Press Release: 2023-01-24

Introducing An Act relative to Social Work Uplifting Practices and Exam Removal















Introducing An Act relative to Social Work Uplifting Practices and Exam Removal



The SUPER Act! 



















 



It's an exciting time here at NASW-MA! The new legislative session has started and we are excited to share that we have filed a social work workforce bill, called 



´╗┐The SUPER Act and we need your help getting cosponsors!


































About the SUPER Act:



 



Massachusetts is facing a well-documented severe shortage of behavioral health professionals. 



 



The Super Act will incentivize folks to further their education in Social Work, remove barriers for those already in the field, and support the existing workforce. Our lead sponsors on this bill are Senator DiDomenico, Representative Barber, and Representative Kushmerek. You can read the fact sheet here to learn more.



 



Components of the Super Act:




  • Remove the standardized test that Master's level social workers are currently required to take after completing their Master's Degree to obtain the LCSW licensure level

  • Allow Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSWs) to earn continuing education credits for supervising Licensed Certified Social Workers (LCSWs), MSWs, and BSWs

  • Secure funding for a percentage of MSW field placements prioritizing at least 50% of stipends to students of color



 



This is where you come in, will you take a few minutes to contact your legislators today?



















How YOU can help:



 



Legislators want to hear from constituents about what matters most to them. Since this is a first-time file we need your help to get the word out and build support. We have made it easy - you can use this outline to craft an email to your state senator and state representative asking for their support. 






























 



Thank you for your time and advocacy. 



 



Sincerely,



 



Brianna



 



Brianna Silva, MSW



Membership and Advocacy Manager



bsilva.naswma@socialworkers.org