New York State Advocacy Resources

Ready to Advocate? 

NYSSSWA has compiled information to help assist you in advocating for increased School Social Work services as well as legislation impacting the students and families we serve.   Please help us advocate regarding issues of importance to our profession by contacting your legislators.  See information below to take action today!

Websites to help you “Take Action”

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School Social Work Resources to Assist You:

  • Explore useful resources under  Promoting School Social Work.
  • Macro Level Advocacy Toolkit   “This toolkit will provide tools to increase your knowledge about how to be an effective advocate for the children and families you serve as well as how to promote the role, expertise, and value that school social workers bring to the educational team.  Each module provides the components to develop a strategic plan around macro-level advocacy for state associations or leadership teams.”   Source:  SSWAA

New York State Assembly

Education Committee

New York State Senate

Education Committee

Members: Click here

Higher Education Committee:

Members: Click here

Other State Advocacy Resources:

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“The State Legislature is responsible for enacting the general laws in New York. In doing so, the Legislature often delegates “rule making powers” to the state’s administrative departments and agencies. These agencies are then empowered to develop and enforce the rules and regulations they find necessary to implement the broad policies adopted by the Legislature.” This document describes how rules are created to enact laws in NYS.

NYS School Social Worker Survival Toolkit

Click here to download the self-advocacy resource guide by NASW-NYS School Social Work Task Force in collaboration with NYSSSWA.

School Counseling Regulations

Amendments to Commissioner’s Regulations Related to School Counseling

Even in 2024, NYSSSWA continues to receive emails from very concerned School Social Workers regarding their district’s interpretation of this regulation which is negatively impacting SSW positions.   See the Commissioner’s memo dated January 3, 2018 which was sent “to inform you that amendments to Commissioner’s Regulations related to school counseling were adopted by the Board of Regents effective, July 1, 2017.  The amended regulationspdf icon(338 KB) impact the comprehensive developmental school counseling program beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.”

The  New York State Education Department finalized the Counseling Amendments on  November 10th and  presented them to the Board of Regents P-12 Education/Higher Education Joint Meeting on November 14th, 2016.  Please see:

Please familiarize yourself with this information as well as the regulations so that you can use your expertise to discuss the interpretation of the regulations with your district.  

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Legislation & Bills of Interest

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