Are you an LISW, IMFT, or LPCC with student loan debt?
The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program may be able to help.
Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. The payment is free from Federal income tax and is made at the beginning of service so you can more quickly pay down your loans. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas.
After completing your initial service commitment, you can apply to extend your service and receive additional loan repayment assistance.
The amount you receive and length of your commitment depends on where you serve (service at sites in higher need areas yields greater loan repayments). It also depends on whether you select the full-time or half-time option. See the 2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 401 KB) for details. See if your site is already approved at the NHSC Jobs Center.
Find more details at: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/loanrepaymentprogram.html.
March is Social Work Month. Celebrate the contributions of Social Workers here in Ohio and nationally. For more information on events and resources, go to http://www.naswoh.org/?page=socialworkmonth
February 9, 2016 - Social Work Licensure Exam Policy Change
To: Social Workers, Social Work Students, and Social Work Educators
From: Brian Carnahan, Executive Director
The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board’s current policy allows Social Work graduate students to take the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) Clinical or Advance Generalist exam before completing two years of supervised experience post graduate degree. Nationally, Ohio is only one of two states that allow Social Workers to take the ASWB Clinical and Advanced Generalist exam before completing two years of supervised practice. The current practice in Ohio is not in line with the exam policy and test preparation standards adopted by ASWB, which assume at least two years of supervised Social Work practice. The ASWB Social Work exams are the best Social Work licensing exams available to the CSWMFT Board at this time.
After discussions with stakeholders, including Ohio Social Work faculty, and after consulting with ASWB, which recently re-confirmed its exam policy, effective June 30, 2016, CSWMFT will no longer approve Social Workers to sit for the ASWB Clinical or Advance Generalist exam before completing two years of supervised practice as a Licensed Social Worker.
Persons currently in the last term of a master’s degree program in Social Work, or those persons who completed a Master’s degree but have not yet completed two years of supervised practice, may, by June 30, 2016, apply to sit for either the Clinical or the Advanced Generalist exam, using the application materials currently available on the CSWMFT Board web site. Eligibility letters expire after 6 months. No extensions of exam approvals will be granted.
After June 30, 2016, in addition to the completion of a brief application requesting approval to take the exam, Social Workers will have to demonstrate, using the Professional Employment Reference, they have completed two years of supervised practice as a Licensed Social Worker before being approved to take either exam. All individuals initially applying for as an LSW will take and pass the Bachelor’s level exam.
January 14, 2016
To: CSWMFT Licensees and Stakeholders
Re: Medicaid Enrollment for Independent Practitioners - Effective Date for OAC 5160-8-05: “Mental Health Services”
OAC 5160-8-05: “Mental Health Services” and Enrollment of Independent Practice Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists
New Effective Date: February 1, 2016
The effective date for OAC rule 5160-8-05 has been moved to February 1, 2016. The rule, “Mental Health Services” to establish independent practice social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists as direct providers in the Ohio Medicaid fee-for-service program, is currently being processed for “final file” for this effective date.
On or after February 1, 2016, the following provider types may enroll as providers in the Ohio Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) program:
· Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors;
· Licensed Independent Social Workers; and
· Independent Marriage and Family Therapists
All other program changes, including changes in reimbursement and covered services, will also become effective February 1, 2016.
Providers with questions about the enrollment process may call 1-800-686-1516.
Medicaid encourages interested providers to monitor the ODM Guidance page for the formal publication of the implementing transmittal letter.
Providers with questions regarding this program policy change can email us at: NONINSTITUTIONAL_POLICY@medicaid.ohio.gov.
December 1, 2015
To: CSWMFT Board Licensees and Stakeholders
From: Brian Carnahan
Re: CSWMFT Board Draft Rules – Opportunity to Comment (comment period expires 1/4/2016)
Date: December 1, 2015
On November 20, 2015, the CSWMFT Board approved revisions to the following rules:
• 4757-3-01 Definitions.
• 4757-3-02 Abbreviations and titles.
• 4757-5-02 Standards of ethical practice and professional conduct: clients/consumers of services.
• 4757-5-03 Standards of ethical practice and professional conduct: multiple relationships.
• 4757-5-04 Standards of ethical practice and professional conduct: sexual relationships
• 4757-5-13 Standards of practice and professional conduct: electronic service delivery (internet, email, teleconference, etc.).
• 4757-9-06 Sources of continuing professional education.
• 4757-13-02 Requirements for licensure as a professional counselor.
• 4757-13-03 Requirements for licensure as a licensed professional clinical counselor.
• 4757-15-02 Scope of practice for a licensed professional clinical counselor.
• 4757-17-01 Counseling supervision.
• 4757-19-06 Requirements for social work applicants wishing to obtain a temporary social work license.
• 4757-21-03 Scope of practice for an independent social worker
• 4757-25-01 Education requirements for admission to the examination for marriage and family therapist.
• 4757-25-02 Marriage and family therapist examination policy
• 4757-25-04 Requirements for licensure as an independent marriage and family therapist
• 4757-25-05 Temporary marriage and family therapist license (click to read more)
October 1, 2015
Please note: This will be the last year MFTs & IMFTs may request post approval for counselor and/or social worker approved programs completed in-state and in-person. This exception to rule 4757-9-05(G)(4) begun in 2004, will end Oct 1, 2016. After that date any in-state, in-person programs not Board approved for MFTs will no longer be eligible for post program approval. Ohio now has over 60 MFT approved providers and over 600 individual programs approved for Ohio MFTs; more information can be found on our website.
