State Board of Social Work Examiners: News
- Board Work Group Meeting - Dec. 5
- Changes to Exam Pre-Approval Process
- New Toolkit Available from Colorado Crisis Services
- HB17-1011 Implementation
- New Streamlined Applications
- Important Legislation Signed by Governor
- Changes to CPD Requirements
- Peer Assistance Services
The Board Member Work Group that is working on revisions to the Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids will meet to review stakeholder feedback and make necessary revisions to the proposed draft. This meeting is open to the public and the agenda will include a public comment period.
- Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 4 p.m. MST
- Download the official notice and Draft Policy.
Two Ways to Participate
- In Person: Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Conference Room 1250 C, Denver, CO 80202.
- By Webinar: Register at the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3020151020581800706.
Prior Stakeholder Meeting Recordings Available
The Division of Professions and Occupations hosted two stakeholder meetings on October 27 and November 14 in Denver to discuss potential updates to the Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids.
- Listen to the recording of the August 30 Stakeholder Meeting.
- Listen to the recording of the October 27 Stakeholder Meeting.
- Listen to the recording of the November 14 Stakeholder Meeting.
These forums follow four previous Community Meetings held in Pueblo, Greeley and Denver over the past year.
Effective November 1, 2017, the Division of Professions and Occupations (Division) at the Department of Regulatory Agencies will no longer pre-approve candidates for the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) examinations, except for foreign trained candidates.
Applicants wishing to take the examination should contact ASWB directly and may register for the exam at www.aswb.org/colorado on or after November 1, 2017. Applicants seeking a Colorado social work license must pass the appropriate examination through ASWB before submitting an application for licensure to the Division.
Please send questions to www.aswb.org/about/contact.
Colorado Crisis Services is Colorado’s first statewide resource for mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. It was formed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, to strengthen Colorado’s mental health system by providing greater access to mental health services, and ensuring Coloradans get the right services in the right locations at the right time. A new toolkit is available to help the many organizations and mental health professionals that work with Colorado Crisis Services. The toolkit provides links to branding graphics and consistent messaging for public information related to Colorado Crisis Services.
On March 16, 2017, Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 17-1011 Statute of Limitation Discipline Mental Health Professional. The bill went into effect July 1, 2017. Currently, mental health professionals are required to maintain client records for a period of seven years from the date of termination of services. This new state law requires mental health professionals to notify former clients that records may not be maintained after seven years. This notice must be provided to the client in writing no later than 180 days after the end of the client's treatment. The notice may be included with the disclosures provided during the initial client contact or sent to the client's last known address.
In addition, any complaint filed with the Division of Professions and Occupations in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) against a mental health professional alleging a maintenance of records violation must be made within seven years after the former client discovered or reasonably should have discovered the violation. The applicable board in the Division of Professions and Occupations must either take disciplinary action on the complaint or dismiss the complaint within two years.
We hope this clarifies this new requirement pertaining to client records. If you have any questions, please send them to email@example.com.
We are excited to announce several changes that will streamline the application process for new graduates and those who may be applying for additional credentials.
First, the new candidate applications are now online and may be utilized immediately by students that have completed a degree but not yet graduated. These include:
- psychologist candidate (PSYC)
- licensed professional counsel candidate (LPCC)
- marriage and family therapist candidate (MFTC)
- licensed social worker (LSW)
These revised applications reflect the changes due to House Bill 16-1103 Licensure Pathways for Mental Health Workforce. The new law clarifies that graduates must “have completed” their degrees (rather than "hold") in order to fulfill the educational requirements for licensure. This change will expedite the licensure process significantly. Often times, new graduates do not receive, or “hold” their actual degree certificate for many weeks after graduation. As a result, they must wait to apply, even if they have a job offer.
Now, any applicants who are awaiting graduation, but have completed all of their program requirements, may have their school complete the Certification of Master's or Doctoral Education form rather than provide a transcript. Once completed, the form can be uploaded as part of your application.
For LPCC, MFTC and PSYC, there is no test required, so, providing this form and meeting the rest of the qualifications is all that is needed for a candidate permit. LSWs must pass the Association of Social Work Boards Exam. Therefore, applicants who have not graduated, but want to begin accruing hours, can use the Certification of Master's Education form to apply to take the test for licensure.
On April 15, 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 16-1103 Concerning Clarifying License Pathways for the Mental Health Professional Workforce. Effective January 1, 2017, the new law will affect psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and any other individual who is actively working toward mental health licensure and is enrolled in a professional training program at an approved school. DORA supported the bill as part of its ongoing initiative to streamline the application process, reduce regulatory burden, and move qualified professionals into the workforce more quickly to increase access to mental health services.
The bill has two key components:
- Clarifies that graduates must “have completed” their degrees (rather than "hold") in order to fulfill the educational requirements for licensure. This change will expedite the licensure process significantly. Often times, new graduates do not receive, or “hold” their actual degree certificate for many weeks after graduation. As a result, they must wait to apply, even if they have a job offer. With this change, applications can be submitted with an unofficial transcript or a letter from the academic program as soon as an applicant completes a graduate program.
- Clarifies the recommended pathway a student should take for licensure in Colorado. For instance, the legislation clarifies that students participating in internships do not need to register with DORA as registered psychotherapists. However, as soon as they hold their degree, they are encouraged to register as a candidate under the board that will govern their licensure. This type of clarification helps simplify the process and reduces the regulatory burden on students.
In order to implement the new law, the Mental Health Boards housed at DORA’s Division of Professions and Occupations will assess whether rulemaking is necessary. If so, the Boards will hold Stakeholder Meetings and Rulemaking Hearings during the Summer and Fall of 2016. Mental health professionals who want to follow the implementation process should check their respective Board websites for updated information beginning June 1, 2016.
In an effort to streamline the CPD Program, the CPD Portal will no longer be used for mental health professions.
Starting September 1, 2015, (the renewal period of September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2017), you will no longer complete your Professional Practice Survey/Rubric or enter estimated and completed Professional Development Hours (PDH) in the Learning Plan online in the CPD Portal., These documents will be available as fill-in PDF forms only.
To document the completion of your PDH in your Learning Plan for the current cycle (September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2015), you can choose to enter your completed PDH via the CPD Portal or you can use the Learning Plan that is now available as a PDF fill-in form.
The Colorado Mental Health Boards have been authorized to contract with Peer Assistance Services, Inc. for the Mental Health Professional Peer Health Assistance Program. This program is available to all licensed/certified/registered Colorado mental health professionals who have physical, emotional, or psychological conditions. Program services include practice and treatment monitoring, identification and evaluation of conditions, counseling and support for treatment, and prevention education. These program services are funded for Colorado mental health professionals through a portion of licensing fees. For more information visit Peer Assistance Services website.