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SF 3005

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/03/2020 09:05am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to health; making changes to requirements, licensing, and other regulatory
provisions for social work practice; making technical, clarifying, and conforming
changes; amending and providing definitions; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018,
sections 148E.010, subdivisions 9, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, by adding subdivisions;
148E.015; 148E.025, subdivision 2; 148E.055, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10,
11, by adding subdivisions; 148E.060, subdivisions 1, 2, 2a; 148E.070, subdivisions
2, 3, 5; 148E.080; 148E.085; 148E.095, subdivision 1; 148E.130, subdivision 1,
by adding subdivisions; 148E.145; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 148E; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 148E.045;
148E.055, subdivisions 7, 8; 148E.060, subdivisions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13;
148E.075, subdivisions 1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 8; 148E.095, subdivision 2; 148E.130,
subdivisions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; 148E.135; 148E.140; 148E.150; 148E.155; 148E.160;
148E.165; 148E.170.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.010, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 3a. new text end

new text begin Baccalaureate degree. new text end

new text begin "Baccalaureate degree" means a bachelor's degree in
social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the
Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or a similar accreditation body that the
board designates.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.010, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 7b. new text end

new text begin Clock hour. new text end

new text begin "Clock hour" means 60 minutes of learning.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.010, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 7c. new text end

new text begin Continuing education. new text end

new text begin "Continuing education" means education and training
to maintain, improve, or enhance competent social work practice.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.010, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 7d. new text end

new text begin Continuing education independent learning. new text end

new text begin "Continuing education
independent learning" means a licensee's individual study, including but not limited to online
activities without live interaction, research for publication, presentations, or professional
development.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.010, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 7e. new text end

new text begin Continuing education social work ethics. new text end

new text begin "Continuing education social work
ethics" means:
new text end

new text begin (1) the history and evolution of values and ethics in social work, including cultural
awareness and social diversity;
new text end

new text begin (2) ethics theories;
new text end

new text begin (3) professional standards of social work practice, as specified in the ethical codes of
the National Association of Social Workers, the Association of Canadian Social Workers,
the Clinical Social Work Federation, and the Council on Social Work Education;
new text end

new text begin (4) the legal requirements and other considerations for each jurisdiction that registers,
certifies, or licenses social workers; or
new text end

new text begin (5) the ethical decision-making process.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.010, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Intern.

"Intern" means a student in field placement working under the
supervision deleted text beginor directiondeleted text end of a social workernew text begin to fulfill the requirements of a program accredited
by the Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social
Work, or a similar accreditation body that the board designates
new text end.

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.010, subdivision 11, is amended to read:


Subd. 11.

Practice of social work.

(a) "Practice of social work" means working to
maintain, restore, or improve behavioral, cognitive, emotional, mental, or social functioning
of clients, in a manner that applies accepted professional social work knowledge, skills, and
values, including the person-in-environment perspective, by providing in person or through
telephone, video conferencing, or electronic means one or more of the social work services
described in paragraph (b), clauses (1) to (3). Social work services may address conditions
that impair or limit behavioral, cognitive, emotional, mental, or social functioning. Such
conditions include, but are not limited to, the following: abuse and neglect of children or
vulnerable adults, addictions, developmental disorders, disabilities, discrimination, illness,
injuries, poverty, and trauma. Practice of social work also means providing social work
services in a position for which the educational basis is the individual's degree in social
work described in subdivision 13.

(b) Social work services include:

(1) providing assessment and intervention through direct contact with clients, developing
a plan based on information from an assessment, and providing services which include, but
are not limited to, assessment, case management, client-centered advocacy, client education,
consultation, counseling, crisis intervention, and referral;

(2) providing for the direct or indirect benefit of clients through administrative,
educational, policy, or research services including, but not limited to:

(i) advocating for policies, programs, or services to improve the well-being of clients;

(ii) conducting research related to social work services;

(iii) developing and administering programs which provide social work services;

(iv) engaging in community organization to address social problemsnew text begin and macrocosm
issues
new text end through planned collective action;

(v) supervising individuals who provide social work services to clients;

(vi) supervising social workers in order to comply with the supervised practice
requirements specified in sections 148E.100 to 148E.125; and

(vii) teaching professional social work knowledge, skills, and values to students; and

(3) engaging in clinical practicenew text begin as defined in subdivision 6new text end.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.010, subdivision 16, is amended to read:


Subd. 16.

Student.

"Student" means an individual who is deleted text begintaughtdeleted text end new text begincurrently enrolled in a
program that has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian
Association of Schools of Social Work, or a similar accreditation body that the board
designates and who studies
new text endprofessional social work knowledge, skills, and values deleted text beginin a
program that has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian
Association of Schools of Social Work, or a similar accreditation body designated by the
board
deleted text end.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.010, subdivision 17, is amended to read:


Subd. 17.

Supervisee.

"Supervisee" means an individual deleted text beginprovideddeleted text end new text beginwho receives
new text end evaluation and supervision or directionnew text begin of the supervisee's social work practice through
supervision in order to comply with sections 148E.100 to 148E.125
new text end by an individual who
meets the requirements under section 148E.120.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.010, subdivision 18, is amended to read:


Subd. 18.

Supervision.

"Supervision" means a professional relationship between a
supervisor and a deleted text beginsocial workerdeleted text endnew text begin superviseenew text end in which the supervisor deleted text beginprovides evaluation and
direction of the services provided by the social worker to promote competent and ethical
services to clients through the continuing development of the social worker's knowledge
and application of accepted professional social work knowledge, skills, and values
deleted text endnew text begin evaluates
and directs the supervisee's social work practice. A supervisor's role is to promote a
supervisee's continued development of the supervisee's knowledge, skills, and abilities to
practice social work in an ethical and competent manner
new text end.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.010, subdivision 19, is amended to read:


Subd. 19.

Supervisor.

"Supervisor" means an individual who deleted text beginprovidesdeleted text endnew text begin meets the
requirements of section 148E.120 to provide
new text end evaluation and direction through supervision
as described in subdivision 18 in order to comply with sections 148E.100 to 148E.125.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.010, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 20. new text end

new text begin Underrepresented community. new text end

new text begin "Underrepresented community" means a
group that is not represented in the majority with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin,
sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical ability.
new text end

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.015, is amended to read:


148E.015 SCOPE.

This chapter applies to all applicants and licensees, all persons who use the title social
worker, and all persons deleted text beginin or out of this state who provide social work services to clients
who reside
deleted text endnew text begin who engage in the practice of social work, as defined in section 148E.010,new text end in
this statenew text begin, regardless of the practitioner's or client's location,new text end unless there are specific
applicable exemptions provided by law.

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.025, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Qualifications of board members.

(a) All social worker members must have
engaged in the practice of social work in Minnesota for at least one year during the ten years
preceding their appointments.

deleted text begin (b) Five social worker members must be licensed social workers under section 148E.055,
subdivision 2
. The other five members must include a licensed graduate social worker, a
licensed independent social worker, and at least two licensed independent clinical social
workers.
deleted text end

new text begin (b) The ten social worker members must include at least:
new text end

new text begin (1) three licensed social workers;
new text end

new text begin (2) two licensed independent clinical social workers; and
new text end

new text begin (3) two licensed graduate social workers or licensed independent social workers.
new text end

(c) deleted text beginEightdeleted text endnew text begin Fivenew text end social worker members must be engaged at the time of their appointment
in the practice of social work in Minnesota in the following settings:

(1) one member must be engaged in the practice of social work in new text begineither new text enda county new text beginor
state
new text endagency;

deleted text begin (2) one member must be engaged in the practice of social work in a state agency;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (2)new text end one member must be engaged in the practice of social work in an elementary,
middle, or secondary school;

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end one member must be deleted text beginemployed in a hospital or nursing home licensed under
chapter 144 or 144A
deleted text endnew text begin engaged in the practice of social work in a health care settingnew text end;

deleted text begin (5)deleted text endnew text begin (4)new text end one member must be engaged in the practice of social work in a private deleted text beginagencydeleted text endnew text begin
setting
new text end;new text begin and
new text end

deleted text begin (6) two members must be engaged in the practice of social work in a clinical social work
setting; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (7)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end one member must be an educator engaged in regular teaching duties at a program
of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or a similar accreditation
body deleted text begindesignated bydeleted text end new text beginthat new text endthe boardnew text begin designatesnew text end.

(d) At the time of their appointments, at least six members must reside outside of the
11-county metropolitan area.

(e) At the time of their appointments, at least five members must be deleted text beginpersons with expertise
in communities of color.
deleted text endnew text begin members of:
new text end

new text begin (1) a community of color; or
new text end

new text begin (2) an underrepresented community, as defined in section 148E.010, subdivision 20.
new text end

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

License required.

deleted text begin(a)deleted text end In order to practice social work, new text beginas defined in
section 148E.010, subdivisions 6 and 11,
new text endan individual must have a social work license
under this section or section 148E.060, except when the individual is exempt from licensure
according to section 148E.065.

deleted text begin (b) Individuals who teach professional social work knowledge, skills, and values to
students and who have a social work degree from a program accredited by the Council on
Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or a similar
accrediting body designated by the board must have a social work license under this section
or section 148E.060, except when the individual is exempt from licensure according to
section 148E.065.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) Effective July 1, 2016, an individual who is newly employed by a city or state agency
or a private nonprofit, nontribal agency previously exempt from licensure under Minnesota
Statutes 2010, section 148D.065, subdivision 5, and section 148E.065, subdivision 5, must
be licensed if:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) the individual is presented to the public by any title incorporating the words "social
work" or "social worker"; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) the individual has a baccalaureate or graduate degree in social work from a program
accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools
of Social Work, or a similar accrediting body designated by the board, and the individual
provides social work services, including clinical social work services, as those services are
defined in section 148E.010, subdivisions 6 and 11.
deleted text end

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Qualifications for licensure by examination as a licensed social workernew text begin
(LSW)
new text end.

deleted text begin(a)deleted text end To be licensed as a licensed social worker, an applicant for licensure by
examination must provide evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant:

(1) has received a baccalaureate degree in social work from a program accredited by the
Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work,
or a similar accreditation body deleted text begindesignated by the board, or a doctorate in social work from
an accredited university
deleted text endnew text begin that the board designatesnew text end;

(2) has passed the bachelor's or equivalent examination administered by the Association
of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body deleted text begindesignated by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin that the board
designates
new text end. deleted text beginUnless an applicant applies for licensure by endorsement according to subdivision
7,
deleted text end An examination is not valid if deleted text beginit was takendeleted text endnew text begin the applicant tooknew text end and passed new text beginthe examination
new text end eight or more years prior to submitting deleted text begina completed, signeddeleted text endnew text begin annew text end application deleted text beginform provided
by the board
deleted text endnew text begin for licensure under this sectionnew text end. new text beginAn applicant must take new text endthe examination deleted text beginmay
be taken
deleted text end new text beginno more than six months new text endprior to completing degree requirements;

(3) has submitted a completed, signed application form new text beginthat the board has new text endprovided deleted text beginby
the board, including the applicable application fee specified in section 148E.180
deleted text end. For
new text begin electronic new text endapplications deleted text beginsubmitted electronicallydeleted text end, a "signed application" means providing an
attestation deleted text beginas specified by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin that the board has specifiednew text end;

(4) has deleted text beginsubmitteddeleted text endnew text begin completednew text end the criminal background check deleted text beginfee and a form provided by
the board authorizing a criminal background check according to subdivision 8
deleted text endnew text begin according
to section 214.075 and paid the required fees
new text end;

(5) has paid deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin allnew text end applicable deleted text beginlicense feedeleted text endnew text begin feesnew text end specified in section 148E.180; and

(6) has not engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the standards of
practice specified in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240. If the applicant has engaged in conduct
that was or would be in violation of the standards of practice, the board may take action
according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270.

