Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Social Work
Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work [18 VAC 140 ‑ 20]
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9/12/22  8:21 am
Commenter: John Salay, LCSW

I support the petition.

I support the petition for all of the reasons below. When I was the Chair of the Board, the idea of licensing at the MSW level, was well vetted by the regulatory committee and full board. It passed to the governors office but never made to to the GA. ASWB strongly supported moving forward with it. This action will actually make the LCSW professional role even stronger in the eyes of funding sources. 

I am in favor of the petition for rule-making #371.

I am in favor of the petition #371 because it will make Virginia regulations consistant with 80% of the other US states social  work regulations.

I am in favor of petition # 371 because it will make Virginia social work regulations consistant with  the Virgina Board of Counseling regulations.  The Virginia Behavioral Science Boards should maintain parity on this issue.

I am in favor of the petition because it will help Virginia to participate in the Interstate Compact for Social Work.  This helps Social Workers to have portability of their license.

I am in favor of the petition. Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Washington D. C are all contiguous  to Virginia.  During the Pandemic the mental health service delivery system was stressed.  Partly due to the difficulty for licensed Clinical Social Workers to easily cross state boundaries.

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