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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.

Opportunity to Apply to Serve as a Board Member

There is are six scheduled Board Member vacancies, including three public members and three professional licensed members, effective January 2, 2017.  Read more here: Vacancy Notice and Board Member Position Description

Association of Social Work Boards Seeks Volunteers

The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is looking for social work subject matter expert volunteers interested in reviewing performance standards and making recommendations for the new 2018 social work exams.   For more information on this opportunity click here ASWB Volunteer Opportunity.


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

Licensing and Compliance Data Report

The Board compiled Licensing and Compliance related statistics for Fiscal Years 2000 through 2015.   View the data report here.

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 program in both rural and urban ares.  For more information and submit an application see the ORHPC website:

Minnesota Department of Human Services News for BOSW Licensees: New Adult Abuse Reporting System

Beginning July 1, 2015, the new Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center will provide a single, toll-free number the general public, mandated reporters and licensed professionals, including Social Workers can call to report suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults. Read more...

Licensing Transition Period Exception for Grandfathered Licensees  

The 2013-2014 grandfathering period ended December 31, 2014. The law provides a time-limited period, from January 1, 2013 through 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

Workforce Survey  

The Board encourages you to complete the  Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care  Workforce Survey when you apply to renew your license. Survey results are important for planning the future of Minnesota!


Electronic Health Records  

Minnesota Statute 621.495 mandated implementation of electronic health records (EHR) by January 1, 2015, for all MN health care providers. The Minnesota Department of Health serves as the primary resource for issues and inquiries relating to  EHR in Minnesota .

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