deleted text begin (b) An application that is not completed and signed, or that is not accompanied by the
correct fee, must be returned to the applicant, along with any fee submitted, and is void.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) A licensee granted a license by the board according to paragraph (a) must meet the
supervised practice requirements specified in sections 148E.100 to 148E.125. If a licensee
does not meet the supervised practice requirements, the board may take action according
to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (d) By submitting an application for licensure, an applicant authorizes the board to
investigate any information provided or requested in the application. The board may request
that the applicant provide additional information, verification, or documentation.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (e) Within one year of the time the board receives an application for licensure, the
applicant must meet all the requirements specified in paragraph (a) and must provide all of
the information requested by the board according to paragraph (d). If within one year the
applicant does not meet all the requirements, or does not provide all of the information
requested, the applicant is considered ineligible and the application for licensure must be
closed.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (f) Except as provided in paragraph (g), an applicant may not take more than three times
the bachelor's or equivalent examination administered by the Association of Social Work
Boards, or a similar examination body designated by the board. An applicant must receive
a passing score on the bachelor's or equivalent examination administered by the Association
of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board in no more
than 18 months after the date the applicant first failed the examination.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (g) Notwithstanding paragraph (f), the board may allow an applicant to take, for a fourth
or subsequent time, the bachelor's or equivalent examination administered by the Association
of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board if the applicant:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) meets all requirements specified in paragraphs (a) to (e) other than passing the
bachelor's or equivalent examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards
or a similar examination body designated by the board;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) provides to the board a description of the efforts the applicant has made to improve
the applicant's score and demonstrates to the board's satisfaction that the efforts are likely
to improve the score; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) provides to the board letters of recommendation from two licensed social workers
attesting to the applicant's ability to practice social work competently and ethically according
to professional social work knowledge, skills, and values.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (h) An individual must not practice social work until the individual passes the examination
and receives a social work license under this section or section 148E.060. If the board has
reason to believe that an applicant may be practicing social work without a license, and the
applicant has failed the bachelor's or equivalent examination administered by the Association
of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board, the board
may notify the applicant's employer that the applicant is not licensed as a social worker.
deleted text end

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 2a. new text end

new text begin Qualifications for licensure by endorsement as a licensed social worker
(LSW).
new text end

new text begin (a) To be licensed as a licensed social worker, an applicant for licensure by
endorsement must provide evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant:
new text end

new text begin (1) holds an active license or credential as a baccalaureate-level social worker in another
jurisdiction;
new text end

new text begin (2) holds a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
new text end

new text begin (3) has submitted a completed, signed application form that the board has provided. For
electronic applications, a "signed application" means providing an attestation that the board
has specified;
new text end

new text begin (4) has completed the criminal background check according to section 214.075 and paid
the required fees;
new text end

new text begin (5) has not engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the standards of
practice specified in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240. If the applicant has engaged in conduct
that was or would be in violation of the standards of practice, the board may take action
according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270; and
new text end

new text begin (6) has paid all applicable fees specified in section 148E.180.
new text end

new text begin (b) An individual licensed under this subdivision is not required to meet the supervised
practice requirements in section 148E.100 provided that the applicant has practiced
baccalaureate-level social work in another jurisdiction for at least 4,000 hours while actively
licensed or credentialed as a baccalaureate-level social worker during the four years
immediately preceding the applicant's submission of an application under this subdivision.
new text end

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Qualifications for licensure by examination as new text begina new text endlicensed graduate social
workernew text begin (LGSW)new text end.

deleted text begin(a)deleted text end To be licensed as a licensed graduate social worker, an applicant for
licensure by examination must provide evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant:

(1) has received a graduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the
Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work,
or a similar accreditation body deleted text begindesignated by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin that the board designatesnew text end, or a
doctorate in social work from an accredited university;

(2) has passed the master's or equivalent examination administered by the Association
of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body deleted text begindesignated by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin that the board
designates
new text end. deleted text beginUnless an applicant applies for licensure by endorsement according to section
148E.055, subdivision 7,
deleted text end An examination is not valid if deleted text beginit was takendeleted text endnew text begin the applicant tooknew text end and
passed new text beginthe examination new text endeight or more years prior to submitting deleted text begina completed, signeddeleted text endnew text begin annew text end
application deleted text beginform provided by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin for licensure under this sectionnew text end. The new text beginapplicant must
take the
new text endexamination deleted text beginmay be takendeleted text end new text beginno more than six months new text endprior to completing degree
requirements;

(3) has submitted a completed, signed application form new text beginthat the board has new text endprovided deleted text beginby
the board, including the applicable application fee specified in section 148E.180
deleted text end. For
new text begin electronic new text endapplications deleted text beginsubmitted electronicallydeleted text end, a "signed application" means providing an
attestation deleted text beginas specified by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin that the board has specifiednew text end;

(4) has deleted text beginsubmitteddeleted text endnew text begin completednew text end the criminal background check deleted text beginfee and a form provided by
the board authorizing a criminal background check according to subdivision 8
deleted text endnew text begin according
to section 214.075 and paid the required fees
new text end;

(5) has paid deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin allnew text end applicable deleted text beginlicense feedeleted text endnew text begin feesnew text end specified in section 148E.180; and

(6) has not engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the standards of
practice specified in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240. If the applicant has engaged in conduct
that was or would be in violation of the standards of practice, the board may take action
according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270.

deleted text begin (b) An application which is not completed and signed, or which is not accompanied by
the correct fee, must be returned to the applicant, along with any fee submitted, and is void.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) A licensee granted a license by the board according to paragraph (a) must meet the
supervised practice requirements specified in sections 148E.100 to 148E.125. If a licensee
does not meet the supervised practice requirements, the board may take action according
to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (d) By submitting an application for licensure, an applicant authorizes the board to
investigate any information provided or requested in the application. The board may request
that the applicant provide additional information, verification, or documentation.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (e) Within one year of the time the board receives an application for licensure, the
applicant must meet all the requirements specified in paragraph (a) and must provide all of
the information requested by the board according to paragraph (d). If within one year the
applicant does not meet all the requirements, or does not provide all of the information
requested, the applicant is considered ineligible and the application for licensure must be
closed.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (f) Except as provided in paragraph (g), an applicant may not take more than three times
the master's or equivalent examination administered by the Association of Social Work
Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board. An applicant must receive
a passing score on the master's or equivalent examination administered by the Association
of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board in no more
than 18 months after the date the applicant first failed the examination.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (g) Notwithstanding paragraph (f), the board may allow an applicant to take, for a fourth
or subsequent time, the master's or equivalent examination administered by the Association
of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board if the applicant:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) meets all requirements specified in paragraphs (a) to (e) other than passing the master's
or equivalent examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards or a
similar examination body designated by the board;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) provides to the board a description of the efforts the applicant has made to improve
the applicant's score and demonstrates to the board's satisfaction that the efforts are likely
to improve the score; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) provides to the board letters of recommendation from two licensed social workers
attesting to the applicant's ability to practice social work competently and ethically according
to professional social work knowledge, skills, and values.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (h) An individual must not practice social work until the individual passes the examination
and receives a social work license under this section or section 148E.060. If the board has
reason to believe that an applicant may be practicing social work without a license, and the
applicant has failed the master's or equivalent examination administered by the Association
of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board, the board
may notify the applicant's employer that the applicant is not licensed as a social worker.
deleted text end

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 3a. new text end

new text begin Qualifications for licensure by endorsement as a licensed graduate social
worker (LGSW).
new text end

new text begin (a) To be licensed as a licensed graduate social worker, an applicant for
licensure by endorsement must provide evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant:
new text end

new text begin (1) holds an active license or credential as a graduate or master's level social worker in
another jurisdiction;
new text end

new text begin (2) holds a master's degree from an accredited college or university;
new text end

new text begin (3) has submitted a completed, signed application form that the board has provided. For
electronic applications, a "signed application" means providing an attestation that the board
has specified;
new text end

new text begin (4) has completed the criminal background check according to section 214.075 and paid
the required fees;
new text end

new text begin (5) has not engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the standards of
practice specified in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240. If the applicant has engaged in conduct
that was or would be in violation of the standards of practice, the board may take action
according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270; and
new text end

new text begin (6) has paid all applicable fees specified in section 148E.180.
new text end

new text begin (b) An individual licensed under this subdivision is not required to meet the supervised
practice requirements in section 148E.105 provided that the applicant has practiced
nonclinical graduate or master's level social work in another jurisdiction for at least 4,000
hours while actively licensed or credentialed as a graduate or master's level social worker
during the four years immediately preceding submission of an application under this
subdivision.
new text end

new text begin (c) An individual licensed under this subdivision engaged in clinical social work practice
must comply with the supervised practice requirements in section 148E.106.
new text end

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

new text beginQualifications for new text endlicensure by examinationdeleted text begin;deleted text endnew text begin as anew text end licensed independent
social workernew text begin (LISW)new text end.

deleted text begin(a)deleted text end To be licensed as a licensed independent social worker, an
applicant for licensure by examination must provide evidence satisfactory to the board that
the applicant:

(1) has received a graduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the
Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work,
or a similar accreditation body deleted text begindesignated by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin that the board designatesnew text end, or a
doctorate in social work from an accredited university;

(2) has practiced social work as defined in section 148E.010, and has met the supervised
practice requirements specified in sections 148E.100 to 148E.125;

(3) has passed the advanced generalist or equivalent examination administered by the
Association of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body deleted text begindesignated by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin
that the board designates
new text end. deleted text beginUnless an applicant applies for licensure by endorsement according
to subdivision 7,
deleted text end An examination is not valid if deleted text beginit was takendeleted text endnew text begin the applicant tooknew text end and passed
new text begin the examination new text endeight or more years prior to submitting deleted text begina completed, signeddeleted text endnew text begin annew text end application
deleted text begin form provided by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin for licensure under this sectionnew text end;

(4) has submitted a completed, signed application form deleted text beginprovided by the board, including
the applicable application fee specified in section 148E.180
deleted text endnew text begin that the board has providednew text end.
For new text beginelectronic new text endapplications deleted text beginsubmitted electronicallydeleted text end, a "signed application" means providing
an attestation deleted text beginas specified by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin that the board has specifiednew text end;

(5) has deleted text beginsubmitteddeleted text endnew text begin completednew text end the criminal background check deleted text beginfee and a form provided by
the board authorizing a criminal background check according to subdivision 8
deleted text endnew text begin according
to section 214.075 and paid the required fees
new text end;

(6) has paid deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin allnew text end applicable deleted text beginlicense feedeleted text endnew text begin feesnew text end specified in section 148E.180; and

(7) has not engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the standards of
practice specified in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240. If the applicant has engaged in conduct
that was or would be in violation of the standards of practice, the board may take action
according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270.

deleted text begin (b) An application which is not completed and signed, or which is not accompanied by
the correct fee, must be returned to the applicant, along with any fee submitted, and is void.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) A licensed independent social worker who practices clinical social work must meet
the supervised practice requirements specified in sections 148E.100 to 148E.125. If a licensee
does not meet the supervised practice requirements, the board may take action according
to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (d) By submitting an application for licensure, an applicant authorizes the board to
investigate any information provided or requested in the application. The board may request
that the applicant provide additional information, verification, or documentation.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (e) Within one year of the time the board receives an application for licensure, the
applicant must meet all the requirements specified in paragraph (a) and must provide all of
the information requested by the board according to paragraph (d). If within one year the
applicant does not meet all the requirements, or does not provide all of the information
requested, the applicant is considered ineligible and the application for licensure must be
closed.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (f) Except as provided in paragraph (g), an applicant may not take more than three times
the advanced generalist or equivalent examination administered by the Association of Social
Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board. An applicant must
receive a passing score on the master's or equivalent examination administered by the
Association of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board
in no more than 18 months after the first time the applicant failed the examination.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (g) Notwithstanding paragraph (f), the board may allow an applicant to take, for a fourth
or subsequent time, the advanced generalist or equivalent examination administered by the
Association of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board
if the applicant:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) meets all requirements specified in paragraphs (a) to (e) other than passing the
advanced generalist or equivalent examination administered by the Association of Social
Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) provides to the board a description of the efforts the applicant has made to improve
the applicant's score and demonstrates to the board's satisfaction that the efforts are likely
to improve the score; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) provides to the board letters of recommendation from two licensed social workers
attesting to the applicant's ability to practice social work competently and ethically according
to professional social work knowledge, skills, and values.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (h) An individual must not practice social work until the individual passes the examination
and receives a social work license under this section or section 148E.060. If the board has
reason to believe that an applicant may be practicing social work without a license, except
as provided in section 148E.065, and the applicant has failed the advanced generalist or
equivalent examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards or a similar
examination body designated by the board, the board may notify the applicant's employer
that the applicant is not licensed as a social worker.
deleted text end

