest in our profession.  We must contact our members of Congress again, and tell them that this legislation is critical to the future of the profession of social work, and even more importantly, to the millions of clients we serve every day. 

Social workers create sustainable change in every community in our nation.  Not only do you do your job, working to improve lives, support families, and enrich communities, but many of you do so with low salaries, high educational debt, and even concerns for your own safety.

These workforce issues are serious.  They are not minor concerns.  If left unaddressed these issues will prevent our profession from recruiting new social workers and some of you might even choose to leave the field.

The time is now.  Social work is essential to our society.  The current economic turmoil is negatively affecting social workers as well as our clients.   

I am asking for your help today to ensure that our profession survives and thrives and to be certain that the millions of our clients will continue to receive good social work services.  Contact your members of Congress in support of the Social Work Reinvestment Act.

Take action today by simply clicking the links on this page to send a letter to your Representative and your Senators. It will take just moments, and is necessary to ensure the passage of the Social Work Reinvestment Act as well as the future of the profession.
Thank You.