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Governor Wolf Signs Senate Bill 530

Thursday, July 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Governor Tom Wolf Signs Senate Bill 530

Harrisburg, PA â€“ On June 29, Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 530, sponsored by Senator Tom Killion (District 9), into law. The bill, recognized now as Act 76, will limit the practice of independent clinical social work to licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) and grant them the right to diagnose.
 
Social workers in Pennsylvania will have the same level of practice protection as their counterparts in every state except Montana. The diagnosis component of the legislation brings the practice in the Commonwealth up to the standard applied in every state other than Alabama, Indiana, and California.
 
“We are gratified that, at long last, social work practice in Pennsylvania will now be congruent with national standards.  Consumers of social work services in Pennsylvania, who are dealing with issues including depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and more, will now be given the same guarantee of receiving care from a qualified professional that they are granted in 48 other states,” said Johanna Byrd, Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter.
 
Act 76 will also provide the same protections to licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) and licensed professional counselors (LPCs). The three groups were part of the only regulated professions within the Commonwealth that did not have the practice protection Act 76 will provide.
 
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