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 4a. new text end

new text begin Qualifications for licensure by endorsement as a licensed independent
social worker (LISW).
new text end

new text begin (a) To be licensed as a licensed independent social worker, an
applicant for licensure by endorsement must provide evidence satisfactory to the board that
the applicant:
new text end

new text begin (1) holds an active license or credential as an advanced practice graduate or master's
level social worker in another jurisdiction;
new text end

new text begin (2) holds a master's degree from an accredited college or university;
new text end

new text begin (3) has submitted a completed, signed application form that the board provided. For
electronic applications, a "signed application" means providing an attestation that the board
has specified;
new text end

new text begin (4) has completed the criminal background check according to section 214.075 and paid
the required fees;
new text end

new text begin (5) has not engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the standards of
practice specified in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240. If the applicant has engaged in conduct
that was or would be in violation of the standards of practice, the board may take action
according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270; and
new text end

new text begin (6) has paid all applicable fees specified in section 148E.180.
new text end

new text begin (b) An individual licensed under this subdivision engaged in clinical social work practice
must comply with the supervised practice requirements in section 148E.110.
new text end

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

new text beginQualifications for new text endlicensure by examinationdeleted text begin;deleted text endnew text begin as anew text end licensed independent
clinical social workernew text begin (LICSW)new text end.

(a) To be licensed as a licensed independent clinical
social worker, an applicant for licensure by examination must provide evidence satisfactory
to the board that the applicant:

(1) has received a graduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the
Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work,
or a similar accreditation body deleted text begindesignated by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin that the board designatesnew text end, or a
doctorate in social work from an accredited university;

(2) has completed 360 clock hours (one semester credit hour = 15 clock hours) in the
following clinical knowledge areas:

(i) 108 clock hours (30 percent) in differential diagnosis and biopsychosocial assessment,
including normative development and psychopathology across the life span;

(ii) 36 clock hours (ten percent) in assessment-based clinical treatment planning with
measurable goals;

(iii) 108 clock hours (30 percent) in clinical intervention methods informed by research
and current standards of practice;

(iv) 18 clock hours (five percent) in evaluation methodologies;

(v) 72 clock hours (20 percent) in social work values and ethics, including cultural
context, diversity, and social policy; and

(vi) 18 clock hours (five percent) in culturally specific clinical assessment and
intervention;

(3) has practiced clinical social work as defined in section 148E.010, including both
diagnosis and treatment, and has met the supervised practice requirements specified in
sections 148E.100 to 148E.125;

(4) has passed the clinical or equivalent examination administered by the Association
of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body deleted text begindesignated by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin that the board
designates
new text end. deleted text beginUnless an applicant applies for licensure by endorsement according to subdivision
7,
deleted text end An examination is not valid if deleted text beginit was takendeleted text endnew text begin the applicant tooknew text end and passed new text beginthe examination
new text end eight or more years prior to submitting deleted text begina completed, signeddeleted text endnew text begin annew text end application deleted text beginform provided
by the board
deleted text endnew text begin for licensure under this sectionnew text end;

(5) has submitted a completed, signed application form new text beginthat the board has new text endprovided deleted text beginby
the board, including the applicable application fee specified in section 148E.180
deleted text end. Fornew text begin
electronic
new text end applications deleted text beginsubmitted electronicallydeleted text end, a "signed application" means providing an
attestation deleted text beginas specified by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin that the board has specifiednew text end;

(6) has deleted text beginsubmitteddeleted text endnew text begin completednew text end the criminal background check deleted text beginfee and a form provided by
the board authorizing a criminal background check according to subdivision 8
deleted text endnew text begin according
to section 214.075 and paid the required fees
new text end;

(7) has paid deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin all applicablenew text end license deleted text beginfeedeleted text endnew text begin feesnew text end specified in section 148E.180; and

(8) has not engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the standards of
practice specified in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240. If the applicant has engaged in conduct
that was or would be in violation of the standards of practice, the board may take action
according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270.

(b) The requirement in paragraph (a), clause (2), may be satisfied through:

(1) a graduate degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the
Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or a similar accreditation body deleted text begindesignated
by the board
deleted text endnew text begin that the board designatesnew text end; or a doctorate in social work from an accredited
universitynew text begin. An academic institution must certify clinical clock hours in the clinical knowledge
areas on a form that the board has provided to meet this requirement
new text end;

(2) graduate coursework from an accredited institution of higher learningnew text begin. An academic
institution must certify clinical clock hours in the clinical knowledge areas on a form that
the board has provided to meet this requirement
new text end; or

(3) up to deleted text begin90deleted text endnew text begin 120new text end continuing education hours, deleted text beginnot to exceed 20 hours of independent
study
deleted text endnew text begin which the applicant may complete via continuing education independent learningnew text end as
deleted text begin specifieddeleted text endnew text begin definednew text end in section deleted text begin148E.130, subdivision 5deleted text endnew text begin 148E.010, subdivision 7dnew text end. deleted text beginThe
continuing education must have a course description available for public review and must
include a posttest. Compliance with this requirement must be documented on a form provided
by the board. The board may conduct audits of the information submitted in order to
determine compliance with the requirements of this section.
deleted text endnew text begin The applicant must include
documents verifying completion of clinical clock hours in the clinical knowledge areas to
meet this requirement as specified in section 148E.130, subdivision 11.
new text end

deleted text begin (c) An application which is not completed and signed, or which is not accompanied by
the correct fee, must be returned to the applicant, along with any fee submitted, and is void.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (d) By submitting an application for licensure, an applicant authorizes the board to
investigate any information provided or requested in the application. The board may request
that the applicant provide additional information, verification, or documentation.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (e) Within one year of the time the board receives an application for licensure, the
applicant must meet all the requirements specified in paragraph (a) and must provide all of
the information requested by the board according to paragraph (d). If within one year the
applicant does not meet all the requirements, or does not provide all of the information
requested, the applicant is considered ineligible and the application for licensure must be
closed.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (f) Except as provided in paragraph (g), an applicant may not take more than three times
the clinical or equivalent examination administered by the Association of Social Work
Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board. An applicant must receive
a passing score on the clinical or equivalent examination administered by the Association
of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board no later than
18 months after the first time the applicant failed the examination.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (g) Notwithstanding paragraph (f), the board may allow an applicant to take, for a fourth
or subsequent time, the clinical or equivalent examination administered by the Association
of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board if the applicant:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) meets all requirements specified in paragraphs (a) to (e) other than passing the clinical
or equivalent examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards or a
similar examination body designated by the board;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) provides to the board a description of the efforts the applicant has made to improve
the applicant's score and demonstrates to the board's satisfaction that the efforts are likely
to improve the score; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) provides to the board letters of recommendation from two licensed social workers
attesting to the applicant's ability to practice social work competently and ethically according
to professional social work knowledge, skills, and values.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (h) An individual must not practice social work until the individual passes the examination
and receives a social work license under this section or section 148E.060. If the board has
reason to believe that an applicant may be practicing social work without a license, and the
applicant has failed the clinical or equivalent examination administered by the Association
of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board, the board
may notify the applicant's employer that the applicant is not licensed as a social worker.
deleted text end

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 5a. new text end

new text begin Qualifications for licensure by endorsement as a licensed independent
clinical social worker (LICSW).
new text end

new text begin To be licensed as a licensed independent clinical social
worker, an applicant for licensure by endorsement must provide evidence satisfactory to
the board that the applicant:
new text end

new text begin (1) holds an active license or credential as an independent clinical level social worker
in another jurisdiction;
new text end

new text begin (2) holds a master's degree from an accredited college or university;
new text end

new text begin (3) has submitted a completed, signed application form that the board has provided. For
electronic applications, a "signed application" means providing an attestation that the board
has specified;
new text end

new text begin (4) has completed the criminal background check according to section 214.075 and paid
the required fees;
new text end

new text begin (5) has not engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the standards of
practice specified in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240. If the applicant has engaged in conduct
that was or would be in violation of the standards of practice, the board may take action
according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270; and
new text end

new text begin (6) has paid all applicable fees specified in section 148E.180.
new text end

Sec. 24.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Degrees from outside United States or Canada.

If an applicant receives a
degree from a program outside the United States or Canada that is not accredited by the
Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work,
or a similar examination body designated by the board, the degree does not fulfill the
requirements specified in subdivision 2, deleted text beginparagraph (a),deleted text end clause (1); 3, deleted text beginparagraph (a),deleted text end clause
(1); 4, deleted text beginparagraph (a),deleted text end clause (1); or 5, paragraph (a), clause (1), unless the Council on Social
Work Education or a similar accreditation body designated by the board has determined
through the council's international equivalency determination service that the degree earned
is equivalent to the degree required.

Sec. 25.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 8a. new text end

new text begin Void application. new text end

new text begin An application that is not completed and signed, or that is
not accompanied by the correct fee, is void and the board must return it to the applicant,
along with any fee submitted.
new text end

Sec. 26.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 8b. new text end

new text begin Investigation. new text end

new text begin By applying for licensure, an applicant authorizes the board
to investigate and request additional information to verify completion of all license
qualifications.
new text end

Sec. 27.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 8c. new text end

new text begin Application time limit. new text end

new text begin (a) Within one year of the date that the board receives
an application for licensure under this section, the applicant must meet all the requirements
for licensure and provide all of the information that the board has requested, or the application
must be closed.
new text end

new text begin (b) If an applicant graduated from a program in candidacy status with the Council on
Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or a similar
accrediting body that the board designates, the applicant must meet all of the requirements
for licensure and provide all of the information requested within one year of the date that
the board receives an application for licensure under this section or within 30 days of the
date the program is approved or denied accreditation, whichever is later, or the application
must be closed.
new text end

Sec. 28.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, subdivision 9, is amended to read:


Subd. 9.

Effective date.

deleted text beginThedeleted text endnew text begin An initial license isnew text end effective deleted text begindate of an initial license isdeleted text endnew text begin
on
new text end the day deleted text beginon whichdeleted text end new text beginthat new text endthe board receives the applicable license fee from an applicant
approved for licensure.

Sec. 29.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Expiration date.

deleted text beginThe expiration date of an initial license isdeleted text endnew text begin An initial license
expires on
new text end the last day of the licensee's birth month in the second calendar year following
the effective date of the initial license.

Sec. 30.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.055, subdivision 11, is amended to read:


Subd. 11.

Change in license.

(a) A licensee who changes from a licensed social worker
to a licensed graduate social worker, or from a licensed graduate social worker to a licensed
independent social worker, or from a licensed graduate social worker or licensed independent
social worker to a licensed independent clinical social worker, must pay the prorated share
of the fee for the new license.

(b) The deleted text begineffective date of thedeleted text end new license is new text begineffective on new text endthe day deleted text beginon whichdeleted text endnew text begin thatnew text end the board
receives the applicable license fee from an applicant approved for the new license.

(c) The deleted text beginexpiration date of thedeleted text end new license deleted text beginisdeleted text endnew text begin expires onnew text end the same new text beginexpiration new text enddate as deleted text beginthe
expiration date of
deleted text end the license new text beginpreviously new text endheld by the licensee prior to the change in the
license.

