Welcome to the West Virginia Board of Social Work!

"The purpose of the Board is to protect the public by setting standards of qualification, education, training and experience for those who seek licensure and to promote high standards of professional and ethical performance for those engaged in the profession of social work."

- our Mission Statement

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News & Announcements 

  • The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for June 21, 2019 at 11:00 am. The meeting will be at the Board offices at 1124 Smith St., Suite B 200, Charleston, WV
  • Board meetings are also scheduled for August 29, October 17 and December 19 at 11:00 am.
  • Provisional Licensing Supervisors:  Your Annual Meeting and Progress Reports are due in January for all licensees that you supervised in calendar year 2018.
  • Provisional licensees:  Your Annual Compliance forms are due in July
Public Comment Period

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD:  Proposed Legislative Rule Revisions

The WV Board of Social Work has proposed revisions to Legislative Rules: 25CSR3,Fee Schedule which are out  for public comment.  No fee increases are proposed but the revision is necessary to comply with SB 396 which passed the Legislature on March 8, 2019. The legislation requires all Chapter 30 Boards to provide an application process for a waiver of initial licensure fees for "low income individuals" and "military families" as defined in SB 396.  The Board has chosen to enact this waiver process within the existing fee schedule.

Rule changes include a definition for "initial licensure fee', "local labor market", "low income individual" and "military families" in addition to specifying there will be an application for individuals to utilize when requesting a waiver.  A decision on the waiver will be forthcoming within 30 days of receipt of a complete application..  

Additionally, the Board included a definition for 'active duty" and added a section (4.3) to better clarify the intent of previously enacted exemptions for inactive and reactivation fees when deployed, and added  a new exemption of renewal fees for individuals in this category.

The addition of 3.2.10 is not a new fee,  but  it was noted that the fee for written license verification was not outlined clearly in the fee schedule.  The Board's web site provides free primary source verification but when written verification is requested, the fee has been $25.

A summary of the changes and the rules are available on the Secretary of State's web page at http://apps.sos.wv.gov/adlaw/csr/ruleview.aspx?document=17020

Comments will be on the proposed rule revisions until July 5, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. and may be emailed to Admin@wvsocialworkboard.org or mailed to PO Box 5459, Charleston, WV  25361.