· Board approval numbers for MFTs must contain the letter “T” in the approval number, e.g. RSCT000000 or MSCT000000
· Programs that are approved by NBCC or APA or NASW or ASWB are not accepted by this Board for MFT renewal.
September 22, 2015
To: Licensees and Stakeholders
From: Brian Carnahan, Executive Director
Re: CSWMFT BOARD IS HIRING!
Now hiring! The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board is seeking a qualified candidate for Social Work Certification/Licensure Examiner 2 (closing date 10/2/15). read job description.
August 4, 2015
To: Licensees and Stakeholders
From: Brian Carnahan, Executive Director
Re: Proposed Rule Changes – Public Comment Opportunity
During its September 24 and 25, 2015 meetings, the CSWMFT Board will consider approving rules for submission in the formal rule making process. This document includes brief summaries of those changes as well as edited versions of the proposed rules. Stakeholders and licensees are encouraged to comment before the September meeting. Upon final approval by the Board, the proposed rules will be submitted for formal consideration in the rule making process. The public will then have another opportunity to comment before any rules take effect.
Comments and questions may be directed to me by mail at the address above or via e-mail at email@example.com
Proposed Rule Changes
July 21, 2015
Clinical Resident (CR) status has been withdrawn
CR Status FAQ
During its July 16-17, 2015 meeting, the Counselor Professional Standards Committee voted to discontinue, effective immediately, the issuance of the Clinical Resident (CR) status for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) earning hours toward a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license.
LPCs with a current CR status may continue to use the CR as part of their license until the CR expires, at which time, it will not be extended. Those with a current CR may elect to discontinue using the CR status, which will have no effect on the hours eligible for the LPCC, provided they continue to receive supervision and document the hours on the Clinical Field Evaluation and Verification of Supervised Experience Form.
The decision to discontinue the CR is in addition to other important changes. First, LPCs earning hours toward an LPCC are not required to notify the Board regarding their selection of supervisor. Nor, will LPCCs with a Supervisor designation be limited in the number of supervisees with whom they can work. These changes should reduce the burden on licensees and staff in completing paperwork, while ensuring student interns, Trainees, and LPCs can access the supervision they need.
Please note, under the rules, licensees are required to submit to the Board a complete Clinical Field Evaluation and Verification of Supervised Experience Form within 30 days of completing the first 1500 supervised hours. LPCs should not wait until all 3000 supervised hours are earned before submitting the form. Additionally, licensees earning hours for an LPCC should review the laws and rules to ensure all hours earned can be applied toward their LPCC.
References to the CR will continue in the rules, on the web site, and on forms until we have an opportunity to complete all changes. Information regarding LPC and LPCC licensure can be found at http://cswmft.ohio.gov/Counselors.aspx. Questions regarding these changes may be directed to Brian Carnahan via telephone at 614.752.5161 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 24, 2015
Opiate addiction is a serious issue in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health is sponsoring Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone). Find more information on Project DAWN and the opiate addiction problem at http://www.healthy.ohio.gov/vipp/drug/ProjectDAWN.aspx
TO: Ohio Licensed Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists
FROM: Brian Carnahan, Executive Director
RE: Discontinuation of Wallet Cards and Instructions for Online Verification
On January 16, 2015, the Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board voted to discontinue issuing a wallet card to licensees and registrants upon their renewal. This change is effective immediately and is retroactive to renewals beginning in November 2014. The wallet card was eliminated due to the expense of printing and mailing and, more importantly, the fact that more current information is available directly from our licensure system online.
The Board’s online license verification system is a constantly updated primary source of licensure information. The majority of employers, insurance companies and others requiring license verification use the online verification system because it is updated within seconds of any change in status, and as we award licenses, post renewals and perform other licensing activities. This system is available 24 x 7 and is much more accurate and current than a wallet card printed any time prior, because the wallet card was accurate and reliable only as of the date it was printed.
Licensees and registrants should use the Board’s online license verification system (instructions attached) to confirm and validate their licensure/registration status and expiration date.
If you need proof of licensure follow the steps below or click here to watch our video. Thank you.
Go to the board’s web site http://cswmft.ohio.gov/ and follow the steps below for verification of your license:
1) Click on: Online License Verification ” under the ‘How do I find’ links
2) At the Ohio License Center fill in only two areas Select a Board and “Name (Last, First)”
a. Select a Board: should say: “Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board”; then
b. Scroll down to “Name (Last, First)” in the first box type your “last name” in the next box type your “first name” click the search button.
3) Once the page re-loads click on your name. The page that comes up next will be the page you print for license verification.
The Board is aware that the wallet card is often used as license verification by employers and insurance companies. Those entities should now use the online license verification system to check and/or confirm your status. Please share this notice with all interested entities.
The Board is also aware the many licensees and registrants displayed their walled card in the corner of the original wall certificate, although there was no law or rule that required that the card be displayed. The Board requires only that licensees/registrants display their wall certificate. Please see Ohio Revised Code Section 4757.13*.
*To locate the Laws and Rules please go to http://cswmft.ohio.gov/ and follow these instructions.
In “How Do I Find” column on the left side of the home page: Click on Laws and Rules and locate the particular law (Ohio Revised Code) or rule (Ohio Administrative