Sec. 31.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.060, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Students deleted text beginand otherdeleted text endnew text begin ornew text end persons not currently licensed in another
jurisdiction.

(a) deleted text beginThe board may issuedeleted text endnew text begin To be issuednew text end a temporary license to practice social
work deleted text begintodeleted text endnew text begin,new text end an applicant who is new text begina student as defined in section 148E.010 or a person new text endnot licensed
or credentialed to practice social work in any jurisdiction deleted text beginbut hasdeleted text endnew text begin must provide evidence
satisfactory to the board that the applicant
new text end:

(1) deleted text beginapplieddeleted text endnew text begin has submitted a current applicationnew text end for a license under section 148E.055;

deleted text begin (2) applied for a temporary license on a form provided by the board;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) submitted a form provided by the board authorizing the board to complete a criminal
background check;
deleted text end

new text begin (2) has submitted the required fees and documentation for the criminal background check
according to section 214.075;
new text end

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (3) hasnew text end passed the applicable licensure examination deleted text beginprovided fordeleted text endnew text begin requirednew text end in section
148E.055;

new text begin (4) has completed all requirements for a baccalaureate or graduate degree in social work
from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian
Association of Schools of Social Work, or a similar accrediting body that the board
designates, or a doctorate in social work from an accredited university, including all
coursework and internships required to obtain the degree;
new text end

deleted text begin (5) attested on a form provided by the board that the applicant has completed the
requirements for a baccalaureate or graduate degree in social work from a program accredited
by the Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social
Work, or a similar accrediting body designated by the board, or a doctorate in social work
from an accredited university; and
deleted text end

new text begin (5) has submitted a completed, signed temporary license application form that the board
has provided. For electronic applications, a "signed application" means providing an
attestation that the board has specified;
new text end

new text begin (6) has paid the fee specified in section 148E.180; and
new text end

deleted text begin (6)deleted text endnew text begin (7) hasnew text end not engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the standards of
practice specified in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240. If the applicant has engaged in conduct
that was or would be in violation of the standards of practice, the board may take action
according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270.

new text begin (b) A temporary license is effective on the day that the board receives the application
and fee or on the date that all requirements are complete as specified in this subdivision,
whichever date is later.
new text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (c)new text end A temporary license issued under this subdivision expires deleted text beginafterdeleted text endnew text begin on the last day
of the month
new text end six monthsnew text begin from the effective date or when a license is issued under section
148E.055, whichever date is earlier. A temporary license is nonrenewable
new text end.

new text begin (d) In all professional use of the social worker's name, an individual with a baccalaureate
or graduate temporary license must represent themselves as a temporary license baccalaureate
social worker or temporary license graduate social worker. An individual with a baccalaureate
or graduate temporary license must not use the credentials LSW, LGSW, LISW, or LICSW
until the individual is issued a license under section 148E.055.
new text end

new text begin (e) An individual issued a baccalaureate temporary license under this subdivision is
authorized to practice social work as described in section 148E.050, subdivision 2. An
individual issued a graduate temporary license under this subdivision is authorized to practice
social work as described in section 148E.050, subdivision 3.
new text end

new text begin (f) An individual issued a temporary license under this subdivision must obtain
supervision in compliance with sections 148E.100 to 148E.125. Supervised practice obtained
with a temporary license applies to the supervised practice requirements for a license issued
under section 148E.055.
new text end

new text begin (g) An individual issued a temporary license under this subdivision may complete
continuing education in compliance with the requirements of section 148E.130. Continuing
education obtained with a temporary license may be applied to the continuing education
requirements of a license issued under section 148E.055.
new text end

Sec. 32.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.060, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

deleted text beginEmergency situations anddeleted text end Persons currently licensed in another
jurisdiction.

(a) deleted text beginThe board may issuedeleted text endnew text begin To be issuednew text end a temporary license to practice social
work deleted text begintodeleted text endnew text begin,new text end an applicant who is licensed or credentialed to practice social work in another
jurisdictiondeleted text begin, may or may not have applied for a license under section 148E.055, and hasdeleted text endnew text begin
must provide evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant
new text end:

(1) deleted text beginapplied for a temporary license on a form provided by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin holds an active
license or credential to practice social work in another jurisdiction
new text end;

(2) deleted text beginsubmitted a form provided by the board authorizing the board to complete a criminal
background check
deleted text endnew text begin has completed the criminal background check according to section
214.075 and submitted the required fees
new text end;

(3) deleted text beginsubmitted evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant is currently licensed
or credentialed to practice social work in another jurisdiction
deleted text endnew text begin has submitted a completed,
signed temporary license application form that the board has provided. For electronic
applications, a "signed application" means providing an attestation that the board has
specified
new text end;

(4) deleted text beginattested on a form provided by the board that the applicant has completed the
requirements for a baccalaureate or graduate degree in social work from a program accredited
by the Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social
Work, or a similar accrediting body designated by the board, or a doctorate in social work
from an accredited university
deleted text endnew text begin has paid the fee specified in section 148E.180new text end; and

(5) new text beginhas new text endnot engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the standards of
practice specified in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240. If the applicant has engaged in conduct
that was or would be in violation of the standards of practice, the board may take action
according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270.

(b) A temporary license deleted text beginissued under this subdivision expires after six monthsdeleted text endnew text begin is effective
on the day that the board receives the application and fee or on the date that all requirements
are complete as specified in this subdivision, whichever date is later
new text end.

new text begin (c) A temporary license issued under this subdivision expires on the last day of the month
six months from the effective date or when a license is issued under section 148E.055,
whichever date is earlier. A temporary license in nonrenewable.
new text end

new text begin (d) The board may not issue a temporary license to an individual more than one time in
a 12-month period under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin (e) In all professional use of the social worker's name, an individual with a baccalaureate
or graduate temporary license must represent themselves as a Temporary License
Baccalaureate Social Worker or Temporary License Graduate Social Worker. An individual
with a baccalaureate or graduate temporary license must not use the credentials LSW,
LGSW, LISW, or LICSW until the individual is issued a license under section 148E.055.
new text end

new text begin (f) An individual issued a baccalaureate temporary license under this subdivision is
authorized to practice social work as described in section 148E.050, subdivision 2. An
individual issued a graduate temporary license under this subdivision is authorized to practice
social work as described in section 148E.050, subdivision 3, 4, or 5, consistent with the
individual's license or credential in the other jurisdiction.
new text end

Sec. 33.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.060, subdivision 2a, is amended to read:


Subd. 2a.

new text beginApplicants graduating from new text endprograms in candidacy status.

(a) deleted text beginThe board
may issue
deleted text endnew text begin To be issuednew text end a temporary license to practice social work deleted text begintodeleted text endnew text begin,new text end an applicant who deleted text beginhas
completed the requirements for a baccalaureate or graduate degree in social work from
deleted text endnew text begin is
a student as defined in section 148E.010 or a graduate from
new text end a program in candidacy status
with the Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social
Work, or a similar accrediting body deleted text begindesignated by the board, and hasdeleted text endnew text begin that the board
designates, must provide evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant
new text end:

(1) deleted text beginapplieddeleted text endnew text begin has a current applicationnew text end for a license under section 148E.055;

(2) deleted text beginapplied for a temporary license on a form provided by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin has submitted the
required fees and documentation for the criminal background check according to section
214.075
new text end;

deleted text begin (3) submitted a form provided by the board authorizing the board to complete a criminal
background check;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (3) hasnew text end passed the applicable licensure examination deleted text beginprovided fordeleted text endnew text begin requirednew text end in section
148E.055; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

new text begin (4) has completed all requirements for a baccalaureate, graduate, or doctoral degree in
social work from a program in candidacy status with the Council on Social Work Education,
the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or a similar accrediting body that the
board designates, including all coursework and internships required to obtain the degree;
new text end

new text begin (5) has submitted a completed, signed temporary license application form that the board
has provided. For electronic applications, a "signed application" means providing an
attestation that the board has specified;
new text end

new text begin (6) has paid the fee specified in section 148E.180; and
new text end

deleted text begin (5)deleted text end new text begin(7) has new text endnot engaged in conduct that is in violation of the standards of practice specified
in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240. If the applicant has engaged in conduct that is in violation
of the standards of practice, the board may take action according to sections 148E.255 to
148E.270.

new text begin (b) A temporary license is effective on the day that the board receives the application
and fee or on the date that all requirements are complete as specified in this subdivision,
whichever date is later.
new text end

new text begin (c) A temporary license issued under this subdivision expires on the last day of the month
12 months from the license's effective date or when a license is issued under section
148E.055, whichever date is earlier. A temporary license is nonrenewable.
new text end

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end A temporary license issued under this subdivision deleted text beginexpires after 12 months butdeleted text end
may be extended deleted text beginat the board's discretiondeleted text end upon a showing that the social work program
remains in deleted text begingood standingdeleted text endnew text begin candidacy statusnew text end with the Council on Social Work Education, the
Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or a similar accrediting body deleted text begindesignated
by the board
deleted text endnew text begin that the board designatesnew text end.

new text begin (e) In all professional use of the social worker's name, an individual with a baccalaureate
or graduate temporary license must represent themselves as a Temporary License
Baccalaureate Social Worker or Temporary License Graduate Social Worker. An individual
with a baccalaureate or graduate temporary license must not use the credentials LSW,
LGSW, LISW, or LICSW until the individual has a license under section 148E.055.
new text end

new text begin (f) An individual who has a baccalaureate temporary license under this subdivision is
authorized to practice social work as described in section 148E.050, subdivision 2. An
individual who has a graduate temporary license under this subdivision is authorized to
practice social work as described in section 148E.050, subdivision 3.
new text end

new text begin (g) An individual issued a temporary license under this subdivision must obtain
supervision in compliance with sections 148E.100 to 148E.125. Supervised practice obtained
with a temporary license applies to the supervised practice requirements for a license issued
under section 148E.055.
new text end

new text begin (h) An individual who has a temporary license under this subdivision may complete
continuing education in compliance with the requirements of section 148E.130. An individual
who earns continuing education hours with a temporary license may apply those continuing
education hours to the continuing education requirements of a license under section 148E.055.
new text end

new text begin (i) new text endIf deleted text beginthe board receives notice fromdeleted text end the Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian
Association of Schools of Social Work, or a similar accrediting body deleted text begindesignated by the
board that the social work program is not in good standing, or that the accreditation will
not be granted to the social work program
deleted text endnew text begin that the board designates does not grant
accreditation to the program in candidacy status
new text end, thenew text begin board must immediately revoke thenew text end
temporary license deleted text beginis immediately revokeddeleted text end.

Sec. 34.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.070, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

deleted text beginMailingdeleted text end License renewal notices.

The board must deleted text beginmaildeleted text endnew text begin sendnew text end a notice for license
renewal to a licensee at least 45 days before the expiration date of the license. deleted text beginMailing the
notice by United States mail
deleted text end new text beginThe board may send the renewal notice new text endto the licensee's last
known mailing address deleted text beginconstitutes valid mailingdeleted text endnew text begin or electronicallynew text end. Failure to receive the
renewal notice does not relieve a licensee of the obligation to renew a license and to pay
the renewal fee.

Sec. 35.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.070, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Submitting license renewal applications.

(a) In order to renew a license, a
licensee must submit:

(1) a completed, signed application for license renewal; and

(2) the applicable renewal fee specified in section 148E.180.

new text begin The board must receive new text endthe completed, signed application and renewal fee deleted text beginmust be received
by the board
deleted text end prior to midnight deleted text beginofdeleted text endnew text begin onnew text end the day of the license expiration date. For new text beginelectronic
new text end renewals deleted text beginsubmitted electronicallydeleted text end, a "signed application" means providing an attestation deleted text beginasdeleted text endnew text begin
that the board has
new text end specified deleted text beginby the boarddeleted text end.

