#Social Workers Dilemma AB93 (Supervision Hours)

#Social Workers Dilemma AB93 (Supervision Hours)

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PT Jackson started this petition to Senator Alex Padilla and

My name is Precious Jackson and I am writing this letter to bring to your attention something I believe many Associate Social Workers (ASW) and License Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) are unaware of, but that is unfair to them, and requires the attention of all social work stakeholders. The language that is on BBS.org website under the AB93 law presents language that is contradictory, confusing, and concerning.  In fact, in a memo from the Board of Behavioral Sciences several law changes were recently voted on and approved. The changes spelled out in these new law changes affect existing supervisors and those individuals who are currently in pursuit of licensure as a clinical social worker (LCSW).

In the new law, it is stated that on and after January 1, 2019, ASWs are disallowed from being supervised in private practices or sites that are incorporated.  Moreover, supervisors must be employed full-time at the ASWs site of employment and be actively engaged in performing professional services there.

This law affects ASWs who currently have written oversight agreements with supervisors who do not work at their place of employment or non-profit organizations.  Often times, ASWs employers - organizations and corporations - do not offer Clinical Social Work supervision hours at the site. In essence, ASWs who have accumulated hundreds of hours from January 2019 and who are unaware of this law change will lose credit for all  supervision hours which would be a tragedy. For those who do not understand the severity of this change in law, allow me to explain: The law is tantamount to working months at a job and receiving no compensation. It is the equivalent of a student teacher working months at a school site, and receiving no credit for the labor rendered.  The ASW supervision hours represent the social workers’ credentialing process and efforts. The magnitude of such a change could result in ASWs losing more than 800 supervision hours.

The new law needs to accommodate ASWs who are currently being supervised with written oversight agreements that were in place prior to the new law changes. This petition seeks:  (1) The Reversal of ASW Supervision Hours to be honored from or after January 1, 2019, (2) ASWs to be allowed supervision in a private practice or corporate setting by persons not employed by the private practice or if the site is incorporated, and (3) continuation of written oversight agreement, as specified by regulation, shall be executed between the supervisor and employer when the supervisor is not employed by the supervisee’s employer or is a volunteer.

It is my hope that a positive and productive conversation between the Board of Behavioral Sciences, California Senators, Social Workers and interested parties find a solution to this California Legislative dilemma that will affect clinical supervision hours. Thank you for taking action.

Sincerely,

Precious  Jackson

#SocialWorkersDilemmaAB93

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