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Henrico Virginia 23233-1463

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Prescription Drug Take Back

Drug Takeback Day April 29 2017 April 29th marks the 12th annual drug takeback day in Virginia. Safely dispose of your expired or unused prescriptions in a safe, convenient, and responsible way at a drug takeback location near you.

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    Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia

    On November 21, 2016 Governor McAuliffe issued a News Release stating that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine has declared Virginia’s opioid abuse crisis a Public Health Emergency in the Commonwealth.

    Visit the Virginia Department of Health for more information.
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    2017 Spring Break Zika Awareness Toolkit

    Image of Asian tiger mosquito. Zika. www.ZikaVA.orgPrimarily a mosquito borne disease, the Zika virus is most impactful in warmer seasons when illness can be transmitted by insects carrying the virus from one person to another. Maintaining a keen awareness for the transmission and treatment of Zika virus infection is an imperative for healthcare practitioners.

    Along with their Zika Virus information page, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) now offers a Spring Break Toolkit featuring printable infographics and online resources to help Virginians spread Zika awareness on social media.



    Going Green for 2018 Renewals

    Beginning with the June 30, 2018 renewal, the Virginia Board of Social Work will implement an initiative to “Go Green” to reduce the number of paper renewal notices mailed by the Board. PAPER RENEWAL NOTICES WILL NO LONGER BE MAILED BY THE BOARD. Email renewal notices will be sent to all licensees at least 45 days prior to the renewal deadline. Please ensure that your email and mailing address remains up-to-date through Online Licensing or the Name/Address Change form.

    Application Information

    Notice: Applications are typically processed within 30 days of the receipt of a complete file. Due to the increasing volume of applications and related calls, status inquiries by telephone or email for applications that were received in less than 30 days will not be returned. Please refer to your online application checklist to ensure that all items have been received. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

    Please review the Frequently Asked Questions and Licensure Process Handbook prior to contacting the Board office. You are also encouraged to email any questions to Board staff will respond to all messages as soon as possible. Thank you for understanding and cooperation as we focus on ensuring complete applications continue to be processed within 30 days.

    New Regulations for the Practice of Social Work Effective August 12, 2016

    The Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work have been updated effective August 12, 2016 and are available under “Laws and Regulations.”

    Renewal Explanation for 2015 Regulation Changes

      2017 Renewal 2018 Renewal 2019 Renewal 2020 Renewal
    Licensed Clinical
    Social Worker (LCSW)
    $90.00 30 hours of CE from 07/01/2015 to 06/30/2017 $90.00 15 hours of CE from 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2018 $90.00 No CE required to renew license $90.00 30 hours of CE from 07/01/2018 to 06/30/2020
    Social Worker (LSW)
    $65.00 15 hours of CE from 07/01/2015 to 06/30/2017 $65.00 7.5 hours of CE from 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2018 $65.00 No CE required to renew license $65.00 15 hours of CE from 07/01/2018 to 06/30/2020
    Registered Social Worker $10.00 N/A $10.00 N/A $10.00 N/A $10.00 N/A
    Associate Social Worker $10.00 N/A $10.00 N/A $10.00 N/A $10.00 N/A



    If you work in a non-exempt setting, you are required to be licensed at the appropriate level or under board approved supervision in order to provide social work services to clients in Virginia in accordance with § 54.1-3701 of the Code of Virginia. For a list of exemptions from licensure, please review the Laws Governing Social Work by clicking here.

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    Applications & Forms

    Download Applications and Instructions available from the Board of Social Work.

    Regulated Professions

    The following professions are regulated by the Board of Social Work.

    Laws & Regulations

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    Laws and Regulations Governing Social Work

    Guidance Documents

    View and download the list of available guidance documents from the Board of Social Work. These documents provide information or guidance to the public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations.

    Board Members, Meetings and Minutes

    Board of Social Work Calendar of upcoming Board meetings and minutes from past Board meetings.  View the current Members of the Board.

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