March 15, 2011

Improved Social Worker Title bill gets first House hearing

The bill that originally would have stripped state social workers of their title that has since been heavily amended thanks to the activism of Federation social worker members got its first House hearing Monday (March 14).

“We raised a number of concerns over in the Senate and have since worked out those kinks,” Federation Lobbyist Alia Griffing told the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

Current social workers can keep their title, even when moving to a new job in state government. Children in dependency will still be represented by DSHS social workers, she said. 

Because of those improvements, “we’re neutral on the bill,” Griffing told the committee.

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