Matthew Cohen, MSW

Matthew Cohen, MSW

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Governor Supports Permanent Exemption from Social Work Licensure for State Workforce

We strongly urge you to contact members of the Assembly and Senate listed below. Tell them that as a social worker:

  • I am strongly opposed to broad-based permanent exemptions included in the Governor’s budget.
  • Unlicensed staff lacks sufficient skills, knowledge, experience and supervision to competently engage in tasks such as the diagnosis of a mental illness and psychotherapy. Utilizing unlicensed staff to perform such tasks which are restricted to licensed professionals presents a risk to the welfare of mental health consumers.
  • All mental health services in New York State should be provided by competent, qualified and appropriately licensed providers.
  • I support NASW’s budget-neutral compromise which moves New York’s state agencies down the road toward licensure compliance and urge you to do the same.

Take Action

We need ALL SOCIAL WORKERS to call the following legislative leaders:

Senator Dean Skelos (SD09)

Temporary President & Majority Coalition LeaderDistrict Office,

Rockville Center (516) 766-8383

Senator Jeffrey Klein (SD34)

Temporary President & IDC Coalition Leader

District Office, Bronx (718) 822-2049

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (SD35)

Democratic Conference Leader

District Office, Yonkers (914) 423-4031

Assemblyman Sheldon Silver (AD65)


District Office, NYC (212) 312-1420

Social Work License Protection


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Latest Signatures
97Grace SantosSep 23, 2013
96Doru Constantin ViziteuDistrict Office,NYC/department mental health workJun 28, 2013
95Stacey HarrellMay 05, 2013
94Nadya TejiramApr 27, 2013
93Carmen and Ruth gomezwe are in favor governor supports permanent exemption from SW Lincensure for the State WorkforceApr 04, 2013
92sharanappa tannurgoodMar 30, 2013
91Melissa YoungMar 29, 2013
90Nancy SimmonsThere is a professional standard to withhold here, there is also a measure of those standards that the Licensure process addresses and insures. The exam verify a set level of knowledge Mar 27, 2013
89Liana FerranteMar 27, 2013
88Valerie KayeMar 27, 2013


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