2022 Legislative Session

NASW-Utah Members,

As you are likely aware the 2022 legislative session is in full swing. Like many of you, we are heavily engaged and tracking all new legislation through the NASW-Utah legislative committee.

As we work toward a legislative action plan for NASW-Utah we are looking at priorities for the chapter and our process on taking positions on bills. As a chapter, we understand that we need to be very strategic on how we spend our political capital. We want to be sure we are using our voice on behalf of social workers in Utah and their practice.

There is a lot to consider when it comes to legislation, and we want to fully understand a bill before we take a position on it, which takes time. We also want to encourage, you, our members to do your part in contacting your legislators and supporting or opposing legislation that affects you and the populations you serve.

As many issues come up during the legislative session, we strongly encourage you to personally engage with your local leaders. Political advocacy is very powerful and your representatives WILL listen to you. Also, if there is a bill that you are hoping to take action on, we can connect you with other organizations who are actively engaged with that bill.

We are also hosting a discussion during the NASW-Utah Spring Conference about engaging with your legislators. We encourage you to join us for that.

Thank you for all you do and the hard work you give to the field of Social Work.

NASW-Utah 2022 Legislative Session
SUPPORT - NASW-UT supports the bill
OPPOSE - NASW-UT opposes the bill
IN REVIEW - NASW-UT is reviewing the bill or waiting on more information to take a position.

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HB 283- LINK

STRONGLY OPPOSE

 This bill: reduces the number of clinical hours required for licensure as a licensed clinical social worker, mental health
counselor, and marriage and family therapist.

Messages to share with your legislator: The bill will dilute the field of Social Work, and provide a less skilled workforce. Although this may seem like a solution to a workforce shortage, it will undermine the viability of our licenses, not provide immediate capacity to serve the community, and does to address worker retention.  Reimbursement rates, workplace condition, and improved access to expand care is what we stand behind. 

This will hurt future interstate reciprocity and tele-health access. 

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HB234 - LINK

OPPOSE

This bill: defines terms; requires local school boards and charter school governing boards to formally adopt curricula used within the local education agency; requires class syllabi to be made available and updated online including a description of associated learning materials used for student instruction; requires schools to make learning materials available for parent inspection at schools; and makes technical and conforming changes.


HB192 - LINK

SUPPORT

This bill: creates and modifies definitions; when hiring a mental health professional, prohibits a public or private employer from: considering certain arrests or criminal convictions; denying employment based on certain criminal convictions; and denying certain employment based on the mental health professional's participation in substance use treatment; prohibits the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing from: considering certain criminal convictions when refusing certain mental health professionals' licenses based on participation in substance use treatment; and makes technical and conforming changes.


HB86 - LINK

IN REVIEW

This bill prohibits a court from granting a petition to modify a parenting plan until the parties have attended an educational course; provides that a court may waive the educational course requirement for a petition to modify a parenting plan if course attendance and completion are not necessary, appropriate, feasible, or in the best interests of the parties; creates a mandatory educational course for parties when a petition to modify a parenting plan is filed; and makes technical and conforming changes.


HB104 - LINK

IN REVIEW

This bill: requires the Division of Human Resource Management (division) to provide training for supervisors of state agency employees; requires a supervisor to attend the training; requires the division to establish a pay for performance management system; requires a state agency, no later than July 1, 2023, to evaluate and pay employees based on performance; provides that a state employee hired in a supervisor position on or after July 1, 2022, is exempt from the career service system; allows a state employee in a supervisor position who holds career service status before July 1, 2022, to retain the employee's career service status or convert to career-service exempt status by July 1, 2023; prohibits the Career Service Review Office from taking jurisdiction of a matter that an employer has not had an opportunity to address; clarifies the process for filing a grievance; repeals longevity and promotion salary increases for certain state employees; except in certain circumstances, requires an employee to submit a grievance within 10 working days; and makes conforming changes.


HB 236 - LINK

SUPPORT

This bill: creates and modifies definitions; requires the base budget to include certain appropriations to the Department of Health for behavioral health services; requires the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst to include an estimate of the cost of behavioral health services in certain Medicaid funding forecasts; creates the Collaborative Care Grant Program; requires the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to administer the collaborative care grant program; allows the state suicide prevention program to include a public education campaign; clarifies that the Governor's Suicide Prevention Fund may be used for components of the state suicide prevention program; provides a sunset date; includes reporting requirements; and makes technical and conforming changes.


HJR 4 - LINK

IN REVIEW

This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to: provide that the legislative power of the state includes the power to provide for the revival of a cause of action for child sexual abuse after expiration of the cause of action due to a statute of limitations. Special Clauses: This resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit this proposal to voters. This resolution provides a contingent effective date of January 1, 2023 for this proposal.


HB 148 - LINK

OPPOSE - TABLED

This bill addresses commitment of an individual found guilty with a mental illness.
This bill: creates and modifies definitions; upon a plea or verdict of guilty with a mental illness, requires a court to commit the defendant to a local mental health authority for a certain period if the defendant: currently has a certain type of mental illness; and committed a certain type of misdemeanor; allows the court to require the defendant to pay criminal restitution; requires the court to dismiss the criminal charges against the defendant upon the defendant's completion of the commitment and restitution orders;
requires the local mental health authority to provide care and treatment to the defendant in accordance with civil commitment processes; allows the local mental health authority to: limit the defendant's travel; and move the defendant to a more restrictive environment under certain circumstances; and
makes technical and conforming changes.