The Metro DC Chapter is one of 55 chapters of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest association of professional social workers in the United States. Our 1,100-plus members serve all populations, including children, adolescents, families, older adults, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and others. They also serve clients in every DC ward and work setting, as well as in the DC metropolitan area such as Northern Virginia and nearby Maryland.

This In the News section features the latest articles and news from the Metro DC Chapter, including press releases, policy or issue statements, professional and licensing updates, training announcements, and other content relevant to the work of Metro DC social workers.

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LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Help Improve Access to Mental Health!

As you may already know, the bipartisan Improving Access to Mental Health Act S. 838/H.R. 1638) was introduced in the 118th Congress by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Barrasso (R-WY) and Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA-12) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01).


The legislation would:

  • remove patient access barriers that Medicare beneficiaries face if they are residents of a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) by reimbursing Clinical Social Workers (CSWs) as independent Medicare Part B mental health providers.
  • allow CSWs to provide and receive Medicare reimbursement for critical Health and Behavior Assessment and Intervention (HBAI) services that help Medicare beneficiaries cope with the emotional, behavioral, and psychosocial concerns associated with various medical conditions.
  • increase the reimbursement rate for CSWs from 75% to 85% of the physician fee schedule.



We are seeking assistance in reaching out to:

Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA-06): Darby McQueen-Dever, Legislative Assistant,


We kindly ask that this is completed within the next couple of weeks by mid-May.


Improving Access to Mental Health Act Action Alert.