Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Social Work
Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work [18 VAC 140 ‑ 20]
Changes to endorsement and reinstatement; standards of practice
Action 5631
General Information
Action Summary The Board will consider amendments to the regulations for: 1) licensure by endorsement to eliminate all requirements for either supervised experience or active practice in another jurisdiction; 2) reinstatement or reactivation of licensure to eliminate requirements for a person whose license has been lapsed for 10 or more years to provide evidence of either active practice in another jurisdiction or in an exempt setting, or supervised practice of no less than 360 hours in a 12-month period; and 3) additions to the standards of practice to specify that persons licensed by the board shall not engage in physical contact with a client when there is a likelihood of psychological harm to the client and shall not sexually harass a client.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006341]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9102 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/31/2021.
9353 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/01/2022.
9635 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/26/2022.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.