Bill Aims to Fill Social Worker Vacancies

Charleston Daily Mail - Social workers employed by the state Department of Health and Human Resources may soon be exempt from licensure. Read

The House Government Organization Committee on Monday advanced Senate Bill 559. It seeks to add DHHR employees with "sufficient standards of qualification, education, training and experience" to a list of others exempted from licensure, including social service administration directors, those holding licenses in other fields, such as physicians, and students and interns studying social work courses, among others.

Supporters of the bill say the legislation will help recruit and retain social workers, but opponents argue it doesn't fix the problems of low pay and high turnover.

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