Improve licensing for Social Workers by permitting reciprocity between states.

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Did You Know?
Social work was added as a profession in 1930.
Social workers aspire to advance the lives of individuals.
In 2014, there were 650,000 social workers in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S.
There are 3 main licensures that social workers can receive.
      o  Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
      o  Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
      o  Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)
However, states have the ability to determine which licenses they offer to social workers.

Why it Matters?

As of now, social workers must commit to a state in which to practice because of current licensure policies not allowing reciprocity. This is harmful to society as a whole because social worker are unable to adequately serve communities if they are continually changing their license. This could be improved if the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) creates a universal licensure exam and requires all states to offer the same licenses so social workers can effectively practice in all fifty states.
A few areas that will see a positive change are:
o  School Systems
o  Child Welfare
o  Hospitals and healthcare
o  Mental health facilities
o  Military Bases and Veteran Affairs
o  Correctional Facilities
o  Human Services
o  Community Organizations
o  Government
o  The General Population