Mobility progress through regulation change

Arkansas

  • Act 623 signed by governor April 2019.
  • Amends the laws regarding social work licensing; clarifies the licensing exemption for students; changes the term “reciprocity” to “endorsement;” allows board discretion in determining substantial equivalency.
  • Draft rules effective July 1, 2019, allowing waiver of supervision requirement with three years practice experience.

Nebraska

  • Statute 38-2121 was amended as part of 2017 Neb. LB 1034 in April 2018.
  • No verification of supervised experience for out-of-state applicants in active and continuous practice for one year AND actively engaged in the practice under such credential OR in an accepted residency or graduate training program for at least one of the three years immediately prior to the application for a Nebraska credential.

Nevada

  • NRS 641B.270 Section 18 effective February 28, 2018.
  • Individuals licensed in good standing are automatically licensed with license verification; no review of credentials conducted.

New Hampshire

  • Rewriting rules and actively working on mobility.
  • Developing a “fast track” option that is in keeping with model law Section 308 “Qualification for License by Endorsement.”
  • Currently reviews applicants with out-of-state licensees under “Five years minimum practice experience,” and require verification that the out-of-state license is in good standing.

New Jersey

  • Rules were published September 2018 to clarify total supervision hours and direct contact hours required.
  • Uniform Enforcement Act gives board discretion in using professional experience in the last five years to make up for any credential disparities (i.e., education, exam, supervised experience).

Wyoming

  • Reciprocity is included in promulgation of chapters 1, 3, 4, 6-15, and 17-18 of the Wyoming MHPLB rules.
  • Individuals who hold a license that is free from discipline and in good standing to engage in the practice of social work under the laws of another state may be licensed in Wyoming.
  • Applicants must provide verification that all licenses held within the last five years have not had any discipline against the license.
  • Applicants who do not meet the reciprocity requirements may petition the board for an exemption. The board may grant a certification to such applicant if good cause is shown.

This update reflects progress made as of July 1, 2019.