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Social Work Licensure Legislation Passes NC House!

Friday, May 3, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Valerie Arendt
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The National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter (NASW-NC) is ecstatic to report that House Bill 678 Amend Counselors/Substance Abuse/Social Work Practice Act passed the North Carolina House of Representatives last night with a vote of 114-0.


Originally filed as House Bill 203 Amend Social Work Practice Act, legislators were not advancing this legislation. NASW-NC was concerned the legislation would not make crossover- the date that bills must pass the House OR the Senate to be taken up for the rest of the legislative session. As a result, NASW-NC worked with legislative leadership and other partners to combine three bills.

These bills were:

The three bills were combined into one as all are licensing board bills and supported by various organizations.


NASW-NC has your back! Without our advocacy and relationships with legislators, this legislation would not have advanced! We were the only organization actively seeking to advance this legislation and save social work licensing.


What are the changes to social work licensure and how will it impact me?

NASW-NC has been working with the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board for the last year to develop legislation that keeps our state in compliance with the clinical social work licensing exam developed by the Association of Social Work Boards. This was one of our three priority issues at Social Work Advocacy Day on March 6th!

Click here to learn more about the legislation!


What happens next?

NASW-NC will continue to work with partners to advance the legislation through the Senate. If this bill does not pass, social work licensure will not continue after 2021 and no new clinical social workers will be licensed after that date.


Are you reading this and not a member of NASW? As you see that NASW-NC is working to save social work licensure in North Carolina, please know that we cannot do this without a robust social work membership. Please join your professional association today:

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