The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) released its 2021 Blueprint of Federal Social Policy Priorities that articulates meaningful actions the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress should take to address the COVID-19 crisis, promote mental and behavioral health, eliminate systemic racism and ensure civil and human rights for all. The Blueprint’s 21 issue areas are organized according to the Grand Challenges for Social Work! NASW’s Blueprint is a roadmap for social progress and reflects social work’s best thinking on the pathway to a more just and equitable society.
Priority issue areas include, among others:
- COVID-19 recovery
- Supporting the essential social work workforce
- Eliminating systemic racism
- Ensuring access to health, mental health and behavioral health services
- Addressing economic inequality and promoting financial asset building
- Preventing violence
- Reforming criminal justice and policing
“Social workers look forward to partnering with the Biden-Harris administration and congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to achieve an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, build our economy back better for all Americans, and advance the well-being of individuals, families and society,” said NASW President Mildred “Mit” Joyner, DPS, MSW, LCSW.