Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Social Work
Petition 371
Petition Information
Petition Title Petition to require individuals working toward LCSW licensure to obtain an LMSW while working under supervision
Date Filed 7/20/2022    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Joseph Lynch, LCSW 
Petitioner's Request

The petitioner requests that the Board of Social Work amend 18VAC140-20-50, which provides the experience requirements for a licensed clinical social worker, to require a supervisee working toward becoming a licensed clinical social worker to obtain licensure as a licensed master’s social worker while obtaining required experience under supervision.  

Agency's Plan

The petition for rulemaking will be published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on August 15, 2022 and on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall. Public comment will open on August 15, 2022 and will close on September 14, 2022. The Board of Social Work will consider the petition and all comments in support or opposition at its meeting currently scheduled for September 23, 2022. The petitioner will be notified of the Board\'s decision after that meeting.

Comment Period Began 8/15/2022    Ended 9/14/2022
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 7/20/2022
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 8/15/2022     Volume: 38  Issue: 26
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 9/23/2022
Decision Publication Date Published on: 10/24/2022     Volume: 39  Issue: 5
Agency Decision Summary

The Board considered this petition at its September 23, 2022 meeting. The Board decided to take no action on the petition, finding that a requirement that individuals under supervision must obtain an LMSW would create a barrier to increasing the workforce, a barrier to access to services, and would add regulatory and exam burdens to supervisees. 

Contact Information
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