Advocacy

The social work profession was founded in social change. Throughout the profession’s history, social workers have sought to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources and opportunities that allow them to meet their basic needs. NASW upholds this challenge by advocating for the association to members of Congress and regulatory agencies that so often hold the authority to influence policy.

NASW has developed a policy agenda, which asserts the association’s advocacy priorities for the legislative cycle. NASW’s policy agenda is consistent with the NASW policies in Social Work Speaks, which is developed by members of the association at Delegate Assembly.


NASW-ND Advocacy

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Advocacy Committee Action

Legislative Session

The Advocacy Committee meets weekly during legislative session to review legislative proposals of interest to social workers and social work clients. 

North Dakota is one of four states in which the legislature meets biennially, or in odd-numbered years. The next legislative session will occur in 2025!

Interim Studies

SB 2012 - Social Work Licensure Compact & Medicaid Provider Reimbursement - Legislative Management Study
HCR 3017 - Increased inpatient mental health care for children - Legislative Management Study


Chapter Action
  • ACTION ALERT! - SAY NO to Conversion Therapy: HB 1332
    This bill seeks to overturn social work rules that state “conversion or reparative therapy” is a violation of the social work code of ethics if practiced by a ND licensed social worker.
  • 5 Steps to Becoming an Effective Voter: November 4, 2022
    With the election upcoming, timing is critical to cast your ballot. Make your voice heard this election season by following these 5 simple steps to effective voting.
  • STATEMENT: September 27, 2022
    NASW-ND was appalled to hear of the Indigenous ancestral remains of 70 relatives and numerous artifacts desecrated in 250 boxes on the UND campus. Click the above link to read more.
Board Action

NASW-ND Advocacy Committee
  • Tricia Berg, Chair
  • Mandi Carroll
  • Hilary Halfner
  • Stephanie Little
  • Megan Olson
  • Mariah Perdue
  • Amy Phillips
  • Bret Weber
Legislative Updates Editor
  • NEEDED!
Legislative Tools:
  • (Link) How do I track a bill in North Dakota
  • (Link) How to watch a bill hearing
  • (Link) How to Submit Testimony on a Bill


Join the Committee


The Advocacy Committee welcomes NASW-ND member participation and encourages you to join in a meeting. 

For more information, please email your interest to info.naswnd@socialworkers.org.

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Government Relations and Political Affairs

REGISTER TO VOTE

NORTH DAKOTA LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

NASW - NATIONAL ADVOCACY

Check out the NASW National Action Center for key issues, current legislation, information on what actions you can take, and information on your elected officials.

POLITICAL ACTION FOR CANDIDATE ELECTION (PACE)

You can participate in electing candidates who are social workers or who support social workers!

SOCIAL WORK POLICY RESOURCES