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BOSW Services Continue During Governor's Extended Stay at Home Order

The Board recognizes the gravity and potential impact of COVID-19. The COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly evolving and information and recommendations from Governor Walz, the MN Department of Health (MDH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are changing as new information becomes available.  The Board of Social Work, as a state agency, is taking direction and following guidance from the Governor’s office, including the “peacetime state of emergency.” 

Log in to the Board's online services to apply for licensure and check application status, renew a license, submit Supervision Plan and Verification, attest as licensing supervisor, and update contact information.

Verify a social work license and view public adverse actions using the Board's online license search.

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News & Updates

Click here for important information and updates from BOSW on COVID-19


SPECIAL NOTICE: TEMPORARY DEFERRAL OF FINGERPRINTING REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS FOR LICENSURE BY HEALTH RELATED LICENSING BOARDS


April 6, 2020 Governor's Emergency Executive Order 20-28 Allowing Out-of-State Mental Health Providers to Render Telehealth Aid During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency

  • Out-of-state licensed mental healthcare providers allowed to register with Boards of Social Work, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Behavioral Health and Therapy, to provide telehealth to meet needs of emergency
  • Executive Order 20-28 authorizes out-of-state mental health providers to treat Minnesota patients via telehealth services to help ensure that the mental health needs of Minnesotans are met during the stress and uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Before rendering any such aid in this state, such healthcare providers shall (a) complete the registration form required by the appropriate Minnesota health-related licensing or regulatory board, and (b) receive from the appropriate Minnesota health-related licensing board an acknowledgment of receipt of the registration form

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BOSW 2020 Legislative Proposal

The Minnesota Board of Social Work (BOSW) Legislation and Rules Committee, comprised of board members, board staff, and three representatives of the BOSW Advisory Committee, was charged to review each section of the Social Work Practice Act as part of the BOSW 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. The 2020 Legislative Proposal is intended to be noncontroversial and includes technical and housekeeping changes and policy improvements. Click here to learn more.


Opportunity to serve as a BOSW Board Member

There are three scheduled board member vacancies for terms ending January 6, 2020. Apply at the Secretary of State website. Read the Board Member Vacancy Press Release for more information.


Association of Social Work Boards

New Video for ASWB Exam Candidates - Steps for Taking the ASWB Exam

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. 


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