Your Voice Matters
Welcome to KSSWA's advocacy page! Here you can make a difference, because your voice matters for your students, for your school, and for your profession. Below you will find resources to help in your advocacy efforts. However the most impact we can have is if all School Social Workers join together with a unifying voice across the state. School Social Workers need to be the ones dictating what the profession is and can be. As School Social Workers we know and see the influence we can have on a student, family, and educational system. It is only with your support that we can advocate and grow this profession at the state level. Collectively our voice is powerful and can make change happen. So please join with us to create one collective voice for School Social Workers across the State of Kansas.
1. Advocate for the social, emotional, and educational well-being of children and families
2. Increase the profession of School Social Work in Kansas
3. Educate about the impact of trauma and promote trauma informed schools
2022-2023 Legislative Agenda
Updated 2022-2023 Legislative Focus coming soon. Until then, please view 2020-21 Legislative Focus below to see past goals and priorities for KSSWA.
Here is our 2020-21 Legislative Focus. Clicking on the link will take you directly to our two page document which gives KSSWA's goals and priorities that will help with impacting legislation for School Social Workers across Kansas. If nothing else use the first page to inform and educate your legislators, school or community about the impact School Social Workers have. It is our voices not only individually but united together that makes a difference for the children and families we serve.
May 2022 Legislative Updates
Please see the .pdf below for May 2022 updates:
Additional May Legislative Update:
You can access information about the Kansas Committees on Education by visiting the websites below:
House Committee on Education: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/committees/ctte_h_ed_1/Senate Committee on Education: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2021_22/committees/ctte_s_ed_1
Call for Action
To find further information about who represents your district please visit "Kansas State Legislature". On the left hand side of the page you will see a tab called "Find Your Legislator". You can enter your address here to find who it is that represents your district. Legislators usually welcome any contact with constituents, so please email, call or even invite them to your school to further that relationship.
|Letter to Legislator||This is a letter to help you communicate with your legislator|
|Letter to School Administrator||This is a letter to let a school administrator know about school social work|
|Critical Needs for School Based Mental Health||Provides facts regarding mental health statistics among youth and how school based mental health providers help|
|School Mental Health Teaming Statement||National Associations statement indicating effectiveness of teaming strategies to address school mental health concerns|
|Kansas Legislature Video||This is a video put together to help you navigate the Kansas Legislature Website|
|2021 Blueprint of Federal Social Policy Priorities||Recommendations to the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress (NASW)|