Social work; practice. (HB614)

Introduced By

Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Practice of social work. Provides that the Board of Social Work may license baccalaureate social workers, master's social workers, and clinical social workers, as those terms are defined, and may register persons proposing to obtain supervised post-degree experience in the practice of social work. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101583D
01/08/2018Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/11/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB614)
01/17/2018Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/25/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
02/01/2018Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Read first time
02/06/2018Read second time and engrossed
02/07/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/07/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/16/2018Rereferred from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2018Rereferred to Education and Health
02/16/2018Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
02/22/2018Reported from Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Read third time
02/26/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB614ER)
02/28/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB614ER)
02/28/2018Signed by Speaker
03/03/2018Signed by President
03/06/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 6, 2018
03/06/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/23/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 451 (effective 7/1/18)
03/23/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0451)


Gina Wurfel writes:

I am a currently licensed social worker (LSW) with an MSW degree. I am in favor of this bill because it would allow differentiation between levels of social work practice. Currently there are only 2 licensure levels and I think that adding an additional level would make it clearer what a master's level vs. bachelor's level social worker has experience in and also recognize the additional level of education a master's level non-clinical social worker has.