Congressional Social Work Caucus

Charles E. Lewis

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press

Published online November 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI:

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The Congressional Social Work Caucus is a bicameral authorized Congressional Member Organization (CMO) founded by former Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns In November 2010 during the 110th Congress. The mission of the caucus is to provide a platform in Congress that will allow social workers to engage the federal government. The Social Work Caucus consists of members of the House of Representative and the U.S. Senate who are professional social workers or who generally support the ideals, principles, and issues germane to the social work profession. Because of House Ethic rules, CMOs are prohibited from possessing resources of its own and must depend on the office budgets of its members. Consequently, the Social Work Caucus participated in a number of congressional briefings and seminars in conjunction with other social work organizations such as the National Association of Social Worker (NASW), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the Social for Social Work and Research (SSWR). These public events covered a wide range of topics such as social workers roles in the Affordable Care Act, military social work, funding for mental health research, and trauma-based practice in child welfare.

Keywords: congressional caucus; House of Representatives; social work; briefings; federal government; Congress; legislation; social welfare policy

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Subjects: Social Work Macro Practice ; Social Policy and Advocacy ; Occupations, Professions, and Work

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