CHAPTER 383b
CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS

Table of Contents

Sec. 20-195m. Definitions.
Sec. 20-195n. Licensure requirements.
Sec. 20-195o. Application and renewal. Fees. Continuing education requirement and regulations. Exemption from examination.
Sec. 20-195p. Disciplinary action. Grounds.
Sec. 20-195q. Use of title. Certain activities not prohibited.
Sec. 20-195r. Use of title by certain person employed by the state in the classified service prior to October 1, 1996.
Secs. 20-195s to 20-195z.


Sec. 20-195m. Definitions. As used in subsection (c) of section 19a-14, section 19a-18, sections 20-195n to 20-195q, inclusive, and this section:
(1) "Licensed clinical social worker" means a person who has been licensed pursuant to this chapter;
(2) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health;
(3) "Department" means the Department of Public Health; and
(4) "Clinical social work" means the application, by persons trained in social work, of established principles of psychosocial development, behavior, psychopathology, unconscious motivation, interpersonal relationships and environmental stress to the evaluation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of biopsychosocial dysfunction, disability and impairment, including mental, emotional, behavioral, developmental and addictive disorders, of individuals, couples, families or groups. Clinical social work includes, but is not limited to, counseling, psychotherapy, behavior modification and mental health consultation.
(P.A. 85-531, S. 1; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-116, S. 1; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58.)
History: P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-116 changed "certified independent" to "licensed clinical" social worker and defined "clinical social work"; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995.

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Sec. 20-195n. Licensure requirements. No person shall practice clinical social work unless he has obtained a license pursuant to this section. Applicants for licensure as a clinical social worker shall: (1) Hold a doctorate or master's degree from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or, if educated outside the United States or its territories, have completed an educational program deemed equivalent by said council; (2) have three thousand hours postmaster's social work experience which shall include not less than one hundred hours of work under professional supervision by a licensed clinical or certified independent social worker; and (3) pass the clinical level examination of the American Association of State Social Work Boards or any other examination prescribed by the commissioner. On and after October 1, 1995, any person certified as an independent social worker prior to October 1, 1995, shall be deemed licensed as a clinical social worker pursuant to this section, except a person certified as an independent social worker on and after October 1, 1990, shall not be deemed licensed as a clinical social worker pursuant to this chapter unless such person has satisfied the requirements of subdivision (3) of this section.
(P.A. 85-531, S. 2; P.A. 89-115, S. 1, 7; P.A. 94-91, S. 1; P.A. 95-116, S. 2.)
History: P.A. 89-115 required that applicants educated outside the United States or its territories have completed equivalent educational programs; P.A. 94-91 amended Subdiv. (3) to remove requirement regarding certification by the association; P.A. 95-116 changed certification to licensure, required a license to practice, required professional supervision to be by a licensed clinical or certified independent social worker, changed the required examination from advanced level to clinical level and deemed as licensed those certified before October 1, 1990, and those certified after that date if the Subdiv. (3) requirements are met.

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Sec. 20-195o. Application and renewal. Fees. Continuing education requirement and regulations. Exemption from examination. (a) Application for licensure shall be on forms prescribed and furnished by the commissioner. Each applicant shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that he has met the requirements of section 20-195n. The application fee shall be two hundred fifty dollars.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 20-195n concerning examinations, the commissioner may issue a license without examination, prior to January 1, 1998, to any applicant who offers proof to the satisfaction of the commissioner that he met the requirements of subdivisions (1) and (2) of section 20-195n and was an employee of the federal government with not less than three thousand hours postmaster's social work experience prior to October 1, 1986.
(c) Each person licensed pursuant to this chapter may apply for renewal of such licensure in accordance with the provisions of subsection (e) of section 19a-88. A fee of one hundred fifty dollars shall accompany each renewal application. Each such applicant shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the commissioner of having participated in continuing education. The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to (1) define basic requirements for continuing education programs, (2) delineate qualifying programs, (3) establish a system of control and reporting, and (4) provide for waiver of the continuing education requirement for good cause.
(P.A. 85-531, S. 3; P.A. 87-212, S. 3, 4; P.A. 89-251, S. 105, 203; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6, S. 26, 117; P.A. 94-91, S. 2; P.A. 95-116, S. 3; P.A. 97-213, S. 10, 13; P.A. 98-247, S. 14.)
History: P.A. 87-212 deleted reference to the period of time during which the commissioner could issue a certificate without examination and added provision re satisfying requirements prior to October 1, 1986; P.A. 89-251 increased the application fee from seventy-five dollars to ninety-four dollars; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6 raised application fee from ninety- four to one hundred ninety-five dollars; P.A. 94-91 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the fee from one hundred ninety-five to two hundred fifty dollars, amended Subsec. (b) to prohibit issuance of certificate without examination after February 1, 1995, and added Subsec. (c) to provide for annual renewal and fee; P.A. 95-116 changed certification to licensure, extended from February 1, 1995, to January 1, 1996, the time to apply for a license without examination and from 1986 to 1993 the deadline for having met the requirements for such application and increased the renewal fee from twenty-five to one hundred fifty dollars; P.A. 97-213 extended the grandfather deadline from 1996 to 1998 and added federal employment prior to 1986 as satisfactory condition for licensure without examination, effective June 26, 1997; P.A. 98-247 amended Subsec. (c) to require continuing education and adoption of regulations.

