House Bill (S)

Authored by

DIGEST

Behavioral health and human services licensing. Provides that the exception for government employees who practice social work and clinical social work without the requirement of a license includes subcontractors who are contracted by the department of child services. Specifies the accreditation that a subcontractor who is contracted by the department of child services must have in order to qualify for an exception to the requirement to be licensed to practice social work or clinical social work. Creates a bachelor's degree social worker license. Provides that individuals who pursue a social work license with a bachelor's degree may apply under existing Behavioral health and human services licensing. Provides that the exception for government employees who practice social work and clinical social work without the requirement of a license includes subcontractors who are contracted by the department of child services. Specifies the accreditation that a subcontractor who is contracted by the department of child services must have in order to qualify for an exception to the requirement to be licensed to practice social work or clinical social work. Creates a bachelor's degree social worker license. Provides that individuals who pursue a social work license with a bachelor's degree may apply under existing requirements and use clinical social work experience hours until July 1, 2019. Provides that any supervised clinical social work experience hours that an applicant for licensure as a clinical social worker accumulates do not expire and may be used by the applicant to satisfy the supervised clinical social work experience requirements. Requires the behavioral health and human services licensing board to issue a license to a social worker or clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, mental health counselor, licensed addiction counselor, or licensed clinical addiction counselor who: (1) has a valid license or certificate to practice from another state or jurisdiction; (2) has passed an examination substantially equivalent to the level for which licensure is being requested; (3) does not have a pending disciplinary proceeding in another state; and (4) pays a fee. ... View more