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02-416
Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
State Board of Social Worker Licensure

2001-2002 Regulatory Agenda

UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 02-416
AGENCY NAME: Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing & Registration, State Board of Social Worker Licensure

CONTACT PERSON: Elaine Thibodeau, Health Board Administrator, 35 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0035. Tel: (207) 624-8420

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None.

EXPECTED 2001-2002 RULEMAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Introduction
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., 7030(2)
PURPOSE: This Chapter sets forth the general intent and purpose of these rules.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure and licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 2: Definitions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., 7001-A, 7030(2)
PURPOSE: This Chapter sets forth definitions of the terms used by the Board of Social Worker Licensure in these rules. These terms include those provided in the statute itself, as well as additional definitions which add clarity to the rules. "Telepractice" may be defined.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure and licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 3: Licensure
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., 7030(1) and (2), 7051, 7053, 7054-A, 7056, 7060, and 10 MRSA 8003(2-A)(D)
PURPOSE: This Chapter sets forth eligibility criteria for the various licensure levels, the methods of application for social worker licensure, the steps of the examination application process, the criteria for the clinical setting, and the fee structure for all social worker licensure levels. Provisions may be added pertinent to the staff review of applications. Legislation enacted in 2001 (Public law 2001, Chapter 316, "An Act to Change Certain Educational Requirements for Licensed Social Workers") will likely create the need to specify that new entrants to the profession of social Work will be required to have attained a BSW (Bachelor of Social Work or Social Welfare) degree. The Board may repeal existing fee provisions in the event that OLR establishes fees for this board directly pursuant to 10 MRSA 8003(2-A)(D).
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure and licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 4: Standards of Practice
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., 7030(1) and (2), 7053-A, 7060
PURPOSE: This Chapter sets forth the standards of social work practice in Maine as determined by the Board of Social Worker Licensure. These standards include: a code of ethics, the functions permitted by law at each social worker licensure level, the criteria for continuing professional education required for licensure renewal, the process to be followed to meet this requirement, and a description of role of the consultant used in licensing procedures. Provisions relating to "Telepractice" over the internet may be introduced.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure, licensees, and consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 5: Enforcement & Disciplinary Procedures
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., 7030(1) and (2), 7051, 7059
PURPOSE: This Chapter outlines the enforcement and disciplinary procedures used by the Board of Social Worker Licensure. Included are the specific grounds for discipline as well as clarification of the terms used in this chapter.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Spring 2002.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Applicants for licensure, licensees, and consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.



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