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2020 Legislative Proposal


Why is the BOSW Proposing Legislative Policy Changes?

  • The Minnesota Board of Social Work Legislation and Rules Committee, comprised of board members, board staff, and three representatives of the BOSW Advisory Committee, was charged to review each section of the Social Work Practice Act as part of the BOSW 2015-2018 Strategic Plan
  • The last comprehensive review of the BOSW Practice Act took place in 2004-2005
  • During 2019, at three public board meetings, the Board approved the Committee’s strategic recommendations to move forward a noncontroversial 2020 Legislative Proposal to update and reform 13 sections of the BOSW Practice Act
  • The Committee will continue its work until review of the county licensing exemption, supervised practice, and standards of practice sections are complete

What is the Legislative Action to Date?

The House bill HF3081 was introduced on January 31, 2020 and the Senate bill SF3005 was introduced on February 6, 2020. 

What Are the Benefits of the Proposal?

This proposal is the culmination of almost two years of the Board’s intentional strategic initiative to ensure data informed policy, relevant regulation, and responsiveness to stakeholder concerns. The proposal includes changes to 13 sections of statute. Goals include:

  • Maintain current licensing requirements and standards
  • No changes to scope of social work practice
  • Housekeeping and policy improvement
  • Common sense noncontroversial reform
  • Address license mobility and workforce issues
  • Reduce unnecessary licensing barriers
  • Modernize and simplify regulations
  • Improve operational efficiencies
  • Incorporate technology changes
  • Create more readable statute
  • No fiscal impact

What the Bill Does NOT Do?

  • Does not change 4 current social work license types
  • Does not change scope of social work practice
  • Does not lower licensing standards
  • Does not create a licensing compact 
  • Does not change foundational BOSW governance model
  • Does not impact other mental health professions 

Who has Vetted + Supports the Proposal to Date?

The Board is committed to keeping stakeholders informed. The Board will continue to meet with stakeholder groups and provide timely updates through our website and to email subscribers. Any concerns raised will be thoroughly vetted to ensure a noncontroversial proposal. Click the links below to read formal letters of support from professional social work organziations:

Why Should You Support the BOSW 2020 Legislative Proposal?

  • Common sense regulatory reform – good government
  • Housekeeping modernizes and “cleans up” the statute – reorganizes, simplifies, uses plain language
  • Positive benefits for citizens, workforce, licensees and applicants, and BOSW
  • Noncontroversial and formally supported by several professional social work organizations
  • No fiscal impact confirmed by Minnesota Management and Budget
  • Improves operational efficiencies and creates data driven policy
  • Culmination of 2 years comprehensive review of 20 sections of BOSW Practice Act by BOSW, stakeholders, staff – 13 sections are included for improvement 

How Can You Stay Informed and Learn More?

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