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2021-2022 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
335 Randolph Ave Suite 245
Saint Paul MN 55102
 
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 5, 2021
    • April 2, 2021
    • June 4, 2021
    • August 6, 2021
    • October 1, 2021
    • December 3, 2021

    Meeting Agendas & Minutes

    The most recent meeting agendas and minutes are posted.  Minutes are posted following approval at the next 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

    • Jolene Engelking, LISW - Chair
    • Christopher Anderson, Public Member
    • 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 2021
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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

    • Dieu Do, Public Member- Chair
    • Donna Ennis, LSW
    • Kathy Lombardi, LICSW
    • Ken Middlebrooks, Public Member
    • Mary Walsh, 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 4, 2021 cancelled
    • April 1, 2021 cancelled
    • June 3, 2021
    • August 5, 2021
    • October 7, 2021
    • December 2, 2021
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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

    • Christopher Anderson, Public Member
    • Thomas Brooks, Public Member
    • Kate Goodman, LGSW
    • Heidi Holmes, LGSW
    • Stephanie Jacobson, LSW
    • Kathy Lombardi, LICSW
    • Pa Der Vang, LICSW
    • Mary Walsh, LSW
     

    Meeting Schedule

    The Compliance Committee meets as needed.  Meeting dates will be posted below if scheduled.  
    • At present no meetings scheduled for 2021
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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

    • Stephanie Jacobson, LSW, Chair
    • Christopher Anderson, Public Member
    • Heidi Holmes, LGSW
    • Pa Der Vang, LICSW
     

    Compliance Panel B Members

    • Kathy Lombardi, LICSW - Chair
    • Thomas Brooks, Public Member
    • Kate Goodman, LGSW
    • Mary Walsh, LSW
     

    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.
     
    2021 Compliance Panel A, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm:
    • January 21, 2021
    • March 18, 2021
    • May 20, 2021
    • July 15, 2021
    • September 16, 2021
    • November 4, 2021 (changed due to conflict with ASWB Annual Delegate Assembly)
     
    2021 Compliance Panel B, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm:
    • February 17, 2021
    • April 21, 2021
    • June 16, 2021
    • August 18, 2021
    • October 20, 2021
    • December 15, 2021
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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

    • Thomas Brooks, Public Member - Chair (Term 2020-2021)
    • Pa Der Vang, LICSW - Vice-Chair 
    • Jolene Engelking, LISW - Secretary Treasurer 
    • Angie Hirsch, LICSW (ex-officio
     

    2021 Meeting Schedule

    The Executive Committee meets six times per year in Board meeting months from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm:
    • January 14, 2021
    • March 18, 2021 
    • May 20, 2021
    • July 15, 2021
    • September 16, 2021
    • November 4, 2021 (changed due to conflict with ASWB Annual Delegate Assembly)
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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

    • Jolene Engelking, LISW - Chair, Board Secretary-Treasurer
    • Angie Hirsch, LICSW
    • Heidi Holmes, LGSW
    • Stephanie Jacobson, LSW
    • Ken Middlebrooks, Public Member
    • Lori Thompson, LSW
     

    2021 Meeting Schedule

    The Finance Committee meets six times per year in Board meeting months from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm:
    • January 14, 2021
    • March 17, 2021
    • May 20, 2021
    • July 15, 2021
    • September 16, 2021
    • November 4, 2021 (changed due to conflict with ASWB Annual Delegate Assembly)
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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

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

    Meeting Schedule

    The Leadership and Development Committee meets quarterly from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm:
    • February 8, 2021
    • May 10, 2021
    • August 9, 2021
    • November 8, 2021
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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.
     
    After two years of comprehensive review of 20 sections of BOSW Practice Act led by the L&R Committee, there is success at the 2020 Legislature! Important changes to the Social Work Practice Act were enacted and signed into law by Governor Walz on May 12, 2020. This legislation creates common sense regulatory reform and “relevant regulation”.  Positive benefits for citizens, the workforce, licensees and applicants, and the BOSW, include reducing unnecessary licensing barriers while maintaining standards, improving license mobility, creating more flexibility for applicants and licensees, and integrating increased use of technology creating operational efficiencies. 
     
    The L&R Committee is now charged with reviewing the Social Work Practice Act sections on supervised practice, ethical standards of practice, county social worker licensing exemption, and provisional license.
     

    Committee Members

    Board Members:
    • Stephanie Jacobson, LSW - Chair
    • Christopher Anderson, Public Member
    • Thomas Brooks, Public Member
    • Dieu Do, Public Member
    • Jolene Engelking, LISW
    • Ken Middlebrooks, Public Member
    • Mary Weaver 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
    • Elena Izaksonas, MCSWE - Minnesota Conference on Social Work Education


    For meeting access information email lisa.martinez@state.mn.us . 

    2021 Meeting Schedule

    The Legislation & Rules Committee meets monthly from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, unless otherwise noted:
    • January 28, 2021
    • February 25, 2021
    • March 25, 2021
    • April 22, 2021
    • May 27, 2021
    • June 24, 2021
    • July 22, 2021
    • August 26, 2021
    • September 23, 2021 
    • October 28, 2021
    • November 25, 2021 New date TBD
    • December 23, 2021 New date TBD

    Meeting Agendas & Minutes.

    2021 agendas are posted one week in advance of scheduled meetings. New meeting minutes are posted following approval at the next month's meeting.  

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