Summary of 2015 Proposed Legislative Changes
OSBLSW will be accepting comments on the proposed 2015 legislative changes. Persons wishing to present their views orally or in writing may do so before 5:00 p.m. on January 16, 2015. Additionally, a public hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on January 30, 2015. See the following summary regarding proposed changes. Links to documents containing the highlighted changes are included.
Summary of Changes
OKLAHOMA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE
CHAPTER 10. LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
675: 10-1-3. Requirements for the Licensed Social Work Associate
The proposed amendments to Rule 675: 10-1-3 deletes language and eliminates the requirement of two years of supervised practice for Licensed Social Worker Associate licensure as per SB 1699 which was passed during the 2014 legislative session. The change incorporates language that is consistent with how the other levels of licensure are defined in agency rules.
CHAPTER 12. GUIDELINES FOR SUPERVISION
The proposed amendments to Rule 675: 12-1-2 deletes language and eliminates the requirement of two years of supervised practice for Licensed Social Worker Associate licensure as per SB 1699 which was passed during the 2014 legislative session.
STATE BOARD OF LICENSED SOCIAL WORKERS ACT
Section 1251 (C) – License Required - Exemptions
Changes to Subsection C – Adds a statement to clarify the exemption DOES NOT APPLY to those who are licensed by the Board, regardless of their employment.
Section 1266.1 (A) (14). Refusal to issue or renew, suspend, revoke, censure, reprimand, restrict or limit license – Fines – Judicial review
Changes to (A)(14) – Add the word “OKLAHOMA” to this section to clarify that any adverse action taken on another Oklahoma license held by the licensed social worker is grounds for disciplinary action against their social work licensure.
The annual NASW State Conference will be held April 26th-28th, 2015, at the Embassy Suites & Inn in Norman, OK . Any individual interested in presenting a workshop must complete the attached form, and submit to NASW NO LATER than November 15th, 2014.
NEW STATUTORY CHANGES GOING INTO EFFECT NOVEMBER 1st, 2014!!!! CLICK HERE
Renewal Season is upon us!!!
Renew online by clicking the “Update/Renew Button” on the homepage.
Failure to renew your license by December 31st 2014 will result in the lapse of your license and may impact your employability and/or ability to practice social work in the state of Oklahoma.
Reminder: Please note the three (3) hour ethics requirement does not have to be obtained as part of your Category I training (face to face). They can be obtained either in Category I, II or III. The only requirement for Category I training is that eight (8) of your sixteen (16) hours must be completed in this category.
Reminder: All new licensees (those who have a provisional license or exam ID number) who have taken and passed the licensing exam will be exempt from the continuing education requirement for the calendar year the exam was taken. Regardless of what month the exam was taken and passed, the licensee will still be required to renew the newly acquired license by December 31st, which will include paying the renewal fee.
Reminder: All transfer licensees approved prior to July 1st of the calendar year, as well as those who are renewing an existing license, are required to obtain sixteen (16) hours of continuing education in order to renew for the following calendar year. Eight (8) hours MUST be Category I (face to face); the other eight (8) may be Category I, II or III (Cat. II & III require the submission of a CE application), and three (3) of the sixteen (16) hours MUST include ethics training.
Reminder: All transfer licensees approve after July 1st (those who have transferred their license to Oklahoma from another jurisdiction) of the calendar year are required to obtain eight (8) hours of continuing education in order to renew for the following calendar year. All eight (8) hours MUST be Category I (face to face) and three (3) of those eight (8) hours MUST include ethics training. Any training received dating back to January 1 of the calendar year approved by ASWB or NASW can be used as part of this eight (8) hour requirement. Beginning the following calendar year, you will observe the instructions of the wallet card (required to acquire sixteen (16) hours of CE credit, eight (8) of which MUST be Category I, the other eight (8) may be Category I, II or III (Cat. II & III require the submission of a CE application), and three (3) of those sixteen (16) hours MUST include ethics training).
Reminder: For those who hold dual licensure, the total number of CE credit required for those who have dual licensure has been reduced from 32 to 22. What this means is you will acquire sixteen (16) hours of CE credit for what you consider to be your primary license, and an additional six (6) hours for the second license. 675:15-1-3. Any individual holding more than one license is required to obtain 6 additional hours of Category I continuing education for each additional license. Dual licensees should seek continuing education credits that reflect the nature of the licensure and scope of their practices. All licensees must receive a total of 3 hours of ethics training as defined by the Board. For individuals who have more than one license, ethics training can be obtained for either specialty.
Our board accepts varying methods of continuing education. The sponsor may be approved by our board (see www.ok.gov/socialworkers for a full listing), by the ASWB ACE Provider program (www.aswb.org), by the National Chapter of the NASW (www.socialworkers.org), or any NASW State Chapter.
FOR THOSE WHO MISS THE DECEMBER 31st DEADLINE, YOU MAY STILL RENEW THROUGH MARCH 31st, 2015.
Reminders about renewing during the grace period:
1. There is a late fee charge of $50.00 when renewing January 1st-March 31st.
2. All CE credits MUST have been obtained during calendar year 2014.
3. During the grace period you will NOT be licensed beginning January 1st, through the date you renew.
4. There is no renewal option after March 31st. If you do not renew by that date, your license will remain lapsed. You will need to submit a new application for approval by the Board, and you will be required to pass the appropriate licensure exam before another license can be issued.