(b) An application deleted text beginwhich isdeleted text endnew text begin that the applicant hasnew text end not completed and signed, or deleted text beginwhichdeleted text endnew text begin
that
new text end is not accompanied by the correct fee, deleted text beginmust be returned to the applicant, along with
any fee submitted, and
deleted text end is void.new text begin The board must return the incomplete application and any
fee to the applicant.
new text end

(c) The completed, signed application must include documentation that the licensee has
met the continuing education requirements specified in sections 148E.130 to deleted text begin148E.170deleted text endnew text begin
148E.145
new text end and, if applicable, the supervised practice requirements specified in sections
148E.100 to 148E.125.

(d) By submitting a renewal application, an applicant authorizes the board to:

(1) investigate any information provided or requested in the application. The board may
request that the applicant provide additional information, verification, or documentation;

(2) conduct an audit to determine if the applicant has met the continuing education
requirements specified in sections 148E.130 to deleted text begin148E.170deleted text endnew text begin 148E.145new text end; and

(3) if applicable, conduct an audit to determine whether the applicant has met the
supervision requirements specified in sections 148E.100 to 148E.125.

deleted text begin (e) If a licensee's application for license renewal meets the requirements specified in
paragraph (a), the licensee may continue to practice after the license expiration date until
the board approves or denies the application.
deleted text end

Sec. 36.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.070, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Expired license.

(a) deleted text beginIf an application does not meet the requirements specified
in subdivisions 3 and 4, the license automatically expires.
deleted text end A licensee whose license has
expired may deleted text beginreactivatedeleted text endnew text begin restorenew text end a license new text beginto active status new text endby meeting the requirements in
section 148E.080 or new text beginmay new text endbe relicensed by meeting the requirements specified in section
148E.055.

(b) The board may take action according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270 based on a
licensee's conduct before the expiration of the license.

(c) An expired license may be reactivated within one year of the expiration date specified
in section 148E.080. After one year of the expiration date, an individual may apply for a
new license according to section 148E.055.

Sec. 37.

new text begin [148E.0751] TEMPORARY LEAVE LICENSE STATUS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Temporary leave. new text end

new text begin (a) At the time of license renewal, a licensee may
apply for temporary leave license status by:
new text end

new text begin (1) submitting a completed, signed application on a form that the board has provided.
For electronic applications, a "signed application" means providing an attestation that the
board has specified;
new text end

new text begin (2) paying the fee specified in section 148E.180; and
new text end

new text begin (3) demonstrating to the satisfaction of the board that the licensee is not engaged in the
practice of social work as defined in section 148E.010, subdivisions 6 and 11, in any setting,
including settings in which social workers are exempt from licensure according to section
148E.065.
new text end

new text begin (b) By submitting an application for temporary leave license status, an applicant
authorizes the board to:
new text end

new text begin (1) investigate any information provided or requested in the application. The board may
request that the applicant provide additional information, verification, or documentation;
new text end

new text begin (2) determine if the applicant has met the continuing education requirements specified
in sections 148E.130 to 148E.145; and
new text end

new text begin (3) determine whether the applicant has met the supervision requirements specified in
sections 148E.100 to 148E.125.
new text end

new text begin (c) An application that the applicant has not completed and signed, or that is not
accompanied by the correct fee, is void. The board must return the application to the
applicant, along with any fee.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Four-year time limit. new text end

new text begin (a) A temporary leave license status may not exceed
four consecutive years. If a licensee fails to restore the license to active status according to
section 148E.080, the license automatically expires at the end of the four-year term.
new text end

new text begin (b) The board must send a notice to a licensee at least 45 days before the expiration date
of the temporary leave license status. The board may send the renewal notice to the licensee's
last known mailing address or electronically.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Return to active license status. new text end

new text begin A licensee with temporary leave license status
may restore their license to active license status according to section 148E.080, including
documenting required continuing education hours.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Prohibition on practice and representation. new text end

new text begin A licensee who has temporary
leave license status: (1) must not practice, attempt to practice, offer to practice, or advertise
or hold out as being authorized to practice social work; and (2) must include "temporary
leave" in any use of the license credential LSW, LGSW, LISW, or LICSW.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Disciplinary or other action. new text end

new text begin The board may resolve any pending complaints
against a licensee before approving an application for temporary leave license status specified
in this section. The board may take action according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.290
against a licensee who has temporary leave license status specified in this section based on
conduct occurring before the temporary leave license status or conduct occurring while the
license is in temporary leave license status.
new text end

Sec. 38.

new text begin [148E.0752] EMERITUS INACTIVE LICENSE STATUS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Emeritus inactive license. new text end

new text begin (a) At the time of license renewal, a licensee
may apply for emeritus inactive license status by:
new text end

new text begin (1) submitting a completed, signed application on a form that the board has provided.
For electronic applications, a "signed application" means providing an attestation that board
has specified;
new text end

new text begin (2) paying the fee specified in section 148E.180; and
new text end

new text begin (3) demonstrating to the satisfaction of the board that the licensee is retired from social
work practice as defined in section 148E.010, subdivisions 6 and 11, and will not engage
in the practice of social work in any setting, including settings in which social workers are
exempt from licensure according to section 148E.065.
new text end

new text begin (b) By submitting an application for emeritus inactive license status, an applicant
authorizes the board to:
new text end

new text begin (1) investigate any information provided or requested in the application. The board may
request that the applicant provide additional information, verification, or documentation;
new text end

new text begin (2) determine if the applicant has met the continuing education requirements specified
in sections 148E.130 to 148E.145; and
new text end

new text begin (3) determine whether the applicant has met the supervision requirements specified in
sections 148E.100 to 148E.125.
new text end

new text begin (c) An application that the applicant has not completed and signed, or that is not
accompanied by the correct fee, is void. The board must return the application to the
applicant, along with any fee.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Return to active license status. new text end

new text begin (a) A licensee with emeritus inactive license
status may restore their license status to active license status during the first four years of
the emeritus inactive status according to section 148E.080, including documenting required
continuing education hours.
new text end

new text begin (b) A licensee in emeritus inactive status is not eligible to restore their license to active
status after four years. The licensee may reapply for a license according to section 148E.055.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Prohibition on practice and representation. new text end

new text begin A licensee who has emeritus
inactive license status: (1) must not practice, attempt to practice, offer to practice, or advertise
or hold out as being authorized to practice social work; and (2) must include "emeritus
inactive" in any use of the license credential LSW, LGSW, LISW, or LICSW.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Disciplinary or other action. new text end

new text begin The board may resolve any pending complaints
against a licensee before approving an application for emeritus inactive license status
specified in this section. The board may take action according to sections 148E.255 to
148E.290 against a licensee who has emeritus inactive license status specified in this section
based on conduct occurring before the emeritus inactive license status or conduct occurring
while the license is in emeritus inactive status.
new text end

Sec. 39.

new text begin [148E.0753] EMERITUS ACTIVE LICENSE STATUS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Emeritus active license. new text end

new text begin (a) At the time of license renewal, a licensee
may apply for emeritus active license status by:
new text end

new text begin (1) submitting a completed, signed application on a form that the board has provided.
For electronic applications, a "signed application" means providing an attestation that the
board has specified;
new text end

new text begin (2) paying the fee specified in section 148E.180; and
new text end

new text begin (3) demonstrating to the satisfaction of the board that the licensee is retired from social
work practice as defined in section 148E.010, subdivisions 6 and 11, other than the limited
practice allowed in subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin (b) By submitting an application for emeritus active license status, an applicant authorizes
the board to:
new text end

new text begin (1) investigate any information provided or requested in the application. The board may
request that the applicant provide additional information, verification, or documentation;
new text end

new text begin (2) determine if the applicant has met the continuing education requirements specified
in sections 148E.130 to 148E.145; and
new text end

new text begin (3) determine whether the applicant has met the supervision requirements specified in
sections 148E.100 to 148E.125.
new text end

new text begin (c) An application that the applicant has not completed and signed, or that is not
accompanied by the correct fee, is void. The board must return the application to the
applicant, along with any fee.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Limitation on practice and representation. new text end

new text begin (a) A licensee who has emeritus
active license status is only authorized to engage in:
new text end

new text begin (1) pro bono or unpaid social work practice as specified in section 148E.010, subdivisions
6 and 11; or
new text end

new text begin (2) paid social work practice not to exceed 500 clock hours per calendar year for the
exclusive purpose of:
new text end

new text begin (i) providing licensing supervision as specified in sections 148E.100 to 148E.125;
new text end

new text begin (ii) providing consultation to licensees as specified in section 148E.200, subdivision 2;
or
new text end

new text begin (iii) presenting continuing education activities as specified in section 148E.130,
subdivision 9.
new text end

new text begin (b) In all professional use of the social worker's name, a licensee must include "emeritus
active" in all use of their LSW, LGSW, LISW, or LICSW license credential.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Renewal. new text end

new text begin (a) An applicant who has emeritus active license status may renew
their license according to the requirements specified in section 148E.070 and must pay
one-half of the renewal fee specified in section 148E.180, subdivision 3.
new text end

new text begin (b) Failure to renew an emeritus active license status will result in an expired license as
specified in section 148E.070.
new text end

new text begin (c) At the time of license renewal, a licensee must provide evidence satisfactory to the
board that the licensee has, during the renewal term, completed one-half of the clock hours
of continuing education as specified in section 148E.130, including at least two clock hours
in social work ethics.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Return to active license status. new text end

new text begin An applicant may restore a license in emeritus
active status to active license status according to section 148E.080.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Disciplinary or other action. new text end

new text begin The board may resolve any pending complaints
against a licensee before approving an application for emeritus active license status specified
in this section. The board may take action according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.290
against a licensee who has emeritus active license status specified in this section based on
conduct occurring before the emeritus active license status or conduct occurring while the
license is in emeritus active license status.
new text end

Sec. 40.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.080, is amended to read:


148E.080 REACTIVATIONS.

deleted text begin Subdivision 1. deleted text end

deleted text begin Mailing notices to licensees on temporary leave. deleted text end

deleted text begin The board must mail
a notice for reactivation to a licensee on temporary leave at least 45 days before the expiration
date of the license according to section 148E.075, subdivision 1. Mailing the notice by
United States mail to the licensee's last known mailing address constitutes valid mailing.
Failure to receive the reactivation notice does not relieve a licensee of the obligation to
comply with the provisions of this section to reactivate a license.
deleted text end

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Reactivation from temporary leave license status. new text end

new text begin To restore a license from
temporary leave license status to active status, a licensee must do the following within the
time period specified in section 148E.0751, subdivision 2:
new text end

new text begin (1) submit a completed, signed application on a form that the board has provided. For
electronic applications, a "signed application" means providing an attestation that the board
has specified. An application that the applicant has not completed and signed is void. The
board must return the application and any fee to the applicant;
new text end

new text begin (2) document compliance with the continuing education requirements specified in
subdivision 4; and
new text end

new text begin (3) pay the reactivation fee specified in section 148E.180.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Reactivation from deleted text begina temporary leave ordeleted text end emeritus new text begininactive license new text endstatus.

To
deleted text begin reactivatedeleted text endnew text begin restorenew text end a license from deleted text begina temporary leave ordeleted text end emeritus new text begininactive license new text endstatusnew text begin to
active status
new text end, a licensee must do the following within the time period specified in section
deleted text begin 148E.075, subdivisions 1, 1a, and 1bdeleted text endnew text begin 148E.0752, subdivision 2new text end:

(1) deleted text begincomplete an application form specified by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin submit a completed, signed
application on a form that the board has provided. For electronic applications, a "signed
application" means providing an attestation that the board has specified. An application that
the applicant has not completed and signed is void. The board must return the application
and any fee to the applicant
new text end;

(2) document compliance with the continuing education requirements specified in
subdivision 4;new text begin and
new text end

deleted text begin (3) submit a supervision plan, if required;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end pay the reactivation deleted text beginof a licensedeleted text end fee specified in section 148E.180deleted text begin; anddeleted text endnew text begin.
new text end

deleted text begin (5) pay the wall certificate fee according to section 148E.095, subdivision 1, paragraph
(b) or (c), if the licensee needs a duplicate license.
deleted text end

Subd. 3.

