Social workers; DHP to study need for additional, etc., workers. (SJ49)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; Department of Health Professions; need for additional micro-level, mezzo-level, and macro-level social workers and increased compensation; report. Requests that the Department of Health Professions convene a work group, which shall include certain stakeholders listed in the bill, to (i) identify the number of social workers needed in the Commonwealth to adequately serve the population; (ii) identify opportunities for the Commonwealth's social work workforce to successfully serve and respond to increasing biopsychosocial needs of individuals, groups, and communities in areas related to aging, child welfare, social services, military and veterans affairs, criminal justice, juvenile justice, corrections, mental health, substance abuse treatment, and other health and social determinants; (iii) gather information about current social workers in the Commonwealth related to level of education, school of social work attended, level of licensure, job title and classification, years of experience, gender, employer, and compensation; (iv) analyze the impact of compensation levels on social workers' job satisfaction and performance, as well as its impact on the likelihood of other persons entering the profession and any complications to such compensation levels caused by student debt; and (v) make recommendations for additional sources of funding to adequately compensate social workers and increase the number of social workers in the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


03/03/2020: Passed the House


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105090D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Rules
01/24/2020Reported from Rules
01/27/2020Reading waived (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Read second time and engrossed
01/29/2020Read third time and agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/03/2020Placed on Calendar
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on Rules
02/27/2020Reported from Rules (17-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Taken up
03/03/2020Agreed to by House (73-Y 23-N)
03/03/2020VOTE: Adoption (73-Y 23-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ49ER)


Diane Griffiths writes:

Does anyone know what "reading waived" means?

Waldo Jaquith writes:

As far as I know, it doesn't say anything about the bill — it just means that the Senate agreed there was no need to read the bill out loud on the floor of the Senate.