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BOSW Fingerprint-Based Criminal Background Check Coming August 2017

Changes to Criminal Background Checks

Governor's FY 2018-FY 2019 BOSW Budget Recommendations

Governor Dayton release his FY 2018-FY 2019 budget recommendations on January 24, 2017.  BOSW recommendations include a fee adjustment and several budget change items to ensure the necessary resources to provide increase public safety services.  Proposed state agency budgets can be found by clicking here Proposed Budgets.

Association of Social Work Boards 

ASWB Releases New Blueprints for 2018 Examination Changes

ASWB Social Work Practice Mobility Initiatives

Governor Mark Dayton Appoints Public Member to Board of Social Work

On November 22, 2016, Governor Mark Dayton appointed Thomas Brooks, Public Member, to the Board of Social Work to serve a term ending January 7, 2019  Press Release of Board Appointment

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:

Licensing Transition Period Exception for Grandfathered Licensees  

The 2013-2014 grandfathering law provides a time-limited period, ending December 31, 2017, for licensees who obtained a LGSW or LISW license during a grandfathering period, and do not hold an MSW degree accredited by CSWE, to apply for either the LISW or the LICSW license, provided they meet all other license requirements.  Read the Boards Statute for details Statute 148E.0557
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