Social Work alumni met with legislators on Capitol Hill in Austin for Social Work Advocacy Day
Social Work alumni met with legislators on Capitol Hill in Austin for Social Work Advocacy Day

UTSA alumni represented a group of social workers on March 3 in Austin, TX to advocate for policies that will enable social workers to provide high-quality services in Texas communities.

Every other year, social workers advocate for actions which enable professional social workers to provide the highest quality and most effective services to strengthen Texas communities. The objectives are to demonstrate an understanding of the legislative process and its relationship to client well-being and services, to understand the power of becoming a factual, objective, concise advocate for legislation, to learn how to engage in an effective meeting with a legislative office, and to be knowledgeable about social work legislation and issue for the 84th Legislative Session.

Social Workers had the opportunity to meet legislators and discuss items that are essential to helping social workers succeed.  Here are some of the items:

House Bill 233 by Rep. Jessica Farrar/Senate Bill 675 by Sen. José Rodríguez:

School Social Work services to be added to the Texas Education Code

House Bill 1116 by Rep. J.D Sheffield/Senate Bill 378 by Sen. José Rodríguez:

Liability Protection for social workers when they volunteer for their communities

House Bill 841 by Rep. Elliott Naishtat:

Social Work Center for Workforce Studies at the Department of State Health Services

Senate Bill 358 by Sen. Royce West:

Student Loan Repayment Assistance for DFPS Workers

House Bill 1241 by Rep. JM Lozano/Senate Bill 239 by Sen. Charles Schwertner:

Loan Repayment for Licensed Clinical Social Workers

House Bill 1434 by Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon:

Mental Health Specialist to be added to school districts

Senate Bill 106 by Sen. John Whitmire:

Truancy Prevention

House Bill 761 by Rep. Bill Zedler: Equitable Reimbursement for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) who are Medicaid providers

“As field instructors, we take our social work interns to learn about the legislative process and, hopefully, carry on the tradition when they graduate and become field instructors themselves,” said Leticia Cavazos, program administrator at the Center for Health Care Service and alumna of the Master of Social Work program in the College of Public Policy.  “Hundreds of social workers and social work students met at the Capitol from across Texas, and it was an amazing site to see,” added Cavazos.

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