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 SD Advocacy Action Center

Advocacy Resources

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 South Dakota Legislative Process

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NASW National Advocacy

Visit 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

Social Work Policy Institute