NOTICE OF DELIVERY SERVICE DELAYS
DC Health is experiencing delays in mail availability due to the impact of COVID-19 on the US postal service.
We appreciate your patience as we continue to process all mail in as timely a manner as possible.
Important Notice (select link):
DC Health No Longer Accepting Paper Applications (Beginning June 14, 2021)
The District of Columbia Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is excited to announce the opening of our new online licensing system. Effective immediately, any healthcare provider who is interested in applying for a new health professional license, or to renew, reinstate, or reactivate an existing license, may do so by going to the below link and submitting an online application. All users are strongly encouraged to review the instructions prior to beginning the process.
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.
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. 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 [email protected].
Walk In Services
UPDATED: The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center will fully reopen its public service counter Monday through Friday starting on July 12, 2021, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Individuals may also call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on their pending application. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Health Professional Board meetings are currently held virtually. Please check each board's respective website for information on when the next meeting will take place.
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.
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) and 4 of the total required continuing education shall be in Public Health Priorities. Only 12 hours out of the total 40 hours required can be online. HIV CEU is no longer a requirement. Please review the Board's COVID-19 policy statments for information about supervision and continuing education.
The Board meets monthly on the fourth Monday. Please note that meeting dates can change. In 2021, the Board plans to meet on the following dates:
- January 25, 2021
- February 22, 2021 (FEBRUARY MEETING CANCELLED)
- March 22, 2021
- April 26, 2021 (CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF QUORUM)
- May 24, 2021
- June 28, 2021
- July 26, 2021
- September 27, 2021
- October 25, 2021
- November 22, 2021
Policy Guides and Statements
- Policy Statement on Guidance on Tele-Supervision During COVID Public Health Emergency (Effective April 27, 2020)
- Policy Statement on Suspension of In-Person CE Requirement (Effective April 27, 2020)
- Policy Statement on Scope of Social Work Practice for LGSWs in Private Practice (Amended April 27, 2020)
- Policy Statement on Identifying Public Health Issues for Continuing Education
- Policy Statement [PDF]
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