I am in favor of this petition #371 as it would make Virginia consistent with 80% of the other US states regarding Social Work regulations.
I am in favor of petition #371 as it would make Virginia Social Work regulations consistent with the Virginia Board of Counseling regulations; and, the Virginia Behavioral Science Boards should maintain parity on this issue.
I am also in favor with this petition in that is should allow Virginia to participate in the Interstate compact for Social Work. This would aid Virginia Social Workers to have portability with their licenses.
During the pandemic the mental health system was stressed. As Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Washington DC are contiguous to Virginia, passage would allow Virginia Social Workers to cross those boundaries more easily.