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March is Social Work Month!
Every day, the nation's 650,000 social workers act as advocates, champions and leaders who make our society a better place to live. National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the county and their allies to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society. Watch NASW's Social Work Month Public Service Announcement video. Click here for facts about social workers and the profession from NASW.
Exciting Employment Opportunities at the Board of Social Work!
The Board is looking to hire a Customer Service Representative and a Licensing Specialist.
- Applications will be accepted March 13, 2018 through March 19, 2018.
- Applications must be submitted using the State of Minnesota Careers Website. Search Job ID 21086 for the Customer Service Representative and Job ID 21087 for the Licensing Specialist
- For more informtion, click on these direct links to the postings: Customer Service Representative Licensing Specialist
Criminal Background Check (CBC) System Outage
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is introducing a new Criminal History System. As a result, the BCA will not process finger-print based CBCs from March 14, 2018 to March 20, 2018, or possibly later. The Health Licensing Boards (HLB) Criminal Background Check Program Office will continue to accept fingerprint cards and some fingerprint appointments from March 14, 2018 to March 20, 2018, however, the office cannot transmit fingerprints to the BCA until at least March 20, 2018, or possibly later. Applicants for licensure will need to plan accordingly as the new system will cause a delay in criminal background check processing time.
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.
Opportunity to Serve as a Board Member October 2017
There are two Board member unscheduled vacancies with terms ending January 6, 2020 and January 4, 2021. In addition, there are 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: