The Legislative Committee, along with representatives from each of our 18 local units, is made up of the following tack forces.  Additional information about each task force is listed on this page, below.


Child Welfare Task Force

Behavioral Health Care Task Force

491 Social Work Licensure Task Force

Veterans and Military Families Task Force

Consortium

LEAD Planning Task Force

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Child Welfare Task Force

The primary goal of the Child Welfare Task Force is to provide leadership and advocacy for the social work profession in child welfare service delivery and legislation in Florida.  Current issues include:

  1. Advocating and promoting the value of social workers as child welfare professionals;
  2. Assisting the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in recruiting social workers;
  3. Advocating for smaller case loads and higher salaries for dependency case managers;
  4. Promoting the Florida Child Welfare Institute;
  5. Advocating for Title IV-E  funding for schools of social work;
  6. Promoting DCF’s loan forgiveness and tuition exemption programs for social workers;
  7. Working with other state agencies in promoting social workers as child welfare professionals.

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Behavioral Health Care Task Force

The primary goals of the Behavioral Health Task Force are to improve service delivery and conditions, increase reimbursement rates, and provide legislative and regulatory advocacy for social workers.  The current issues include:

  1. Advocate for LCSWs as Medicaid providers in Florida;
  2. Increase reimbursement rates for social workers under Medicare;
  3. Increase funding for mental health and substance abuse services in Florida;
  4. Advocate for social workers as mental health and substance abuse providers;
  5. Educate and promote the use of LCSWs as health care proxies, parent coordinators, and expert witnesses.

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491 Social Work Licensure Task Force


The primary goals of the 491 Social Work Licensure Task Force are to advocate for improvements in the licensure of LCSWs, and to explore licensure and/or certification for all level of social work practice in Florida.  Current issues include:


  1. Improve passage rates of Registered Clinical Social Work Interns taking the clinical exam;
  2. Explore non-clinical/macro licensure for MSW social workers;
  3. Explore BSW certification and/or licensure;
  4. Change supervision rules to allow internet supervision;
  5. Continue to monitor continuing education requirements and process.


​Click here to review a PowerPoint presentation summary of the Macro Surveys completed during LEAD 2014 and NASW-FL's 2014 Annual Conference.

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Veterans and Military Families Task Force


The primary goals of the Veterans and Military Families Task Force are to promote social work employment and service in the military and the Veteran’s Administration, and to provide education and training to community-based social workers who work with veterans and military families. Current activities include:


  1. Market the value of social workers to the VA and the military;
  2. Provide training opportunities for social workers  to work with veterans and military families;
  3. Support  state and federal legislation which provide funding for services to veterans and military families;
  4. Encourage social workers in the community to work with veterans and military families.


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Consortium


The Social Work Consortium is comprised of representatives from state agencies, universities with social work programs, and professional social work associations.


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LEAD Planning Task Force


Check out our Legislative page for information about LEAD 2016. 


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