Why we do it.

School Social Workers are the vital link between the home, school, and community. Our services to students, families and school personnel promote and support students’ academic, social, emotional and behavioral success. We strive to protect and strengthen this work through advocacy, building relationships, and offering high-quality professional development.

What we do.



We advocate for the development and effective delivery of school social work services in the state of Ohio.


Build Relationships

We establish an maintain collaborative relationships with local, state and national educational, mental health, medical, juvenile justice, and child welfare entities.


Professional Development

We facilitate the education and professional growth of school social workers.


Support Legislation

We study, recommend, and support legislation pertinent to the needs of students, families, and the profession of school social work.

Recent News

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Supports in Schools The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Now is the Time (NITT) Technical Assistance Center, developed an issue brief entitled “Mental Health and Academic Achievement”...

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Referral Protocol for Mental Health Supports for Students

Based on the Now is the Time Technical Assistance Center’s (NITT-TA) comprehensive School Mental Health Referral Pathways (SMHRP) Toolkit, Project AWARE Ohio compiled a seven-step protocol for schools to establish a clear and formal mental health referral pathway....

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2018 Awards

Do you know a SSW who is awesome?   What about a non SSW who totally gets it and rocks? Or are you super impressed with a public figure for their work on behalf of children? Nominate them for OSSWAs 2018 Awards!!!   SSW of the Year Nomination form 2018 Friend of...

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Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
Annual Board Retreat

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