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IMPORTANT UPDATE  State of Minnesota Email Outage

On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, the State of Minnesota experienced an email outage for incoming messages.  If you emailed a state employee or a state agency, including the Board of Social Work and its employees, between the hours of 1:00 am and 8:15 pm on August 19, 2015, that message was not received.  In order to ensure that your message is received, we encourage you to re-send your message to its intended recipient.  Click here for more information

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 Board’s 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… 

Governor Appoints Five to Board of Social Work 
Governor Mark Dayton has appointed five members to the Minnesota Board of Social Work effective June 30, 2015. Read more 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 Board’s 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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Board Meetings

Meetings will be held in Conference Room A from 9:00 am. to 3:00 pm.
  • January 16, 2015
  • March 20, 2015
  • May 15, 2015
  • July 17, 2015
  • September 18, 2015
  • November 20, 2015
All meetings are subject to change. 

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