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148B.27 Prohibition against unlicensed practice or use of titles; penalty.

Subdivision 1. Practice. No individual shall engage in social work practice unless that individual holds a valid temporary license or a license as a licensed social worker, licensed graduate social worker, licensed independent social worker, or licensed independent clinical social worker.

Subd. 2. Use of titles. No individual shall be presented to the public by any title incorporating the words "social work" or "social worker" unless that individual holds a valid temporary license or a license issued under sections 148B.18 to 148B.289. City, county, and state agency social workers who are not licensed under sections 148B.18 to 148B.289 may use only the title city agency social worker or county agency social worker or state agency social worker.

Subd. 2a. Jurisdiction. Nothing in sections 148B.60 to 148B.71 shall prohibit the board from taking disciplinary or other action that the board is authorized to take against either a licensee who is found to be practicing outside the scope of the license or a person who is found to be engaging in the unauthorized practice of social work.

Subd. 2b. Use of hospital social worker title. Individuals employed as social workers on June 30, 1996, by a hospital licensed under chapter 144 who do not qualify for licensure under section 148B.21, may use the title "hospital social worker" for as long as they continue to be employed by a hospital licensed under chapter 144.

Subd. 3. Penalty. A person who violates sections 148B.21 to 148B.289 is guilty of a misdemeanor.

HIST: 1987 c 347 art 2 s 10; 1989 c 282 art 2 s 41; 1993 c 240 s 14; 1994 c 465 art 2 s 1; 1995 c 63 s 4,5; 1997 c 193 s 33,34,47; 1998 c 254 art 1 s 53; 2003 c 111 s 11,12