|Posted:||October 21, 2015 11:58 AM|
|From:||Senator John P. Blake|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Amending the Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act|
I plan to introduce legislation that would update Act 136 of 1998, the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act (“Act”). This Act licenses clinical social workers, social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors and creates a licensing board to regulate the professions.
It has been nearly two decades since the Act was passed and much has changed in the delivery of health care services, including social work services. The goal of my bill is to update the licensure requirements and scope of practice for clinical social work to reflect and incorporate the changes that have taken place since the law was originally enacted and are now in place in a large majority of states.
The primary revisions proposed to the Act are:
This bill is supported by both the National Association of Social Workers- Pennsylvania Chapter and the Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Workers.
This is the Senate companion to Representative Nick Miccarelli’s HB 1415. Please join me in co-sponsoring this bill.
Introduced as SB1078