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Sec. 20-195p. Disciplinary action. Grounds. The commissioner may take any action set forth in section 19a-17 if the license holder fails to conform to the accepted standards of the social work profession, including, but not limited to, the following: Conviction of a felony; fraud or deceit in obtaining or seeking reinstatement of a license to practice clinical social work; fraud or deceit in the practice of social work; negligent, incompetent or wrongful conduct in professional activities; emotional disorder or mental illness; physical illness, including, but not limited to, deterioration through the aging process; abuse or excessive use of drugs, including alcohol, narcotics or chemicals; wilful falsification of entries in any hospital, patient or other record pertaining to social work; violation of any provision of this chapter or any regulation adopted hereunder. The Commissioner of Public Health may order a license holder to submit to a reasonable physical or mental examination if his physical or mental capacity to practice safely is the subject of an investigation. Said commissioner may petition the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford to enforce such order or any action taken pursuant to said section 19a-17. Notice of any contemplated action under said section 19a-17, of the cause therefor and the date of hearing thereon, shall be given and an opportunity for hearing afforded as provided in the regulations adopted by the commissioner.
(P.A. 85-531, S. 4; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-116, S. 4; 95-220, S. 4−6; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98-1, S. 49, 121.)
History: P.A. 88-230 replaced "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" with "judicial district of Hartford", effective September 1, 1991; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 93-142 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner of health services with commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-116 changed certification to licensure and added fraud and deceit in seeking reinstatement as a ground for disciplinary action; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 98- 1 made a technical change, effective June 24, 1998.

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Sec. 20-195q. Use of title. Certain activities not prohibited. (a) No persons, except those licensed pursuant to this chapter, shall (1) use the title "licensed clinical social worker" or any initials associated with such titles, or (2) advertise services under the description of a licensed clinical social worker as defined in section 20-195m.
(b) Nothing in this section shall prohibit: (1) A student enrolled in a doctoral or master's degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education from performing such work as is incidental to his course of study, provided such person is designated by a title which clearly indicates his status as a student; (2) a person holding a doctoral or master's degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education from gaining social work experience under professional supervision, provided such activities are necessary to satisfy the work experience required by section 20-195n and such person is designated as "social work intern", "social work trainee" or other title clearly indicating the status appropriate to his level of training; (3) a person licensed or certified in this state in a field other than clinical social work from practicing within the scope of such license or certification; (4) a person enrolled in an educational program or fulfilling other state requirements leading to licensure or certification in a field other than social work from engaging in work in such other field; or (5) a person who is employed or retained as a social work designee, social worker, or social work consultant by a nursing home or rest home licensed under section 19a-490 and who meets the qualifications prescribed by the department in its regulations from performing the duties required of them in accordance with state and federal laws governing those duties.
(P.A. 85-531, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11, S. 3, 70; P.A. 95-116, S. 5; P.A. 98-247, S. 13.)
History: May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11 amended Subsec. (b) to correct a statutory reference by replacing Sec. 17a-635 with Sec. 17-635; P.A. 95-116 changed references from certification to licensure, deleted prior Subsec. (b), which exempted social workers at educational, governmental and community institutions and added new Subsec. (b) re exemption for certain students, trainees and those in other fields; P.A. 98-247 added Subdiv. (5) re social work in nursing homes.

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Sec. 20-195r. Use of title by certain person employed by the state in the classified service prior to October 1, 1996. Nothing in sections 20-195 to 20-195q, inclusive, shall prevent any person employed by the state prior to October 1, 1996, with a title in the social work series of the classified service from using a title in such series to describe or perform his duties in the course of his employment with the state.
(P.A. 95-116, S. 10.)

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Secs. 20-195s to 20-195z. Reserved for future use.


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