SB 807 Press Release
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Posted by: Tara Breitsprecher
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
"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
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.
CONTACT: Heather Cevasco (215) 489-5000