Recent mobility progress: How jurisdictions are making social work practice mobility a reality

Date: July 2, 2019

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ASWB’s member boards agree that social work practice mobility is a goal worth achieving. And many already have laws, regulations, and rules in place that make them mobility ready.

Others are making progress toward that goal. Just as each state has its own way of regulating the practice of social work, each state has its own way of making changes that help social workers add a license in a new jurisdiction.

Progress made

Mobility ready: More than thirty states and provinces have provisions in place that ease the process of adding a license for social workers who already hold a license elsewhere in good standing.

Legislation introduced or passed: Some states—including Arizona, Kansas, Montana, and Pennsylvania—have recently seen their lawmakers pass legislation with mobility provisions.  Others have legislation currently in progress.

Regulation change: In many cases, changing regulation can lead to improvements.  Arkansas, Nebraska, Nevada, and Wyoming are among those that have used regulation change to achieve mobility goals.

Administrative process change: Administrative processes can often ease burdens on social workers, especially when a board can accept verification of current licensure in good standing without evaluating supervised experience.

Review initiated: Some boards—like those in Florida, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington—are examining their statutes, regulations, and processes and making recommendations to improve mobility.

Learn more about the jurisdictions that are mobility ready and those that have taken steps during 2018 and 2019 to improve practice mobility for social workers.