MSSWA LEGISLATIVE GOALS in 2019:
1. Support the incorporation of social emotional learning standards into required academic standards and curriculum throughout the school setting.
2. Support Medical Assistance (MA) reimbursement for mental health services provided by School Social Workers on Individual Education Plans (IEP’s). In order to maximize federal reimbursement, Minnesota requires school districts to seek medical assistance reimbursement for health-related services that are provided as part of an IEP.
3. Support amending Minnesota Educational Statute section 125A.02 defining the criteria for an evaluation of an educational disability in the category of Other Health Impairment related to the ADHD section.
4. Support bipartisan legislation to protect DREAMERS and preserve DACA.
The Minnesota School Social Workers’ Association (MSSWA) has been serving children in their schools, homes and communities for over 40 years. We are an association of school social workers throughout Minnesota who work with students and their families to provide mental health related services and support in the school system. Although our jobs differ between districts statewide, we are united in our common goal of working with the “whole child,” MSSWA defines “whole child” as working with the child in his/her environment with consideration to family, community, values, culture and language. We help teachers teach by reducing the social and emotional barriers to learning by collaborating in the development of academic intervention plans to ensure student success. Because of their unique understanding of both the mental health system and the educational system, school social workers play a vital role in our schools by helping students succeed.
Update: 2019 MSSWA LEGISLATIVE FOCUS
If you are wondering who represents you, just go to “Welcome to the Minnesota Legislature.” At the bottom of that page, you can enter your address to find your current State Representatives and Senators. It is important that your Representatives hear from you! You can write them an email, invite them for coffee, or invite them to your school or your regional meetings. Your students and families need their voices heard and you have the power to educate our policy makers on the barriers impacting student success and the invaluable role you provide in helping students overcome these barriers to ensure that they are ready and able to learn.
The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) offers another avenue to stay up-to-date and uncover resources for following and responding to legislation that impacts public child welfare practice. CASCW has put together a Child Welfare Policy web page full of resources to educate child welfare practitioners about the latest developments in child welfare policy as they are happening, as well as educating policy makers about the latest policy relevant child welfare research findings.
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