North Dakota improves social work practice mobility

Date: March 16, 2020

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North Dakota recently enacted two new laws that help improve mobility for social workers coming to the state.

Motivated by workforce shortages, the legislature used ASWB’s Model Social Work Practice Act to draft an amendment to make North Dakota more mobility ready by changing North Dakota’s social work license titles. Using the titles recommended in the ASWB model law aligns North Dakota’s titles with those used widely across the United States. The new law also adds language to address electronic practice. Another law passed around the same time makes it easier for military spouses to add a license in North Dakota.

Now the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners is hard at work writing the administrative rules that help make the legislative actions easy for applicants, licensees, and staff to use.

Read more about how North Dakota’s new laws and rules in the association news story “What’s next after a new law is passed?”