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SB 807 Press Release

Wednesday, November 20, 2013   (0 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 19, 2013

McIlhinney’sSocial Worker Licensing Bill Advances


HARRISBURG – The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee approved legislation today that would provide bachelor level licensure for social workers, according to the bill’s sponsor Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-10).


Senate Bill 807 would create a voluntary license for individuals who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social work or social welfare from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The licensure requirement would help hold social workers accountable for professional conduct and ethical standards.


"Social workers provide services to the state’s most vulnerable residents, so we need to make sure every provider is qualified to handle the delicate and complicated situations they face on a daily basis,”McIlhinney said. "A licensure requirement will help ensure every practitioner continues to meet or exceed the high standard of service our past and present social workers have already set.”


"NASW-PA is honored to have Senator McIlhinney sponsor this important piece of legislation on behalf of social workers,” said NASW-PA Executive Director Ron Simon. "A license at the bachelor’s level elevates the social work profession and, more importantly, assures those in need of social work services that they are receiving help from a trained, qualified professional.”


Social workers with master’s degrees already have a voluntary license in place, but there is no mechanism for licensure of those who hold a bachelor’s degree in social work. Thirty-six other states credential social workers at the bachelor’s level.


The legislation is supported by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

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