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2018 Legislation to Correct 2017 Technical Error for BOSW Fee Increase

Read the Fee Increase Fact Sheet and Fee Increase History for more information regarding HF 4192, the 2018 legislation initiated by the House of Representatives to correct the technical error from the 2017 session relating to the BOSW fee increase.


BOSW Fingerprint-Based Criminal Background Check 

As of November 28, 2017, all applicants for initial licensure must submit to a fingerprint based criminal background check under Minnesota Statutes section 214.075.   Please click Criminal Background Check for more information.



Applications Needed - Opportunity to Serve as a Board Member - April 2018

Five Board member positions are up for appointment.  Applications are needed from LSWs and LISWs, and from licensees in greater Minnesota.  There are two Board member unscheduled vacancies with terms ending January 6, 2020 and January 4, 2021.  There are also three scheduled vacancies for Board members whose terms end January 1, 2018.  Read more here:  Vacancy Notice and Board Member Position Description


Association of Social Work Boards 

ASWB Releases New Blueprints for 2018 Examination Changes

ASWB Social Work Practice Mobility Initiatives


Loan Forgiveness Program for Mental Health Professionals

The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORPHC), Minnesota Department of Health, administers the program funded by the State of Minnesota authorizing the health professional loan forgiveness in both rural program and urban program areas.  For more information and submit an application see the ORHPC website:

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