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2019-2020 Full Meeting Schedule

All meeting dates are subject to change.
 
Board committees, including ad hoc committees, and liaison appointments, consist of Board members and Staff, and may include members of the Advisory Committee, and members of the public, as appointed by the chair of the Board.  Advisory committees consist of Board members and appointed members of the public. Unless required by law, public members of advisory committees shall not be compensated, even for expenses.
 
All committee meetings are open to the public under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13D, unless otherwise noted. All committee meetings are held at the following location, unless otherwise noted:
 
Minnesota Board of Social Work Conference Room, Ste 340, 3rd Floor
University Park Plaza
2829 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
 
Board Committees:
  • Advisory Committee

    Advisory Committee Mission: The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to 1) advise the Board of Social Work on professional and policy issues affecting the profession, and 2) facilitate effective communication between the Board and the professional organizations representing its licensees and/or members.  The Advisory Committee consists of representatives of various professional social work organizations identified by the Board Chair. 
     
     
    Bring a Topic to the Advisory Committee: To bring a topic forward for consideration by the Advisory Committee, please contact Kate Zacher-Pate, Executive Director, at kate.zacher-pate@state.mn.us or Karen Goodenough, current Advisory Committee Chair, at kgoodenough.naswmn@socialworkers.org.
     

    Member Organizations & Representatives

    Links provided below for organizations with active websites; at present not all organizations have active websites.
     

    Meeting Schedule

    The Advisory Committee meets six times per year in non-Board meeting months from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm:
    • February 1, 2019
    • April 5, 2019
    • June 7, 2019
    • August 2, 2019
    • October 4, 2019
    • December 6, 2019

    Meeting Agendas & Minutes

    The three most recent meeting agendas and minutes are posted.  Minutes are posted following approval at the next month's meeting.  Agendas are posted approximately a week in advance of meetings. 

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  • Application Review Committee

    The Application Review Committee consists of Board members with clinical and non-clinical expertise appointed by the chair of the Board. The Application Review Committee will review licensure applications for which precedent decisions do not yet exist including unusual or complex applications to ensure applications meet licensure eligibility requirements to the satisfaction of the Board, and as appropriate, make recommendations to the Board. 
     

    Committee Members

    • Jill Grover, LISW - Chair
    • Jolene Engelking, LISW
    • Angie Hirsch, LICSW
    • Mary Walsh, LSW
     

    Meeting Schedule

    The Application Review Committee meets as needed.  Meeting dates will be posted below if scheduled.  
    • At present no meetings scheduled for 2019
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  • Communication Education & Outreach Committee

    The charge to the Communication, Education, and Outreach Committee is to increase the awareness of the Board as a regulatory agency and its mission, determine target audiences and tailor education, outreach and relationship building accordingly.  The Committee will strive to create a coordinated, consistent public education campaign utilizing all appropriate forms of communication medium.  As appropriate, the committee may make recommendations to the Board. The Communication, Education, and Outreach Committee consists of the Board members appointed by the Board Chair.
     

    Committee Members

    • Thomas Brooks, Public Member - Chair
    • Jolene Engelking, LISW
    • Jill Grover, LISW
    • Stephanie Jacobson, LSW
    • Ken Middlebrooks, Public Member
    • Carol Payne, LSW
    • Mary Weaver, Public Member
     

    Meeting Schedule

    The Communication, Education, and Outreach Committee meets six times per year in non-Board meeting months from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm:
    • February 27, 2019 - 1:30 to 3:00 pm (note time change; rescheduled from February 7, 2019)
    • April 4, 2019
    • June 6, 2019
    • August 1, 2019
    • October 3, 2019
    • December 5, 2019
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  • Compliance Committee

    The Compliance Committee consists of compliance panel members, and as needed and appropriate, members appointed by the chair of the Board. The chair of the Board shall designate one member to serve as chair. The committee shall review policy issues relating to compliance and complaint resolution, and as appropriate, make recommendations to the Board.
     

    Committee Members

    • Ken Middlebrooks, Public Member - Chair
    • Angie Hirsch, LICSW
    • Jill Grover, LISW
    • Jolene Engelking, LISW
    • Lori Thompson, LSW
    • Mary Weaver, Public Member
    • Pa Der Vang, LICSW
     

    Meeting Schedule

    The Compliance Committee meets as needed.  Meeting dates will be posted below if scheduled.  
    • At present no meetings scheduled for 2019
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  • Compliance Panel

    A compliance panel consists of not less than two members, and no more than four members, appointed by the chair of the Board. Compliance panel members must represent the diversity of the profession including but not limited to license types, scopes of practice, practice settings and expertise needed. Panels shall also include public and professional members. The chair of the Board may determine to convene more than one compliance panel. The chair shall designate one member to serve as chair of the panel. The panel shall meet in closed session to review staff investigations of complaints and, as appropriate, make recommendations to the Board. Two compliance panels, Panel A and Panel B, are currently convened. 
     

    Compliance Panel A Members

    • Donna Ennis, LSW - Chair
    • Lori Thompson, LSW
    • Mary Weaver, Public Member
    • Pa Der Vang, LICSW
     

    Compliance Panel B Members

    • Ken Middlebrooks, Public Member - Chair
    • Angie Hirsch, LICSW
    • Jill Grover, LISW
    • Jolene Engelking, LISW
     

    Meeting Schedule

    Compliance Panel A meets six times per year in Board meeting months.  Compliance Panel B meets six times per year in non-Board meeting months.  These meetings are closed to the public under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13D.
     
