Mississippi Advocacy

NASW Mississippi's Statement on Pauper’s Burial Notifications

The National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter joins with local leaders and organizations for an investigation into the 215 multiracial bodies found in a pauper’s cemetery in Hinds County, Mississippi. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families, loved ones, individuals, and communities. NASW-MS Chapter Board and staff express our support for the families and friends who have been overwhelmed with the burden and grief of discovering missing relatives have been improperly buried.

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NASW Mississippi Legislative Agenda 2024

Adopted October 21, 2023 NASW MS Board of Directors

  1. Support continuation of access to healthcare and Medicaid expansion to meet the healthcare needs of the people in Mississippi.
  2. Support improving access to mental health bills at the state and federal levels that include multidisciplinary models and services.
  3. Ensure full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) using equitable funding distribution across communities.
  4. Support proposed legislation to expand police reform bills locally and nationally that includes provisions against police brutality.
  5. Support legislation involving felony disenfranchisement, voting rights, and the ballot box.
  6. Support legislation for equity pay for women to include a living wage in the State of Mississippi.
  7. Maintain the social work licensing law with current language in MS Code 73-53-1.and monitoring of any changes.
  8. Oppose changes in the composition and scope of practice of the MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists.
  9. Support adequate funding for all services that affect the well-being of at-risk populations and underserved communities.
  10. Support legislation that addresses systemic public health and economic inequities across the state.

* NASW MS Advocacy Day at the MS State Capitol is held on February 21, 2024

NASW-MS Supports an Inclusive Flag for Everyone

NASW-MS strongly supports changing the state flag of Mississippi to move forward in the best interest of all Mississippians. The outcry for a change in the state flag has permeated in the state for almost two decades. Thus, the issue of a new state flag can no longer continue to be ignored, dismissed, or deflected.

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Save the Date Join NASW-MN Chapter for Social Work Advocacy Day Wednesday February 21 2024 1pm-4:30pm Mississippi State Capitol First Floor of the Rotunda Exhibit Station A

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