Pamela McClenton is a Public Health Liaison Supervisor at the Department of Behavioral Health. Pamela has been a social worker for 30 years and started her career working in a group home for wards of the state. McClenton has been a social worker at Jewish Family & Children’s Services and a Child Advocate at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She’s been working for the City of Philadelphia for 13 years. Pamela said she believes one core value for social workers is “respecting people”. She also tries to get people involved in, as well as understand the importance of the union. She is a DC 47 Shop Steward, Delegate and executive board member of Local 2186. Pamela McClenton received a Master’s in Social Work Administration degree from Temple University.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives adopted a measure authored by state Rep. Leslie Acosta, D-Phila., recognizing March 2016 as National Social Work Month in Pennsylvania.
Acosta noted the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Social Workers counts about 40,000 degreed social workers in the state. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for social workers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018.