    2019 Compliance Panel A, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm:
    • January 17, 2019
    • March 14, 2019
    • May 16, 2019
    • July 18, 2019
    • September 12, 2019
    • November 14, 2019
     
    2019 Compliance Panel B, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm:
    • February 21, 2019
    • April 18, 2019
    • June 19, 2019
    • August 21, 2019
    • October 16, 2019
    • December 18, 2019
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  • Executive Committee

    The Executive Committee is comprised of the Board chair, vice chair, and secretary-treasurer, and previous Board chair as an ex-officio member in a non-voting capacity. The chair of the Board is the chair of the Executive Committee. The duties of the Executive Committee include, but are not limited to, a) at the request of the chair of the committee, meeting between meetings of the Board to address matters identified by the chair; as appropriate, the committee shall make recommendations to the Board, b) regularly reviewing and making recommendations to the Board on amendments to the bylaws, and c) conducting annual performance reviews of the executive director.
     

    Committee Members

    • Angie Hirsch, LICSW - Chair (Term 2018-2019)
    • Kathy Lombardi, LICSW - Vice Chair (Term 2018-2019)
    • Jill Grover, LICSW - Secretary Treasurer (Term 2018-2019)
    • Carol Payne, LSW (ex-officio
     

    Meeting Schedule

    The Executive Committee meets six times per year in Board meeting months from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm:
    • January 17, 2019
    • March 14, 2019
    • May 16, 2019
    • July 18, 2019
    • September 12, 2019
    • November 14, 2019
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  • Finance Committee

    The Finance Committee consists of the members appointed by the chair of the Board. The committee shall be chaired by the secretary-treasurer of the Board. The committee shall review policy issues relating to budget and finance and, as appropriate, make recommendations to the Board.
     

    Committee Members

    • Jill Grover, LISW - Chair
    • Angie Hirsch, LICSW
    • Kathy Lombardi, LICSW
    • Ken Middlebrooks, Public Member
    • Lori Thompson, LSW
    • Shawn Yates, Public Member
     

    Meeting Schedule

    The Finance Committee meets six times per year in Board meeting months from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm:
    • January 17, 2019
    • March 14, 2019
    • May 16, 2019
    • July 18, 2019
    • September 12, 2019
    • November 14, 2019
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  • Leadership & Development Committee

    The Leadership and Development Committee consists of the members appointed by the chair of the Board. The chair of the Board shall designate one member to serve as chair. 
     
    The Leadership and Development Committee will a) develop and bring forward a slate of officers for Board action, b) assist with the coordination of appointing members to mentor new Board members, c) assist with the coordination of committee interest in July of each year, d) serve to develop and implement strategies to inform the citizens of the state about opportunities to serve as a member of the Board, and e) carry out additional duties as identified by the Executive Committee and Board.
     

    Committee Members

    • Laura McGrath, Public Member - Chair
    • Thomas Brooks, Public Member
    • Jill Grover, LISW
    • Ken Middlebrooks, Public Member
    • Mary Weaver, Public Member
     

    Meeting Schedule

    The Leadership and Development Committee meets quarterly from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm:
    • February 11, 2019
    • May 13, 2019
    • August 12, 2019
    • November 11, 2019
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  • Legislation & Rules Committee

    The Legislation and Rules Committee (L&R) consists of the members appointed by the chair of the Board. The chair of the Board shall designate one member to serve as chair. The committee shall review policy issues relating to legislation and rules and, as appropriate, make recommendations to the Board. The committee meets monthly and is comprised of Board members, Board staff, and three representatives of the Board Advisory Committee to create an opportunity for stakeholder input throughout the process.
     
    The L&R Committee was charged to conduct a "deep dive" review of the Social Work Practice Act (MS 148E and MS 148D) as part of the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, and began its work January 25, 2018.  The committee's goal is to ensure relevant regulation and prepare, for Board consideration and action, a housekeeping/legislative proposal for the 2020 or 2021 legislative session. 
     
    The L&R Committee is currently reviewing MS 148E.055, License Requirements.  To offer comments, you may submit written comments to social.work@state.mn.us.
     

    Committee Members

    Board Members:
    • Angie Hirsch, LICSW - Chair
    • Thomas Brooks, Public Member
    • Jolene Engelking, LISW
    • Stephanie Jacobson, LSW
    • Ken Middlebrooks, Public Member
    • Pa Der Vang, LICSW
    • Shawn Yates, Public Member
    Board Advisory Committee Representatives:
    • Karen Goodenough, LGSW - National Association of Social Workers-MN Chapter
    • Karen Frees, LICSW - Minnesota Coalition of Licensed Social Workers
    • Lake Dziengel, PhD, MSW, LICSW - Minnesota Conference on Social Work Education
     

    Meeting Schedule

    The Legislation & Rules Committee meets monthly from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, unless otherwise noted:
    • January 31, 2019 ,1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • February 26, 2019, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • March 28, 2019, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • April 25, 2019
    • May 23, 2019
    • June 27, 2019
    • July 25, 2019
    • August 22, 2019
    • September 26, 2019
    • October 24, 2019
    • November 21, 2019
    • December 26, 2019

    Meeting Agendas & Minutes.

    2019 agendas are posted one week in advance of scheduled meetings.  All 2018 meeting minutes are posted.  New meeting minutes are posted following approval at the next month's meeting.  

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    Minutes:
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