Who We Are
To improve the knowledge, skills, and overall professionalism of eligibility practitioners by providing information, training, and a network of services and support.
Statement of Ethics
To maintain in all professional endeavors, a spirit of honesty, integrity, courtesy and fairness.
The Commonwealth of Virginia chartered the National Workers Association in September 1975, as a non-stock organization. The association was founded by eligibility workers in Norfolk, Virginia who felt that their needs were not being addressed by professional organizations. They believed that individuals in the eligibility field needed an association through which they could express their positions on policy issues and promote professionalism.
What began with a small group of workers in a local agency has grown to a national organization which includes members from all levels of the profession, from around the country. What they envisioned had come to fruition. National Eligibility Workers Association (NEW PATHS) has gained recognition and credibility with administrators and legislators on a local, state and federal level. As a professional, members are considered essential and relevant.
To achieve its purpose, NEW PATHS has established the following goals:
To provide a national framework for individual members and local or state chapters to maintain a liaison with organizations of allied professionals.
To establish and maintain standards of professional competency and ethics; and to develop a means for achieving these standards.
To promote the identity, integrity, and professionalism of the eligibility career as a separate field of human services.
To promote public awareness of the contributions of eligibility practitioners in the delivery of human services.
To provide educational enhancement by working with universities and colleges in the development of curricula pertinent to eligibility determination, state and local chapters of NEW PATHS in the development of regional seminars and conferences, and allied professional associations in the development of income maintenance, food stamps, and Medicaid seminars in their conferences.
To act as an informational conduit for members, legislators, state and federal administrators, and other professional affiliations.
To provide a forum where existing and pending social policy can be studied and the viewpoint of eligibility practitioners can be formulated and presented for consideration and discussion.
Services We Provide
We Offer Many Valuable Services to Our Members, State and Local Agencies & Legislators:
NEW PATHS has developed several 1 ½ hour workshops that highlight the association’s continued commitment to professional development for human services staff. These workshop are presented by National Board Member. Currently there is no charge for these workshops with the exception of expenses. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Information on National Policies & Professional Studies
Information that will help you find solutions. All NEW members receive newsletters and bulletins on proposed national policy changes and national studies that set standards for competency. In addition you will be able to access a wealth of information by networking with other NEW members either in your local chapter or on a national level. Opening the floodgates to brainstorming and problem solving.
Consultation with Federal Agencies
The Board of Directors of the Association maintain a working relationship with Federal agencies and provides consultation on issues pertinent to our field of practice.
Thank you to all of those who have helped us along the way!
National Eligibility Workers Association t/a NEW PATHS is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership association founded in 1975 for the improvement of knowledge, skills and overall professionalism of human service professionals.