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We invite you to visit or join the committee!


Upcoming Meeting:

Thursday, January 30 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Indiana Interchurch Building - 1100 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis, 46208
If you can't join in person you can join by phone

Please contact us at 317-923-9878 or to RSVP for a meeting or for more information.



NASW-Indiana Chapter has a long history of participating in advocacy efforts in the state to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources and opportunities that allow them to meet their basic needs.

The Public Policy/Social Action Legislative Agenda and committee fulfills NASW’s Code of Ethics 6.01
 “Social workers should promote the general welfare of society, from local to global levels, and the development of people, their communities, and their environments. Social workers should advocate for living conditions conducive to the fulfillment of basic human needs and should promote social, economic, political, and cultural values and institutions that are compatible with the realization of social justice.”

NASW Indiana - 2020 Legislative Areas of Focus

Areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • Advocating on behalf of social workers and the clients we serve in Indiana by providing proactive solutions to human service issues.
  • Supporting policies that strengthen children, families, and individuals while building communities.
  • Promoting access to affordable education for all residents.
  • Advocating for accessible, high-quality, affordable healthcare, mental health services, addictions treatment, and other related services.
  • Encouraging and supporting civil rights for all.
  • Encouraging, honoring, and supporting cultural and ethnic diversity while striving to end discrimination and disproportionality in all areas.
  • Advocating for and influencing administrative rules, policies, and legislation that promote the ethical professional practice of Social Work.
  • Promoting a fair and equitable criminal justice system.
  • Advocate for gun safety and prevention of gun violence.



Bessie Proffet, MSW, LSW


Committee Charge

The Public Policy/Social Action Committee of the NASW Indiana Chapter proactively monitors, organizes and recommends social action, and advocates for:

  • Federal, State and local policies;
  • Administrative issues; and
  • Legislation that affects clients, consumers and communities served by social workers;
  • Legislation and policies that support and further the Social Work profession.

In conjunction with the Indiana Chapter Board of Directors, the Committee works with local and statewide coalitions to organize and advocate for social action to secure a just society for those we serve.


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