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Information Regarding Act 31 and Required Child Abuse Training

Tuesday, August 26, 2014   (6 Comments)
Posted by: Tara Breitsprecher
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Dear Members,
 
NASW-PA strives to keep you up-to-date on all issues related to social work. Recently Act 31 was passed into law and takes effect on 1/1/15.  This law impacts our social work licenses; all social workers renewing their licenses will be required to complete 2 hours of training on child abuse recognition and reporting requirements. New licensees need to complete 3 hours of training. We were waiting to release this information until policies were finalized and we could provide our membership with accurate and complete information.
 
On the Pennsylvania State Licensing Board website:  http://www.dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_board_of_social_workers%2C_marriage_and_family_therapists_and_professional_counselors/12524
BPOA and DPW recently posted a notice about the regulations, Special Notice to all Health-Related Licensees and Funeral Directors.  There were discussions taking place about a possible waiver since this law takes effect on 1/1/15 and our licensure renewal is required by 2/28/15. However, we will need to complete these credits between now and our licensure renewal date (2/28/15). 

Here is an update on essential information related to Act 31 and its effect on licensees:

--New licensees must complete 3 hours of training, licensee renewals must have 2 hours of training. 

--These hours can count towards your 30 credits
--Per the law, DPW is the only approved provider however, DPW can approve courses. NASW---PA has submitted a course for approval. If you take any training, it must be through DPW or approved by DPW. 
--The law takes effect 1/1/15, but you can take the course before that date, and it just must be completed by 2/28/15. 
--DPW will be posting information about courses on its website, but that information is not available yet. 

Please stay tuned for further information; we will release information about courses once it becomes official. NASW-PA hopes to have its course approved soon and we plan on offering it throughout the state and at our conferences in October and November. 

Thank you for your membership. 

Sincerely,

Ron Simon 
Executive Director

Comments...

Joan E. Jasinski says...
Posted Monday, February 16, 2015
Where can I take the required Act 31 (2 hrs. of Board-approved CE in child abuse recognition and reporting course) in order to meet the deadline of 2/28/15 license renewal? Please respond at your earliest convenience as I need to be able to renew my license by 2/28. Joan Jasinski, LMSW
Lisa M. Moore says...
Posted Monday, January 5, 2015
Is this course being repeated? Can it be done on line? Lisa Moore, School Social Worker
Carolyn L. Thorpe says...
Posted Friday, November 14, 2014
DPW has posted the website regarding ACT 31 ; it was launched today 11/14/14. One has to register in the following website www.reportabusepa.pittedu. My name is Carolyn Thorpe, LSW and I just wanted to advise as many social workers as possible . THANK YOU
Suzanna R. Styles says...
Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I am renewing my license for the first time in Feb 2015, having obtained my LSW in Aug 2013. Per the PA Code, I am exempt from the usual CEU requirements during this first renewal cycle ("An individual applying for licensure in this Commonwealth for the first time shall be exempted from the continuing education requirement for the biennial renewal period following initial licensure." http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter47/s47.39.html)). Am I also exempt from Act 31 or do I need to get my 2 hours before 2/28/15?
Pamela J. Tibbs (Lanier) says...
Posted Monday, September 15, 2014
After speaking with the PA social work board, I have been told that if I renew my license before Jan 1, 2015 that I will not have to complete the child abuse training for the Feb 28, 2015 renewal year, is this the information you have also? Pamela Tibbs
Irene E. Burrill says...
Posted Thursday, September 11, 2014
Will you be sending out information on Child Abuse Training by e-mail as soon as it is available? I am having difficulty imagining everyone who needs this training getting it by Feb. 28, 2015. Are you advocating for a delay? Thank you! Irene Burrill, LCSW

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