Electronic practice: Reviewing regulations

Date: October 29, 2018

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Why is mobility important to social workers who practice electronically?  Practice that uses technology is generally considered to be taking place in both the location of the social worker and the location of the client. And if practice crosses jurisdictions, then practitioners must follow the laws in both places.  That typically includes holding licenses in more than one jurisdiction.

The National Association of Social Workers recently compiled a review of U.S. regulations regarding the use of technology in social work practice.  This article links readers to applicable laws in every U.S. jurisdiction and provides an excellent starting place for social workers who practice electronically to make sure they are following the law. And since regulation of electronic practice is an area of rapid change, social workers should review the sites often.

Helpful resources can be found at these links:

National Association of Social Workers: Technology Regulations Related to Social Work Practice by Jurisdiction

NASW, ASWB, CSWE & CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice

Center for Connected Health Policy: Current State Law & Reimbursement Policies