Reactivation of an expired license.

To deleted text beginreactivatedeleted text endnew text begin restorenew text end an expired licensenew text begin
to active status
new text end, a licensee must do the following within one year of the expiration date:

(1) deleted text begincomplete an application form specified by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin submit a completed, signed
application on a form that the board has provided. For electronic applications, a "signed
application" means providing an attestation that the board has specified. An application that
the applicant has not completed and signed is void. The board must return the application
and any fee to the applicant
new text end;

(2) document compliance with the continuing education requirements that were in effect
at the timenew text begin thatnew text end the license expired;new text begin and
new text end

deleted text begin (3) document compliance with the supervision requirements, if applicable, that were in
effect at the time the license expired; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end pay the reactivation deleted text beginof an expired licensedeleted text end fee specified in section 148E.180.

Subd. 4.

Continuing education requirements.

(a) new text beginAt the time of reactivation, new text enda licensee
who is on temporary leave new text beginlicense status new text endor who deleted text beginhas andeleted text endnew text begin is onnew text end emeritus new text begininactive new text endlicense new text beginstatus
new text end must new text begindocument compliance with the following continuing education requirements:
new text end

new text begin (1) new text endobtain deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin at least twonew text end continuing education hours deleted text beginthat would be required if the license
was active. At the time of reactivation, the licensee must document compliance with the
continuing education requirements specified in sections 148E.130 to 148E.170.
deleted text endnew text begin in social
work ethics; and
new text end

new text begin (2) complete the board's jurisprudence exam.
new text end

(b) A licensee applying for reactivation according to deleted text beginsubdivision 2 or 3deleted text endnew text begin this sectionnew text end may
apply for deleted text begina variancedeleted text endnew text begin an extensionnew text end to the continuing education requirements according to
deleted text begin sectionsdeleted text endnew text begin sectionnew text end 148E.130 deleted text beginto 148E.170deleted text endnew text begin, subdivision 10new text end.

Subd. 5.

Reactivation of a voluntarily terminated license.

To deleted text beginreactivatedeleted text endnew text begin restorenew text end a
voluntarily terminated licensenew text begin to active statusnew text end, a licensee must do the following within one
year of the date new text beginthat new text endthe voluntary termination takes effect:

(1) deleted text begincomplete an application form specified by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin submit a completed, signed
application on a form that the board has provided. For electronic applications, a "signed
application" means providing an attestation that the board has specified. An application that
the applicant has not completed and signed is void. The board must return the application
and any fee to the applicant
new text end;

(2) document compliance with the continuing education requirements that were in effect
at the time new text beginthat new text endthe license was voluntarily terminated;new text begin and
new text end

deleted text begin (3) document compliance with the supervision requirements, if applicable, that were in
effect at the time the license was voluntarily terminated; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end pay the reactivation deleted text beginof an expired or voluntarily terminated licensedeleted text end fee specified
in section 148E.180.

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Reactivation from emeritus active status. new text end

new text begin To restore a license from emeritus
active license status to active status, a licensee must do the following while the license
remains in emeritus active license status:
new text end

new text begin (1) submit a completed, signed application on a form that the board has provided. For
electronic applications, a "signed application" means providing an attestation that the board
has specified. An application that is not completed and signed is void. The board must return
the application and any fee to the applicant; and
new text end

new text begin (2) pay the reactivation fee specified in section 148E.180.
new text end

Sec. 41.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.085, is amended to read:


148E.085 VOLUNTARY deleted text beginTERMINATIONSdeleted text endnew text begin TERMINATION LICENSE STATUSnew text end.

Subdivision 1.

deleted text beginRequests fordeleted text end Voluntary termination.

(a) A licensee may deleted text beginrequestdeleted text endnew text begin apply
for
new text end voluntary termination of a license if the licensee deleted text begindemonstratesdeleted text endnew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1) submits a completed, signed application on a form that the board has provided. For
electronic applications, a "signed application" means providing an attestation that the board
has specified. An application that the applicant has not completed and signed is void. The
board must return the application to the applicant. No fee is required to voluntarily terminate
a license; and
new text end

new text begin (2) demonstratesnew text end to the satisfaction of the board that the licensee is not engaged in the
practice of social work new text beginas defined in section 148E.010, subdivisions 6 and 11, new text endin any setting
except deleted text beginsettings in which social workers aredeleted text endnew text begin when the individual isnew text end exempt from licensure
according to section 148E.065.

deleted text begin (b) A licensee may apply for voluntary termination:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) at any time by submitting an application; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) as an alternative to applying for the renewal of a license by so recording on the
application for license renewal and submitting the completed, signed application to the
board.
deleted text end

deleted text begin For applications submitted electronically, a "signed application" means providing an
attestation as specified by the board. An application that is not completed and signed must
be returned to the applicant and is void.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) The board may resolve any pending complaints against a licensee before approving
a request for voluntary termination.
deleted text end

new text begin (b) By submitting an application for voluntary termination, an applicant authorizes the
board to:
new text end

new text begin (1) investigate any information provided or requested in the application. The board may
request that the applicant provide additional information, verification, or documentation;
new text end

new text begin (2) determine if the applicant has met the continuing education requirements specified
in section 148E.130; and
new text end

new text begin (3) determine whether the applicant has met the supervision requirements specified in
sections 148E.100 to 148E.125.
new text end

Subd. 2.

deleted text beginApplication for new licensuredeleted text endnew text begin Return to active license statusnew text end.

A licensee
who has voluntarily terminated a licensenew text begin: (1)new text end may deleted text beginnot reactivatedeleted text endnew text begin restorenew text end the license deleted text beginafter
one year following the date the voluntary termination takes effect. However, a licensee who
has voluntarily terminated a license
deleted text endnew text begin according to section 148E.080; or (2)new text end may deleted text beginapplydeleted text endnew text begin reapplynew text end
for a deleted text beginnewdeleted text end license according to section 148E.055.

Subd. 3.

Prohibition on practicenew text begin and representationnew text end.

A licensee who has voluntarily
terminated a licensenew text begin: (1)new text end must notnew text begin use the credentials LSW, LGSW, LISW, or LICSW; and
(2) must not
new text end practice, attempt to practice, offer to practice, or advertise or hold out as
authorized to practice social work, except when the individual is exempt from licensure
according to section 148E.065.

Subd. 4.

Disciplinary or other action.

new text beginThe board may resolve any pending complaints
against a licensee before approving a request for voluntary termination.
new text endThe board may take
action according to sections 148E.255 to deleted text begin148E.270deleted text endnew text begin 148E.290new text end against a licensee deleted text beginwhosedeleted text endnew text begin who
voluntarily terminated their
new text end license deleted text beginhas been terminateddeleted text end based on conduct occurring before
the license deleted text beginisdeleted text end new text beginwas voluntarily new text endterminated deleted text beginor for practicing social work without a licensedeleted text end.

Sec. 42.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.095, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

License wall certificate.

(a) The board must issue a new license wall
certificate when the board issues a new license. No fee in addition to the applicable license
fee specified in section 148E.180 is required.

(b) deleted text beginThe board must replace a license wall certificate whendeleted text endnew text begin To request a duplicate license
wall certificate, the licensee must
new text end:

(1) deleted text begina licensee submits an affidavit to the board that the original license wall certificate
was lost, stolen, or destroyed
deleted text endnew text begin submit a request for another license wall certificate in writingnew text end;
and

(2) deleted text beginthe licensee submitsdeleted text endnew text begin submitnew text end the license wall certificate fee specified in section
148E.180.

deleted text begin (c) The board must issue a revised license wall certificate when:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) a licensee requests a revised license wall certificate according to this section; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) a licensee submits the license wall certificate fee specified in section 148E.180.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (d) The board must issue an additional license wall certificate when:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) a licensee submits a written request for a new certificate because the licensee practices
in more than one location; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) the licensee submits the license wall certificate fee specified in section 148E.180.
deleted text end

Sec. 43.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.130, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Total clock hours required.

new text begin(a) A licensee must complete 40 hours of
continuing education for each two-year renewal term.
new text endAt the time of license renewal, a
licensee must provide evidence satisfactory to the board that the licensee hasdeleted text begin, during the
renewal term, completed at least 40 clock hours of
deleted text endnew text begin completed the requirednew text end continuing
educationnew text begin hours during the previous renewal termnew text end.new text begin Of the total clock hours required:
new text end

new text begin (1) all licensees must complete two hours in social work ethics as defined in section
148E.010;
new text end

new text begin (2) licensed independent clinical social workers must complete 12 clock hours in one
or more of the clinical content areas specified in section 148E.055, subdivision 5, paragraph
(a), clause (2);
new text end

new text begin (3) licensees providing licensing supervision according to sections 148E.100 to 148E.125,
must complete six clock hours in supervision as defined in section 148E.010; and
new text end

new text begin (4) no more than half of the required clock hours may be completed via continuing
education independent learning as defined in section 148E.010.
new text end

new text begin (b) If the licensee's renewal term is prorated to be less or more than 24 months, the total
number of required clock hours is prorated proportionately.
new text end

Sec. 44.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.130, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Acceptable content. new text end

new text begin The continuing education must:
new text end

new text begin (1) promote the standards of practice described in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240; and
new text end

new text begin (2) contribute to the practice of social work as defined in section 148E.010.
new text end

Sec. 45.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.130, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Acceptable continuing education activities. new text end

new text begin (a) A continuing education activity
must be one of the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) academic coursework at an institution of higher learning. One credit of coursework
in a semester-based academic institution is the equivalent of 15 clock hours;
new text end

new text begin (2) educational workshops, seminars, conferences, or live webinars;
new text end

new text begin (3) staff training from an employer; or
new text end

new text begin (4) continuing education independent learning as defined in section 148E.010.
new text end

new text begin (b) A continuing education activity automatically meets the requirements of this section
if the licensee completes it through:
new text end

new text begin (1) a board-approved continuing education provider;
new text end

new text begin (2) a continuing education provider or program approved by the Association of Social
Work Boards or a similar examination body that the board has designated; or
new text end

new text begin (3) a continuing education program approved by the National Association of Social
Workers.
new text end

new text begin (c) The board does not require providers and programs to be preapproved, but the
continuing education activity must meet the requirements specified in this section.
new text end

Sec. 46.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.130, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Extension. new text end

new text begin At the time of renewal, the board may grant a onetime extension
to complete the required clock hours when a licensee is unable to comply with this section.
new text end

Sec. 47.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.130, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Records retention; licensees. new text end

new text begin For one year following the expiration date of
a license, the licensee must maintain documentation of clock hours earned during the previous
renewal term. The documentation must include the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) for educational workshops, seminars, conferences, or live webinars, documentation
of attendance issued by the presenter or sponsor must include the:
new text end

new text begin (i) name of the sponsor;
new text end

new text begin (ii) title and date of the activity;
new text end

new text begin (iii) number of clock hours; and
new text end

new text begin (iv) names of the presenters;
new text end

new text begin (2) for academic coursework at an institution of higher learning, a transcript must include
the:
new text end

new text begin (i) name of the institution;
new text end

new text begin (ii) title of the course;
new text end

new text begin (iii) dates of the course; and
new text end

new text begin (iv) number of credits completed or audited;
new text end

new text begin (3) for an employer's staff training, an employer's documentation of attendance must
include the:
new text end

new text begin (i) name of the employer;
new text end

new text begin (ii) title of the training;
new text end

new text begin (iii) date of the training; and
new text end

new text begin (iv) number of clock hours completed; and
new text end

new text begin (4) for continuing education independent learning, a written summary of the activity
conducted must include the:
new text end

new text begin (i) topics covered;
new text end

new text begin (ii) applicability of the activity to the licensee's social work practice;
new text end

new text begin (iii) titles and authors or presenters of materials reviewed;
new text end

new text begin (iv) dates the licensee conducted the activity; and
new text end

new text begin (v) number of clock hours completed.
new text end

Sec. 48.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.130, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Audits. new text end

new text begin (a) The board may audit licensees at the time of license renewal or
reactivation to determine the licensee's compliance with the requirements of this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) When the board audits a licensee, the licensee must provide the documentation
specified in subdivision 11.
new text end

Sec. 49.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 148E.145, is amended to read:


148E.145 CONTINUING EDUCATION PROVIDERS deleted text beginAPPROVED BY BOARDdeleted text end.

