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IMPORTANT: State of Minnesota Voicemail Upgrade Beginning May 27, 2016

The State of Minnesota will be upgrading its voicemail system, which includes the Board of Social Work, beginning at 10:00 pm on Friday, May 27, 2016.   This process is expected to take a minimum of 10 hours.  During this time, callers may not be able to leave a voicemail message for the Board.  The voicemail upgrade is expected to be back to normal before the start of business on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Opportunity to Serve as a Board Member  

The BOSW will have three professional member vacancies effective January 2016.  Position Vacancy Information and Position Description.

Loan Forgiveness Program for Mental Health Professionals

The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORPHC), Minnesota Department of Health, administers the program funded by the State of Minnesota authorizing the health professional loan forgiveness program in both rural and urban ares.  For more information and submit an application see the ORHPC website:

Minnesota Department of Human Services News for BOSW Licensees: New Adult Abuse Reporting System

Beginning July 1, 2015, the new Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center will provide a single, toll-free number the general public, mandated reporters and licensed professionals, including Social Workers can call to report suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults. Read more...

2015 BOSW Legislative Proposal Signed Into Law

The Boards noncontroversial policy proposals were signed into law by Governor Dayton and are effective July 1, 2015. The proposals will have positive impact for the citizens of Minnesota, licensees, and the Board. Read the summary here
Licensing Transition Period Exception for Grandfathered Licensees 
The 2013-2014 grandfathering period ended December 31, 2014. The law provides a time-limited period, from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017, for licensees who obtained a LGSW or LISW license during a grandfathering period, and do not hold an MSW degree accredited by CSWE, to apply for either the LISW or the LICSW license, provided they meet all other license requirements.  Read the Boards Statute for details Statute 148E.0557
Workforce Survey 
The Board encourages you to complete the  Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care  Workforce Survey when you apply to renew your license. Survey results are important for planning the future of Minnesota!
Electronic Health Records 
Minnesota Statute 621.495 mandated implementation of electronic health records (EHR) by January 1, 2015, for all MN health care providers. The Minnesota Department of Health serves as the primary resource for issues and inquiries relating to  EHR in Minnesota .

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