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.

If you are a member of the media seeking an interview, comment, or answer to questions, please contact Executive Director Debra Riggs, CAE, at     

Jul 19, 2023

Vaccination Barriers for People Experiencing Homelessness: How Social Workers are Making an Impact Article by Connect to End COVID-19 Ambassador and NASW (DC-VA) Member, Lauren Morris, MSW, ACM, LCSW-S   Hospitalizations and deaths from...

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Apr 14, 2023

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-...

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Mar 24, 2023

Congratulations to our 2023 Social Work Award Winners!   BSW Student of the Year: Katherine Paulikonis Social Worker of the Year: Cheryl Aguilar, LICSW, LCSW Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Marion Collins, LCSW/BCD &n...

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Mar 21, 2023

Tell Congress to Increase Social Work Reimbursement Rates and Access to Social Work Services The Improving Access to Mental Health Act (S. 838/H.R. 1638) ...

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Mar 01, 2023

On February 28, Andrea Alfaro, a BSW student and social work intern for the NASW Metro DC Chapter, joined borrowers and advocates at the People's Rally for Student Loan Debt Cancellation on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. While Supreme Court...

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Feb 27, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) welcomes the release today of the Social Work Interstate Compact Model Bill, which will expand opportunities for social workers to provide services in multiple states. ...

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Feb 22, 2023

In-Person Registration Closes March 17 Earn your required CEs at the 2023 Annual Conference while choosing from nearly 20 sessions that combine social work with aspects of social justice, including racial equity, sex trafficking, LGBTQ r...

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Feb 17, 2023

DC social workers must earn 4 Public Health Priorities (PHPs) CEs before the licensure deadline of July 31. NASW Metro DC makes it easy for you by offering 10 interactive sessions with PHP CEs at its in-person 2023 Joint Annual Conferenc...

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Feb 16, 2023

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) supports changes to the Model Social Work Interstate Compact Bill under development following the convening of partnering organizations with the Council of State Governments (CSG) last week. N...

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Feb 06, 2023

The chapter is pleased to support a bill that will be introduced by DC Councilmember-At-Large Robert White to let DC residents and employees earn a free MSW for free through the social work school at the University of the District of Columbia. In ...

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