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The Social Work Safety Act of 2017 (H.R. 1484)

Monday, May 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joseph Brooks
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The Social Work Safety Act of 2017 (H.R. 1484)  

The bipartisan Social Worker Safety Act (H.R. 1484) was introduced by Representatives Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21). NASW - Alabama Chapter’s 2017 Elected Official of the Year Congresswoman Terri Sewell is also co-sponsoring this bill.  The bill entered the House of Representatives on March 9, 2017.  It has been referred to the committee on Education and the workforce for legislative review and processing at this time.

The purpose of this bill is to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services the ability to award grants to States to provide safety measures to social workers and other similar professions who work with at-risk populations, and for other purposes.  The grants can be used to provide various safety measures for social workers and similar professionals.  Those safety measures include but are not limited to the following.

  • Obtaining and installing safety equipment, including communications or recording systems, such as cell phones, wearable tracking devices with GPS/Bluetooth locator, or panic buttons used for supervised foster care visits and other client’s visits to assist agencies in locating staff.
  •   Various trainings but not limited to:
  • Self-defense and crisis training, together with such organizations as local law enforcement
  • Training in cultural competency, including linguistic training, and training on strategies for de-escalating a situation that could turn volatile
  • Training to help work with clients who have serious mental and substance use disorders; or have behavioral problems and need help coping
  •  Facility safety improvements
  • Support Services , counseling , and additional resource for social workers who have experienced safety issues or trauma –related incidents in the workplace

In order to get this billed passed through the house you must take action by asking your Representative to become a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Social Worker Safety Act (H.R. 1484).  This is a very important consideration for the safety and effective provision of services to those social workers serve, and NASW – Alabama Chapter is proud that Congresswoman Terri Sewell is supporting the social workers of Alabama by becoming a co-sponsor – Thank you Congresswoman!!!

The entire Social Worker Safety Act (H.R. 1484) can be viewed here.

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