Subdivision 1.

Board approval.

(a) deleted text beginThe board must approve a continuing education
provider who
deleted text endnew text begin For the board to approve a continuing education provider, the provider mustnew text end:

(1) deleted text beginsubmitsdeleted text endnew text begin submitnew text end a completed application deleted text beginto the board which provides the information
required by subdivision 2 and which meets the criteria specified in subdivision 3; and
deleted text endnew text begin form
that the board has provided;
new text end

new text begin (2) agree to comply with the requirements of this section;
new text end

new text begin (3) submit a signed statement that indicates that the provider agrees to provide
documentation of attendance that meets the requirements of section 148E.130, subdivision
11, to each participant in the provider's program; and
new text end

deleted text begin (2) paysdeleted text endnew text begin (4) paynew text end the new text begincontinuing education new text endprovider fee specified in section 148E.180.

(b) An approval is valid for deleted text beginprograms offered no later thandeleted text end one year from the date new text beginthat
the board receives
new text endthe application deleted text beginis approved by the boarddeleted text endnew text begin and feenew text end.

new text begin (c) During the one-year period, an approved provider may provide no more than the
number of clock hours for which the provider has applied as specified in section 148E.180,
subdivision 4. If the provider wishes to offer additional clock hours during the one-year
period, the provider must submit another application and fee to the board.
new text end

deleted text begin Subd. 2. deleted text end

deleted text begin Information required. deleted text end

deleted text begin The information that must be provided to the board
includes, but is not limited to, the following:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) the name of the continuing education provider;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) the address, telephone number, and e-mail address of a contact person for the provider;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) a signed statement that indicates the provider understands and agrees to abide by the
criteria specified in subdivision 3; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4) a signed statement that indicates the provider agrees to furnish a certificate of
attendance to each participant in a program offered by the provider.
deleted text end

Subd. 3.

deleted text beginCriteria for programsdeleted text endnew text begin Continuing education activity requirementsnew text end.

(a) deleted text beginA
continuing education provider must employ the following criteria in determining whether
to offer a continuing education program
deleted text endnew text begin An approved provider must ensure that all continuing
education activities
new text end:

(1) deleted text beginwhether the material to be presented willdeleted text end promote the standards of practice described
in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240;

(2) deleted text beginwhether the material to be presented willdeleted text end contribute to the practice of social work as
defined in section 148E.010;new text begin and
new text end

(3) deleted text beginwhether the material to be presented is intended for the benefit of practicing social
workers; and
deleted text endnew text begin are presented by individuals with expertise in the material or content.
new text end

deleted text begin (4) whether the persons presenting the program are qualified in the subject matter being
presented.
deleted text end

(b) deleted text beginThe material presented must not be primarily procedural or primarily oriented towards
business practices or self-development.
deleted text endnew text begin An approved provider must provide documentation
of completion to each participant that includes the information required by section 148E.130,
subdivision 11.
new text end

deleted text begin Subd. 4. deleted text end

deleted text begin Audits. deleted text end

deleted text begin (a) The board may audit programs offered by a continuing education
provider approved by the board to determine compliance with the requirements of this
section.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (b) A continuing education provider audited by the board must provide the documentation
specified in subdivision 5.
deleted text end

Subd. 5.

Records retentiondeleted text begin; continuing education providersdeleted text end.

new text beginAn approved provider
must maintain the following information
new text endfor three years following the end of each program
deleted text begin offered by a continuing education provider, the provider must maintain the following
information
deleted text endnew text begin activitynew text end:

(1) thenew text begin program'snew text end title deleted text beginof the programdeleted text end;

(2) a description of the new text beginprogram's new text endcontent and objectives deleted text beginof the programdeleted text end;

(3) thenew text begin program'snew text end date deleted text beginof the programdeleted text end;

(4) the new text beginprogram's new text endnumber of clock hours deleted text begincredited for participation in the programdeleted text end;

(5) deleted text beginthe program locationdeleted text endnew text begin whether the activity was presented as a live interactive activity
or continuing education independent learning
new text end;

(6) the names and qualifications of the deleted text beginprimarydeleted text end new text beginprogram's new text endpresenters;new text begin and
new text end

deleted text begin (7) a description of the primary audience the program was designed for; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (8)deleted text endnew text begin (7)new text end a list of the deleted text beginparticipants in the programdeleted text endnew text begin program's attendeesnew text end.

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Audits. new text end

new text begin (a) The board may audit an approved provider to determine compliance
with the requirements of this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) An approved provider audited by the board must provide the documentation specified
in subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Revocation. new text end

new text begin The board may revoke approval of an approved provider if the
board determines the provider failed to meet the requirements of this section.
new text end

Sec. 50. new text beginREPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 148E.045; 148E.055, subdivisions 7 and 8; 148E.060,
subdivisions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 13; 148E.075, subdivisions 1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, and
8; 148E.095, subdivision 2; 148E.130, subdivisions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7; 148E.135; 148E.140;
148E.150; 148E.155; 148E.160; 148E.165; and 148E.170,
new text end new text begin are repealed.
new text end

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 20-5630

148E.045 CONTESTED CASE HEARING.

An applicant or a licensee who is the subject of a disciplinary or adversarial action by the board according to this chapter may request a contested case hearing under sections 14.57 to 14.62. An applicant or a licensee who desires to request a contested case hearing must submit a written request to the board within 90 days after the date on which the board mailed the notification of the adverse action, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

148E.055 LICENSE REQUIREMENTS.

Subd. 7.

Licensure by endorsement.

(a) An applicant for licensure by endorsement must hold a current license or credential to practice social work in another jurisdiction.

(b) An applicant for licensure by endorsement who meets the qualifications of paragraph (a) and who demonstrates to the satisfaction of the board that the applicant passed the examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board for the applicable license in Minnesota is not required to retake the licensing examination.

(c) An application for licensure by endorsement must meet the applicable license requirements specified in subdivisions 1 to 6, except as provided in paragraph (d), and submit the licensure by endorsement application fee specified in section 148E.180.

(d) The following requirements apply:

(1) An applicant for licensure by endorsement who is applying for licensure as a licensed social worker must meet the requirements specified in subdivision 2.

(2) An applicant for licensure by endorsement who is applying for licensure as a licensed graduate social worker must meet the requirements specified in subdivision 3.

(3) An applicant for licensure by endorsement who is applying for licensure as a licensed independent social worker is not required to demonstrate that the applicant has obtained 100 hours of supervision as specified in section 148E.110, subdivision 1, provided that the applicant has engaged in authorized social work practice for a minimum of 4,000 hours in another jurisdiction.

(4) An applicant for licensure by endorsement as a licensed independent clinical social worker (i) is not required to meet the license requirements specified in subdivision 5, paragraph (a), clause (2), and (ii) is not required to demonstrate that the applicant has obtained 200 hours of supervision as specified in section 148E.115, subdivision 1, provided that the applicant has engaged in authorized clinical social work practice for a minimum of 4,000 hours in another jurisdiction.

Subd. 8.

Criminal background checks.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), an initial license application must be accompanied by:

(1) a form provided by the board authorizing the board to complete a criminal background check; and

(2) the criminal background check fee specified by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Criminal background check fees collected by the board must be used to reimburse the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for the criminal background checks.

(b) An applicant who has previously submitted a license application authorizing the board to complete a criminal background check is exempt from the requirement specified in paragraph (a).

(c) If a criminal background check indicates that an applicant has engaged in criminal behavior, the board may take action according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270.

148E.060 TEMPORARY LICENSES.

Subd. 3.

Teachers.

(a) The board may issue a temporary license to practice social work to an applicant whose permanent residence is outside the United States, who is teaching social work at an academic institution in Minnesota for a period not to exceed 12 months, who may or may not have applied for a license under section 148E.055, and who has:

(1) applied for a temporary license on a form provided by the board;

(2) submitted a form provided by the board authorizing the board to complete a criminal background check;

(3) attested on a form provided by the board that the applicant has completed the requirements for a baccalaureate or graduate degree in social work; and

(4) has not engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the standards of practice specified in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240. If the applicant has engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the standards of practice, the board may take action according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270.

(b) A temporary license issued under this subdivision expires after 12 months.

Subd. 4.

Temporary license application fee.

An applicant for a temporary license must pay the application fee specified in section 148E.180 plus the required fee for the cost of the criminal background check. Only one fee for the cost of the criminal background check must be submitted when the applicant is applying for both a temporary license and a license under section 148E.055.

Subd. 5.

Temporary license term.

A temporary license is valid until expiration, or until the board issues or denies the license according to section 148E.055, or until the board revokes the temporary license, whichever comes first. A temporary license is nonrenewable.

Subd. 6.

Licensee with temporary license; baccalaureate degree.

A licensee with a temporary license who has provided evidence to the board that the licensee has completed the requirements for a baccalaureate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or a similar accreditation body designated by the board may temporarily engage in social work practice except that a licensee with a temporary license may not engage in clinical social work practice.

Subd. 7.

Licensee with temporary license; graduate degree.

A licensee with a temporary license who has provided evidence to the board that the licensee has completed the requirements for a graduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or a similar accreditation body designated by the board may temporarily engage in social work practice, including clinical practice.

Subd. 8.

Supervision requirements.

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), an applicant who is not currently licensed or credentialed to practice social work in another jurisdiction and who obtains a temporary license may practice social work only under the supervision of an individual licensed as a social worker who is eligible to provide supervision under sections 148E.100 to 148E.125. Before the applicant is approved for licensure, the applicant's supervisor must attest to the board's satisfaction that the applicant has practiced social work under supervision. This supervision applies toward the supervision required after licensure.

(b) If an applicant is currently licensed or credentialed to practice social work in another jurisdiction, and receives a temporary license according to subdivision 3, the requirements specified in paragraph (a) do not apply. However, if an applicant with a temporary license chooses to practice social work under supervision, the supervision applies to the requirements specified in sections 148E.100 to 148E.125.

Subd. 9.

Prohibition on practice.

An applicant for a temporary license must not practice social work in Minnesota, except as provided in section 148E.065, until the applicant has been granted a temporary license.

Subd. 10.

Representation of professional status.

In making representations of professional status to the public, a licensee with a temporary license must state that the licensee has a temporary license.

Subd. 11.

Standards of practice.

A licensee with a temporary license must conduct all professional activities as a social worker according to the requirements of sections 148E.195 to 148E.240.

Subd. 13.

Revocation of temporary license.

The board may immediately revoke the temporary license of any licensee who violates any requirements of this section. The revocation must be made for cause, without notice or opportunity to be heard. A licensee whose temporary license is revoked must immediately return the temporary license to the board.

148E.075 ALTERNATE LICENSES.

Subdivision 1.

Temporary leave license.

(a) A licensee qualifies for temporary leave from active practice if the licensee demonstrates to the satisfaction of the board that the licensee is not engaged in the practice of social work in any setting, including settings in which social workers are exempt from licensure according to section 148E.065. A licensee who is granted temporary leave from active practice may reactivate the license according to section 148E.080.

(b) A licensee may maintain a temporary leave license for no more than four consecutive years.

