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THE SENATE                           S.R. NO.              S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  RESOLUTION
REQUESTING A STUDY OF SOCIAL WORK LICENSING LAWS.


 1       WHEREAS, there is an increased interest in the professional
 2   social work community to enhance and restructure the current
 3   social work licensure law; and
 4   
 5       WHEREAS, there are a variety of licensure options that may
 6   be considered in restructuring the current law; and
 7   
 8       WHEREAS, one option is to increase the levels of licensure,
 9   including the addition of a "clinical level" of licensure and a
10   "bachelor level" of licensure; and
11   
12       WHEREAS, an independent review of the options available, in
13   consultation with the major professional social work groups,
14   the public, and other stakeholders, will facilitate an
15   understanding of the various restructuring options; now,
16   therefore,
17   
18       BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
19   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2000, that the
20   Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) is requested to review
21   Chapter 467E, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), and other social
22   work licensure laws, including multi-tiered laws that allow for
23   "clinical level", "bachelor level", and other levels of
24   licensure; and
25   
26       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that LRB is requested to include in
27   its review:
28   
29       (1)  The licensing provisions of chapter 467E, HRS;
30   
31       (2)  The social work licensure laws of other states;
32   
33       (3)  The rationale of the majority of states to support
34            multi-tiered licensing of social workers;
35   
36       (4)  The impact on, and benefits to, the public of multi-
37            tiered licensing;
38   
39       (5)  The rationale for states to choose "practice laws"
40            rather than "title protection" licensure laws;
41   
42       (6)  The continuing education requirements that are
43            embedded in other states' licensing requirements;

 
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 2       (7)  The funding mechanisms that are used to fund social
 3            work licensing in other states;
 4   
 5       (8)  The levels of supervision, credentialing, education,
 6            training, experience, and expertise that are required
 7            in other states' licensing laws; and
 8   
 9       (9)  The cost of implementing alternative social work
10            licensure laws for Hawaii;
11   
12   and
13   
14       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that LRB is requested to consult
15   with:
16   
17       (1)  The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs;
18       
19       (2)  National social work professional groups, including
20            the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the
21            Clinical Social Work Federation (CSWF), the American
22            Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABECSW),
23            Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the
24            Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB);
25   
26       (3)  Hawaii chapters of national professional
27            organizations, including the Clinical Social Work
28            Society of Hawaii (CSWSH) and the Hawaii Chapter of
29            NASW; and
30   
31       (4)  Hawaii social work educational institutions; 
32       
33   and
34   
35       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that LRB is requested to submit its
36   findings, conclusions, and recommendations, including proposed
37   legislation, if any, with respect to an appropriate social work
38   licensure structure for Hawaii, to the Legislature no later
39   than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session
40   of 2001; and
41   
42       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
43   Resolution be transmitted to the Director of the LRB; the
44   Director of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; the Presidents of
45   the NASW, CSWF, ABECSW, CSWE, ASWB, and the University of
46   Hawaii; and the Executive Directors of the CSWSH and the Hawaii
47   Chapter of NASW.