130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. C. R. No. 38  As Reported by the House Health and Aging Committee
As Reported by the House Health and Aging Committee

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
H. C. R. No. 38

Representatives Stinziano, Gonzales 

Cosponsors: Representatives Fende, Antonio, Barnes, Carney, Duffey, Garland, Hackett, Ramos 

To designate March 2012 as Professional Social Work Month.


       WHEREAS, The profession of social work has been instrumental in achieving advances in civil and human rights in the United States and across the globe for more than a century; and

       WHEREAS, The primary mission of social work is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable; and

       WHEREAS, Programs and services provided by professional social workers are essential elements of the American social safety net; and

       WHEREAS, Social workers have a positive influence on adolescent and youth development, aging and family care giving, child protection and family services, health care navigation, mental and behavioral health treatment, military and veterans assistance, nonprofit management and community development, and poverty reduction; and

       WHEREAS, Social workers serve as specialists, consultants, private practitioners, educators, community leaders, policymakers, and researchers; and

       WHEREAS, Social workers influence many human service and other organizations and are employed in workplaces ranging from private and public agencies, hospices, hospitals, schools, clinics to businesses and corporations, military units, elected offices, think tanks, and foundations; and

       WHEREAS, Social workers seek to improve the social functioning and conditions of people in emotional, psychological, economic, or physical need; and

       WHEREAS, Social workers are experts in care coordination, case management, and therapeutic treatment for biopsychosocial issues and have roles in more than fifty different fields of practice; and

       WHEREAS, Social workers believe that a nation's strength depends on the ability of the majority of its citizens to lead productive and healthy lives; and

       WHEREAS, Social workers help people find hope and new options for achieving their maximum potential, often when those people are navigating major life challenges; and

       WHEREAS, Social workers identify and address gaps in social systems that impede full participation by individuals or groups in society; now therefore be it

       RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 129th General Assembly, in recognition that our nation would be less successful without the contributions of America's 640,000 social workers, designate the month of March 2012 as Professional Social Work Month and encourage all citizens of the state to join with the General Assembly, as well as the National Association of Social Workers - Ohio Chapter, in support of the profession of social work; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the news media of Ohio.

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