Welcome to NYSSSWA!

Connecting with and serving students, families and schools, the New York State School Social Workers’ Association (NYSSSWA) is the only NYS professional association dedicated solely to the visibility and viability of School Social Workers and the students and families that we serve.  Be sure to check out our Advocacy pages for state and federal updates, our Calendar of Events for Professional Development opportunities as well as our members only Resources specific to assisting school social workers in their practice. 

NYS Assembly Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz, Peg Barrett & Evelyn Bautista-Miller

School Social Work Bill

On February 12, 2018  NY Assembly Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz  (D-Kings) along with Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) held a press conference with leaders of the New York State School Social Workers’ Association, as well as the National Association of Social Workers-New York State and New York City Chapters to introduce Bill A09533, legislation  mandating school districts to provide students access to a school social worker.  NYSSSWA at work for you!

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Role of a SCHOOL

social worker consoling a child

School Social Workers, in New York State, are licensed mental health professionals as well as certified by the NYS Office of Teaching as School Social Workers. Responsibilities include:

  • Assessments
  • Counseling
  • Conflict mediation & resiliency building
  • Community referral and liaison
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Violence Prevention/Intervention
  • Youth suicide prevention & intervention
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Board in Action

Albany Capitol Building

Priorities we are addressing now:

  • See New York State Legislative News for 2018 updates
  • New York School Superintendents Recognize the Need to Support Mental Health Services
  • NYSUT adoption of policies that support School Social Work
  • Identifying mental health needs and services as a critical component of a Safe Schools Plan in NYS
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February 27, 2019
Mid-Hudson Dinner Meeting

March 3 – 9, 2019
School Social Work Week

April 3 – 6, 2019
SSWAA National Conference
Orlando, Florida

April 26 + 27, 2019
NYSSSWA Board Meeting

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Safe and Supportive Schools: A plan to improve school climate and safety in NYC 

The NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released a 52 page report  reviewing current data related to school safety in New York City along with recommendations including adding MORE school social workers. See Executive Summary and Full Report.  Source:     June 18, 2018,  NYC Comptroller, Scott M. Stringer 
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National School Social Work News

School Social Work Association of America Resources:

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Call to Action…..

School Social Workers need to be school based.

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Help NYSSSWA gather enough signatures to stop the outsourcing of mental health services in public schools.

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