Happy 90th Anniversary—VA Social Workers!
NASW Alaska Chapter would like to salute our social workers working for or connected to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Bureau General Order dated June 16, 1926, established the social work program in the Veterans Bureau, outlining its organization and functions. The VA began with fourteen social workers in psychiatric hospitals and twenty-two in regional offices throughout the country. As health care moves from a traditional inpatient model to a primary care outpatient based model, Social Work continues to play a pivotal role in the delivery of service. Social Work, because of its leadership, flexibility, and commitment to "Putting Veterans First", continues to thrive as a profession in the current health care environment. The mission of VA Social Work is to maximize health and well-being, through the use of psychosocial interventions for Veterans, Families and Caregivers. VA Social work will be the preeminent leader, setting standards for innovative psychosocial care and treatment. This will be accomplished by developing and maintaining integrated quality programs in patient centered care, informed and evidence based practices, community partnerships, research, education, health promotion and disease prevention.
THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO FOR OUR PROFESSION AND THE HEROS OF OUR COUNTRY! STANDING PROUD!
NASW ACTION ALERT—Washington, DC
CONGRESS NEEDS TO HEAR FROM ALASKA SOCIAL WORKERS
worked with social work champions in Congress who introduced the Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2015.
We need bipartisan support for the Improving Access to Mental Health Act of 2015, S. 2173/H.R. 3712