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2022-2023 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 Youa Yang, Executive Director, youa.yang@state.mn.us or Dan Porter, Advisory Committee Chair, dan.porter@nemetro.k12.mn.us
     

    Member Organizations & Representatives

    Note: 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 4, 2022
    • April 1, 2022
    • June 3, 2022
    • August 5, 2022
    • October 14 , 2022 (changed due to conflict with Board Meeting)
    • December 2, 2022

    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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    Minutes:
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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 DeLille, 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
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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
    • Ken Middlebrooks, Public Member
    • 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 3, 2022
    • April 7, 2022
    • June 2, 2022
    • August 4, 2022
    • October 6, 2022
    • December 1, 2022
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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
    • Jolene Engelking, LISW
    • Kate Goodman, LICSW
    • Heidi Holmes, LGSW
    • Stephanie Jacobson, LSW
    • Tera Nelson, LSW
    • 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 2022
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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

    • Christopher Anderson, Public Member
    • Heidi Holmes, LGSW
    • Tera Nelson, LSW
    • Pa Der Vang, LICSW
     

    Compliance Panel B Members

    • Thomas Brooks, Public Member
    • Jolene Engelking, LISW
    • Kate Goodman, LICSW
    • Stephanie Jacobson. 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.
     
    2022 Compliance Panel A, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (3rd Thursday of odd months):
    • January 20, 2022
    • March 17, 2022
    • May 19, 2022
    • July 14, 2022 (changed to precede the Board Meeting)
    • October 6, 2022 
    • November 3, 2022 (changed due to conflict with ASWB Annual Delegate Assembly)
     
    2022 Compliance Panel B, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (2nd Thursday of even months):
    • February 10, 2022
    • April 14, 2022
    • June 9, 2022
    • August 11, 2022
    • October 13, 2022
    • December 8, 2022
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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

    • Pa Der Vang, LICSW - Chair (Term 2022-2023)
    • Kate Goodman, LICSW - Vice-Chair
    • Jolene Engelking, LISW - Secretary Treasurer 
    • Thomas Brooks, Public Member (ex-officio
     

    2022 Meeting Schedule

    The Executive Committee meets six times per year in Board meeting months from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm:
    • January 20, 2022
    • March 17, 2022 
    • May 19, 2022
    • July 14, 2022 (changed to precede Board Meeting)
    • October 6, 2022 (changed)
    • November 3, 2022 (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 DeLille, LICSW
    • Heidi Holmes, LGSW
    • Stephanie Jacobson, LSW
    • Ken Middlebrooks, Public Member
    • Lori Thompson, LSW
     

    2022 Meeting Schedule

    The Finance Committee meets six times per year in Board meeting months from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm:
    • January 20, 2022
    • March 17, 2022
    • May 19, 2022
    • July 14, 2022
    • October 6, 2022 (changed)
    • November 3, 2022 (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

    • Kate Goodman, LICSW - Chair
    • Donna Ennis, LSW
    • Angie DeLille, LICSW
    • Kathy Lombardi, LICSW
    • Lori Thompson, LSW
    • Mary Weaver, Public Member
     

    Meeting Schedule

    The Leadership and Development Committee meets the 2nd Monday monthly (as needed) from 6-7:30pm:
    • January 10, 2022
    • February 14, 2022
    • March 14, 2022
    • April 11, 2022
    • May 9, 2022
    • June 13, 2022
    • July 11, 2022
    • August 8, 2022
    • September 12, 2022
    • October 10, 2022
    • November 14, 2022
    • December 12, 2022
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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: social.work@state.mn.us 

    2022 Meeting Schedule

    The Legislation & Rules Committee meets monthly from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, unless otherwise noted:
    • January 27, 2022
    • February 24, 2022
    • March 24, 2022
    • April 28, 2022
    • May 26, 2022
    • June 23, 2022
    • July 28, 2022
    • August 25, 2022
    • September 22, 2022 
    • October 27, 2022
    • November 24, 2022 New date TBD
    • December 22, 2022 New date TBD

    Meeting Agendas & Minutes.

    2022 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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    Minutes:
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  • Ad Hoc Data Committee

              The Board voted unanimously at its May 21, 2021 public board meeting to create an Ad Hoc Committee to develop a plan to gather BOSW public demographic data, including data on the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) examination pass/fail data, and to publish the data.  The motion includes that the ad hoc committee and staff work on this data collection project “for the next year” which would suggest a target completion date of May 2022.  


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  • Ad Hoc Executive Director Hiring Committee

            Committee created to plan and set timeline for Executive Director hiring process. Target goal is to have new hire start in September for 30-day onboarding with ED before retirement on October 11.

     

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