State Board of Social Worker Licensure

Welcome to the website of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation, an agency within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. We appreciate your visit to our homepage and we look forward to assisting you.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Staff of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation is temporarily displaced while the building located at 76 Northern Avenue in Gardiner, Maine is closed for remediation work.  During this temporary displacement, only limited staff will be located at 221 State Street in Augusta, Maine so the best way to contact us to resolve your issues, answer your questions, and continue to deliver high-quality services to consumers and our licensees is by email or by phone or through our other online services. 

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.

You may follow this link to the Secretary of State's office to view a list of board members. Members of the public should not contact board members with questions or comments.  All questions, comments or any other board-related matters must be directed to the Board’s administrator. (Kristina.M.Halvorsen@maine.gov 207-624-8420)

Important Reminder to all Licensed Social Workers Regarding Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal of a License

Notice Regarding License Verification Requests (PDF)

Effective March 1, 2019, the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation (OPOR) will no longer issue paper license verifications. License verifications are available, free of charge, on OPOR’s official database, https://www.pfr.maine.gov/ALMSOnline/ALMSQuery/Welcome.aspx?board=4420. This database is updated in real time as changes occur. The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation considers this information to be a secure, primary source for license verification.

Are You a Mandated Reporter?

Maine law requires that medical, mental health and social services personnel immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) when the provider knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a child or an incapacitated or dependent adult has been or is likely to be abused or neglected or that a suspicious death (child or incapacitated adult) has occurred.

Follow this link for more Mandated Reporter Information

New requirements for Domestic Violence training are posted in the "What's New" section below.

Future correspondence from the Board of Social Worker Licensure will be sent to you by email, so please be sure to keep your contact information current. Follow this link to verify your contact information.

What's New

Rulemaking 

New Board Rules Adopted October 11, 2022

Laws/Statutory

New Laws Effective October 18, 2021

Public Law Chapter 167 – An Act to Facilitate Licensure for Credentialed Individuals in other Jurisdictions

Public Law Chapter 233 – An act to Address Behavioral Health

Public Law Chapter 290 – An Act Regarding Remote Participation in Public Proceedings

Public Law Chapter 291 – An Act Regarding Telehealth Regulations

Public Law Chapter 302 – An Act to Ensure that Children Receive Behavioral Health Services

New Laws Effective September 19, 2019

Public Law Chapter 317 An Act to Impose on Mental Health Professionals a Duty to Warn and Protect http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0211&item=3&snum=129 (PDF)

Public Law Chapter 165 An Act to Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0755&item=5&snum=129 (PDF)

Domestic Violence Training

Statutory Changes

Board Notices