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Representative Sandy Pasch Received Public Service Award From Social Work Association

Oct. 3, 2010


The National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter (NASW WI) has selected State Representative Sandy Pasch for its prestigious 2010 Public Service Award.

NASW WI will present the award to Representative Pasch at its 2010 annual conference awards ceremony on October 8 at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel in Brookfield.

NASW WI selected Representative Pasch for this award in recognition of her extraordinary leadership as a freshman legislator on behalf of mental health issues, and particularly for her role in obtaining passage of the Mental Health/Substance Abuse parity bill. Advocacy groups, like NASW WI, had been working to pass this bill for over ten years.

In addition to her success in facilitating passage of the Mental Health Parity legislation, Representative Pasch also served as the lead Assembly sponsor for seven other bills that passed. These bills included; the “Right to Breastfeed” bill, a bill designed to curb sexually transmitted diseases in Wisconsin, and a bill to streamline order to commit state prison inmates for mental health treatment.

With her experience as a Psychiatric Nurse, Representative Pasch has taken on the role as the lead mental health advocate in the State Assembly and has worked to educate her fellow legislators on this issue. Representative Pasch has demonstrated that she is not afraid of taking on controversial bills that engender opposition from powerful special interests. At the same time however, she is constantly reaching out to Republicans and other groups that might initially oppose one of her bills in order to find common ground.

In addition to this Public Service Award from NASW WI, Representative Pasch has also received the following awards over the last year: Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters – 2010 Conservation Champion; Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians – 2010 Friend of Family Physicians; Equality Wisconsin – 2009 Equal Rights Champion; Wisconsin Dietetic Association – 2010 Leadership in Nutrition Awareness Award; Wisconsin Nurses Association’s 2010 Service to the WNA Award; and

Wisconsin Public Health Association – 2010 Legislator of the Year.

The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is the largest organization of professional social workers in Wisconsin. It represents over 2200 social workers. NASW WI members are employed in a variety of settings, including public and private human service agencies, schools and colleges, mental health facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, industry and private practice.

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