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1 Today’s Presentation 2013 NASW Illinois Chapter Legislative/Policy Update Joel L. Rubin, MSW, ACSW, CAE Executive Director, NASW IL Chapter Tweet us at #NASWIL

2 Today’s Presentation Code of Ethics – a guide for Advocacy Review of 2013 Legislative Agenda 2013 Accomplishments Social Work Safety Strengthening Licensure in the state of Illinois Medicare Billing Restrictions Lifted for CPT Codes 96150–96154 Monitoring Affordable Care Act Shaping 2014 Agenda Legislative Survey – late summer, early fall What to expect next session? NASW IL coalition work NASW IL Political Action Committee (PAC) – 2014 Elections Tweet us at #NASWIL

3 Code of Ethics – A Guide for Advocacy Standard 6.04 Social and Political Action (a) Social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully. Social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice.. Tweet us at #NASWIL

4 Social Work Safety Social Work Safety Public Act (SB 1609) Signed into law 8/23/13 – Governor Pat Quinn Expands protections for social workers working in state positions of employment & would make it a crime to threaten state-employed or state contracted social workers while acting in their capacity as a social worker. Includes caseworkers and investigators employed by state funded human service providers. Tweet us at #NASWIL

5 Strengthening Licensure in the state of Illinois Social work – licensed profession in the state of Illinois since Licensure task force established under auspices of NASW IL – 2008 Initial recommendations made to IDPFPR – spring of process, legislation (SB 1455), Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) Rule changes adopted October 11, 2013, published in Illinois Register a) immediate changes; b) changes effective 12/1/13 Tweet us at #NASWIL

6 Monitoring Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois ACA – open enrollment began October 1, 2013 Illinois In-Person Counselors (IPCs), Navigators Member of Illinois Health Reform Outreach Coalition Implications for social work Tweet us at #NASWIL

7 Shaping 2014 Legislative Agenda 2013 Veto Session 2014 Legislative Agenda – advance social work careers, grow practice/business/, protect the profession Legislative survey Graduated income tax Marriage equality Call for sufficient budget resources Reimbursement issues Social Work Speaks –guide to NASW IL in its advocacy efforts Social Work Advocacy Day – late February, early March, 2014 Tweet us at #NASWIL

8 NASW Illinois Coalitions Mental Health Summit: Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership: A Better Illinois Illinois Partners for Human Services: American Society on Aging (ASA): Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) and the IJF Behavioral Health Workgroup: Illinois Unites for Marriage: Cook County Elder Justice Center of the Circuit Court of Cook County Advisory lderLawMiscellaneousRemediesDivision.aspx Tweet us at #NASWIL

9 Questions? Questions, Discussion Sign up for NASW IL Advocacy Alerts NASW IL Political Action Committee (PAC) – 2014 Elections Tweet us at #NASWIL


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