New York State Advocacy

School Social Work Bill

NYSSSWA leadership continues to work with NY Assembly Assistant Speaker Félix W. Ortiz regarding NY Bill A05373 that requires access to “at least one full-time licensed or certified school social worker to be employed in each elementary, intermediate, middle, junior high school and senior high school” in New York State.   Please help us promote School Social Workers as well as advocate for this legislation by contacting your legislators.  See more information below and take action today!

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Bills & Legislation

School Social Work Bill

See Press Conference 2/12/2018

        A05373   (2019) Sponsor: Félix W. Ortiz  (D-Kings)
       Ao9533 (2018 Text)

Requires “access to at least one full-time licensed or certified school social worker to be employed in each elementary, intermediate, middle, junior high school and senior high school” in New York State.

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School Social Work Resources to Assist You:

New York State Assembly

Education Committee

New York State Senate

Education Committee

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Higher Education Committee:

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Ready to Take Action?

“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.

Advocacy Reports

School Superintendents Recognize the Need to Support Mental Health Services (October, 2017)

This Fall, the Council of School Superintendents reported that in response to asking superintendents what some of the biggest problems are that they are facing,  the superintendents’  most widely cited significant problem was the “ ‘Capacity to help students in meeting non-academic needs including, for example, health and mental health issues,’  cited by 45 percent of superintendents”.   See Superintendent’s Biggest Problems.

The Council also reported that according to their financial survey increases to “mental health, social work, counseling and similar services supplanted extra academic help for struggling students as the most widely selected priority”.  See Funding Priorities.  The survey results are welcome news for School Social Worker’s who are licensed and provide emotional and behavioral support to students in schools across the state.

We are excited that a greater awareness of the prevention, early intervention, Tier II, Tier III, and post-intervention mental health needs of students and school communities, PreK-16, is swiftly emerging. Certified School social workers are licensed mental health professionals grounded in school regulation and culture. Their service provides the appropriate balance of expertise to meet the climate, cultural, crisis and mental health needs of schools, yet, absent district mandate, there remain many districts void of this critical support.

School Counseling Regulations

Amendments to Commissioner’s Regulations Related to School Counseling

A memo dated January 3, 2018 “is 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.”

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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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:

This is the link to the second document-

On December 14, 2016 NYSSSWA’s President issued a Request for Action 

Additional Legislation

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