COVID-19 Guidance and Best Practices
For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, please go to coronavirus.dc.gov.
Closure of Walk In Services
Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy, and will be available for mail services only. No walk-ins or appointments are allowed. Please submit all applications and supplemental documents via mail to HRLA 1, PO Box 37802, Washington, DC 20013. If you are already in contact with a Health Licensing Specialist (HLS), please forward any documents to said HLS via email.
If you require assistance from the Board of Social Work, please contact Mavis Azariah via email at [email protected].
In response to COVID-19, DC Health has waived all licensure requirements for practitioners who are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction. You can read more about the waiver process HERE.
Board Meetings Cancelled
Additionally, all health professional board meetings are cancelled for the month of March. For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, please go to coronavirus.dc.gov.
The Board of Social Work regulates the practice of social work in DC, including specialties within the profession. The Board also administers and enforces the law. The Board evaluates applications and administers exams, recommends standards and procedures, and issues licenses. The Board receives and reviews complaints; requests investigations; conducts hearings, issues subpoenas, examines witnesses, and administers oaths; and issues an annual report.
The Mayor appoints the board members, including the chair. The Board consists of five DC residents: four social workers and one consumer. Professional members must have been engaged in practice for at least three years preceding appointment.
All social work Licenses expire on July 31 of odd years. At the time of license renewal all licensees are required to have completed the 40 hours of approved continuing education units including the 6 hours of Ethics (must be done face to face; no online courses are accepted) and 2 hours of LGBTQ training (this can be an online course). Only 12 hours out of the total 40 hours required can be online.
HIV CEU not required for the 2019 renewal.
The Board meets monthly on the fourth Monday. Please note that meeting dates can change. In 2020, the Board plans to meet on the following dates:
- January 27 (starting at 9:30am)
- February 24
- March 23 (canceled)
- April 27
- May TBD
- June 22
- July 27
- September 28
- October 26
- November 23
- December 28
- Social Work Application Package
- Online License Renewal (Closed)
Policy Guides and Statements
- Policy Statement on Scope of Social Work Practice for LGSWs in Private Practice
- Policy Statement on Identifying Public Health Issues for Continuing Education
- Policy Statement [PDF]
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