High quality professional practice standards are an important hallmark of a profession.One of NASW’s primary functions has been to develop standards of practice for social workers in different fields.
At the time, they surveyed other nursing homes in New York and beyond, only to find that majority of homes denied sexual relationships.
The state disagreed, fined the home and threatened to revoke its privileges to collect Medicare and Medicaid payments.
The family of the woman sued the home’s parent company, and eventually settled out of court.
The Shared Interest Group decided to develop its own Practice Standards rather than rely on the State or the nursing home industry.
This Development was preceded by over twelve years of work by the Shared Interest Group with the Department of Public Health in an attempt to formulate new State regulations regarding social work practice in nursing homes.