(c) A licensee who is granted temporary leave from active practice may reactivate the license according to section 148E.080. If a licensee does not apply for reactivation within 60 days following the end of the consecutive four-year period, the license automatically expires. An individual with an expired license may apply for new licensure according to section 148E.055.

(d) Except as provided in paragraph (e), a licensee who holds a temporary leave license must not practice, attempt to practice, offer to practice, or advertise or hold out as authorized to practice social work.

(e) The board may grant a variance to the requirements of paragraph (d) if a licensee on temporary leave license provides emergency social work services. A variance is granted only if the board provides the variance in writing to the licensee. The board may impose conditions or restrictions on the variance.

(f) In making representations of professional status to the public, when holding a temporary leave license, a licensee must state that the license is not active and that the licensee cannot practice social work.

Subd. 1a.

Emeritus inactive license.

(a) A licensee qualifies for an emeritus inactive license if the licensee demonstrates to the satisfaction of the board that the licensee is:

(1) retired from social work practice; and

(2) not engaged in the practice of social work in any setting, including settings in which social workers are exempt from licensure according to section 148E.065.

(b) A licensee with an emeritus inactive license may apply for reactivation according to section 148E.080 only during the four years following the granting of the emeritus inactive license. However, after four years following the granting of the emeritus inactive license, an individual may apply for new licensure according to section 148E.055.

(c) Except as provided in paragraph (d), a licensee who holds an emeritus inactive license must not practice, attempt to practice, offer to practice, or advertise or hold out as authorized to practice social work.

(d) The board may grant a variance to the requirements of paragraph (c) if a licensee on emeritus inactive license provides emergency social work services. A variance is granted only if the board provides the variance in writing to the licensee. The board may impose conditions or restrictions on the variance.

(e) In making representations of professional status to the public, when holding an emeritus inactive license, a licensee must state that the license is not active and that the licensee cannot practice social work.

Subd. 1b.

Emeritus active license.

(a) A licensee qualifies for an emeritus active license if the applicant demonstrates to the satisfaction of the board that the licensee is:

(1) retired from social work practice; and

(2) in compliance with the supervised practice requirements, as applicable, under sections 148E.100 to 148E.125.

(b) A licensee who is issued an emeritus active license is only authorized to engage in:

(1) pro bono or unpaid social work practice as specified in section 148E.010, subdivisions 6 and 11; or

(2) paid social work practice not to exceed 240 clock hours per calendar year, for the exclusive purpose to provide licensing supervision as specified in sections 148E.100 to 148E.125; and

(3) the authorized scope of practice specified in section 148E.050.

(c) An emeritus active license must be renewed according to the requirements specified in section 148E.070, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

(d) At the time of license renewal a licensee must provide evidence satisfactory to the board that the licensee has, during the renewal term, completed 20 clock hours of continuing education, including at least two clock hours in ethics, as specified in section 148E.130:

(1) for licensed independent clinical social workers, at least 12 clock hours must be in the clinical content areas specified in section 148E.055, subdivision 5; and

(2) for social workers providing supervision according to sections 148E.100 to 148E.125, at least three clock hours must be in the practice of supervision.

(e) Independent study hours must not consist of more than eight clock hours of continuing education per renewal term.

(f) Failure to renew an active emeritus license on the expiration date will result in an expired license as specified in section 148E.070, subdivision 5.

(g) The board may grant a variance to the requirements of paragraph (b) if a licensee holding an emeritus active license provides emergency social work services. A variance is granted only if the board provides the variance in writing to the licensee. The board may impose conditions or restrictions on the variance.

(h) In making representations of professional status to the public, when holding an emeritus active license, a licensee must state that an emeritus active license authorizes only pro bono or unpaid social work practice, or paid social work practice not to exceed 240 clock hours per calendar year, for the exclusive purpose to provide licensing supervision as specified in sections 148E.100 to 148E.125.

(i) Notwithstanding the time limit and emeritus active license renewal requirements specified in this section, a licensee who possesses an emeritus active license may reactivate the license according to section 148E.080 or apply for new licensure according to section 148E.055.

Subd. 2.

Application.

A licensee may apply for temporary leave license, emeritus inactive license, or emeritus active license:

(1) at any time when currently licensed under section 148E.055, 148E.0555, 148E.0556, or 148E.0557, or when licensed as specified in this section, by submitting an application form required by the board; or

(2) as an alternative to applying for the renewal of a license by so recording on the application form required by the board and submitting the completed, signed application to the board.

An application that is not completed or signed, or that is not accompanied by the correct fee, must be returned to the applicant, along with any fee submitted, and is void. For applications submitted electronically, a "signed application" means providing an attestation as specified by the board.

Subd. 3.

Fee.

(a) Regardless of when the application for temporary leave license or emeritus inactive license is submitted, the temporary leave license or emeritus inactive license fee specified in section 148E.180, whichever is applicable, must accompany the application. A licensee who is approved for temporary leave license or emeritus inactive license before the license expiration date is not entitled to receive a refund for any portion of the license or renewal fee.

(b) If an application for temporary leave or emeritus active license is received after the license expiration date, the licensee must pay a renewal late fee as specified in section 148E.180 in addition to the temporary leave fee.

(c) Regardless of when the application for emeritus active license is submitted, the emeritus active license fee is one-half of the renewal fee for the applicable license specified in section 148E.180, subdivision 3, and must accompany the application. A licensee who is approved for emeritus active license before the license expiration date is not entitled to receive a refund for any portion of the license or renewal fee.

Subd. 8.

Disciplinary or other action.

The board may resolve any pending complaints against a licensee before approving an application for an alternate license specified in this section. The board may take action according to sections 148E.255 to 148E.270 against a licensee who is issued an alternate license specified in this section based on conduct occurring before the license is inactive or conduct occurring while the license is effective.

148E.095 LICENSE CERTIFICATE OR CARD.

Subd. 2.

License card.

(a) The board must issue a new license card when the board issues a new license. No fee in addition to the applicable license fee specified in section 148E.180 is required.

(b) The board must replace a license card when a licensee submits:

(1) an affidavit to the board that the original license card was lost, stolen, or destroyed; and

(2) the license card fee specified in section 148E.180.

(c) The board must issue a revised license card when the licensee submits a written request for a new license wall certificate because of a new professional or legal name according to section 148E.090, subdivision 2 or 3. No fee in addition to the one specified in subdivision 1, paragraph (b), is required.

148E.130 CLOCK HOURS REQUIRED.

Subd. 2.

Ethics requirement.

At least two of the clock hours required under subdivision 1 must be in social work ethics, including at least one of the following:

(1) the history and evolution of values and ethics in social work;

(2) ethics theories;

(3) professional standards of social work practice, as specified in the ethical codes of the National Association of Social Workers, the Association of Canadian Social Workers, the Clinical Social Work Federation, and the Council on Social Work Education;

(4) the legal requirements and other considerations for each jurisdiction that registers, certifies, or licenses social workers; or

(5) the ethical decision-making process.

Subd. 3.

Requirement for LICSW's.

For licensed independent clinical social workers, at least 24 of the clock hours required under subdivision 1 must be in the clinical content areas specified in section 148E.055, subdivision 5.

Subd. 4.

Requirement for supervisors.

For social workers providing supervision according to sections 148E.100 to 148E.125, at least six of the clock hours required under subdivision 1 must be in the practice of supervision.

Subd. 5.

Independent study.

Independent study must not consist of more than 15 clock hours of continuing education per renewal term. Independent study must be for publication, public presentation, or professional development. Independent study includes, but is not limited to, electronic study. For purposes of subdivision 4, independent study includes consultation or training regarding supervision with a licensed professional who has demonstrated supervisory skills.

Subd. 6.

Coursework.

One credit of coursework in a semester-based academic institution is the equivalent of 15 clock hours.

Subd. 7.

Prorated renewal term.

If the licensee's renewal term is prorated to be less or more than 24 months, the required number of continuing education clock hours is prorated proportionately.

148E.135 APPROVAL OF CLOCK HOURS.

Subdivision 1.

Ways of approving clock hours.

The clock hours required under section 148E.130 must be approved in one or more of the following ways:

(1) the hours must be offered by a continuing education provider approved by the board;

(2) the hours must be offered by a continuing education provider approved by the Association of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board;

(3) the hours must be earned through a continuing education program approved by the National Association of Social Workers; or

(4) the hours must be earned through a continuing education program approved by the board.

Subd. 2.

Preapproval not required.

Providers and programs are not required to be preapproved but must meet the requirements specified in this section.

148E.140 VARIANCES.

The board may grant a variance to the continuing education requirements specified in section 148E.130, when a licensee demonstrates to the satisfaction of the board that the licensee is unable to complete the required number of clock hours during the renewal term. The board may allow a licensee to complete the required number of clock hours within a time frame specified by the board. The board must not allow a licensee to complete less than the required number of clock hours.

148E.150 APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION PROVIDERS.

In order to receive credit for a program offered by a continuing education provider approved by the Association of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board, the provider must be listed on the Association of Social Work Boards website as a provider currently approved by the Association of Social Work Boards or a similar examination body designated by the board.

148E.155 APPROVED CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS.

In order to receive credit for a program approved by the National Association of Social Workers, the program must be listed on the National Association of Social Workers website as a program currently approved by the National Association of Social Workers.

148E.160 CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS APPROVED BY BOARD.

Subdivision 1.

Required program content.

In order to be approved by the board, a continuing education program must:

(1) promote the standards of practice described in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240;

(2) contribute to the practice of social work as defined in section 148E.010; and

(3) not be primarily procedural or be primarily oriented towards business practices or self-development.

Subd. 2.

Types of continuing education programs.

In order to be approved by the board, a continuing education program must be one of the following: academic coursework offered by an institution of higher learning; educational workshops, seminars, or conferences offered by an organization or individual; staff training offered by a public or private employer; or independent study.

148E.165 CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS OF LICENSEES.

Subdivision 1.

Records retention; licensees.

For one year following the expiration date of a license, the licensee must maintain documentation of clock hours earned during the previous renewal term. The documentation must include the following:

(1) for educational workshops or seminars offered by an organization or at a conference, a copy of the certificate of attendance issued by the presenter or sponsor giving the following information:

(i) the name of the sponsor or presenter of the program;

(ii) the title of the workshop or seminar;

(iii) the dates the licensee participated in the program; and

(iv) the number of clock hours completed;

(2) for academic coursework offered by an institution of higher learning, a copy of a transcript giving the following information:

(i) the name of the institution offering the course;

(ii) the title of the course;

(iii) the dates the licensee participated in the course; and

(iv) the number of credits completed;

(3) for staff training offered by public or private employers, a copy of the certificate of attendance issued by the employer giving the following information:

(i) the name of the employer;

(ii) the title of the staff training;

(iii) the dates the licensee participated in the program; and

(iv) the number of clock hours completed; and

(4) for independent study, including electronic study, or consultation or training regarding supervision, a written summary of the activity conducted, including the following information:

(i) the topics covered;

(ii) a description of the applicability of the activity to the licensee's authorized scope of practice;

(iii) the titles and authors of books and articles consulted or the name of the organization offering the activity, or the name and title of the licensed professional consulted regarding supervision;

(iv) the dates the licensee conducted the activity; and

(v) the number of clock hours the licensee conducted the activity.

Subd. 2.

Audits.

The board may audit license renewal and reactivation applications to determine compliance with the requirements of sections 148E.130 to 148E.170. A licensee audited by the board must provide the documentation specified in subdivision 1 regardless of whether the provider or program has been approved by the board, the Association of Social Work Boards, or a similar examination body designated by the board, or the National Association of Social Workers.

148E.170 REVOCATION OF CONTINUING EDUCATION APPROVALS.

The board may revoke approval of a provider or a program offered by a provider, or an individual program approved by the board, if the board determines subsequent to the approval that the provider or program failed to meet the requirements of sections 148E.130 to 148E.170.