Carson City, NV - March 27, 2017
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval received the Legislator of the Year Award Friday at the School Social Work Association of America’s (SSWAA) annual national conference in San Diego.
This award is given to an elected official in appreciation of advocacy and support of school social work. Gov. Sandoval received the award for proposing funding focused on school climate and social and emotional learning. In 2015, the legislature approved Sandoval’s proposal which resulted in a $17 million block grant. The Social Workers in Schools grant has funded 227 professionals serving 166 campuses across 11 school districts and seven charter academies in Nevada over the biennium.
“SSWAA is very pleased to honor the progressive vision and efforts of Gov.Sandoval by presenting him with our first Legislator of the Year Award, especially on this historic 20th anniversary of our national conference,” said Rebecca Oliver, Executive Director for the School Social Work Association of America. “Gov. Sandoval has consistently demonstrated his passion for and commitment to bettering the lives of the children and families in Nevada by supporting and enhancing programs that address the multiple facets that impact their health and well-being.”
Amber Reid, MSW, accepted the award on behalf of the Governor. Reid is the School Social Work Liaison within the Nevada Department of Education’s Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment.
“The Governor is most deserving of this award, in not only recognizing but, more importantly, responding to a dire need in our state,” Reid said. “Before the Governor’s leadership in addressing school bullying, we had 29 school social workers serving more than 450,000 students in Nevada. Gov. Sandoval’s ongoing support and funding of school social work programs has allowed us to expand these vital support services to many more students and families across the state.”
*Image:Amber Reid, MSW, School Social Work Liaison of NDE's OSRLE, accepted the award on behalf of Gov. Sandoval. Left to right: Jim Raines, President of SSWAA; Reid; Christy McCoy, Secretary of SSWAA and Chair, SSWAA National Legislative Committee.