The Board recognizes the gravity and potential impact of COVID-19. The COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly evolving and information and recommendations from Governor Walz, the MN Department of Health (MDH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are changing as new information becomes available. The Board of Social Work, as a state agency, is taking direction and following guidance from the Governor’s office, including the “peacetime state of emergency.
STAY INFORMED WITH THE BOSW
- The Board encourages everyone to be safe and take reasonable precautions to ensure personal safety, safety in your agencies and for your clients, and in our communities.
- The BOSW recognizes and appreciates the continued ethical responses by licensees to help ensure the safety of the clients and communities we serve during this extremely challenging time!
- At present the BOSW office remains open as Governor Walz has not closed State Agencies. There may be delays in response times as inquiries have increased and staffing resources may change due to the COVID-19 situation.
- The BOSW strives to be responsive and appreciates your patience during this challenging time.
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SPECIAL NOTICE: TEMPORARY DEFERRAL OF FINGERPRINTING REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS FOR LICENSURE BY HEALTH RELATED LICENSING BOARDS
BOSW COVID-19 NEWS RELEASES
- Out-of-state licensed mental healthcare providers allowed to register with Boards of Social Work, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Behavioral Health and Therapy, to provide telehealth to meet needs of emergency
- Executive Order 20-28 authorizes out-of-state mental health providers to treat Minnesota patients via telehealth services to help ensure that the mental health needs of Minnesotans are met during the stress and uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic
- Before rendering any such aid in this state, such healthcare providers shall (a) complete the registration form required by the appropriate Minnesota health-related licensing or regulatory board, and (b) receive from the appropriate Minnesota health-related licensing board an acknowledgment of receipt of the registration form