Legal and Practice Resources for Social Workers
NASW is also advocating to ensure that licensed CSWs can provide teletherapy to individuals, such as college students, who may have moved out of state temporarily due to the pandemic. Numerous states have implemented temporary flexibilities in regulation that will enable licensed CSWs can provide services across state lines. We are collaborating with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) in providing information to clinical social workers about temporary licensure and waivers during states of emergency. Please see the section below for more information about waivers and other policy actions.
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is the membership association for state social work licensing authorities. ASWB monitors state legislative and regulatory actions that impact the regulation of the social work profession. ASWB also maintains a database of information on state social work licensing requirements. ASWB has compiled resources to help social workers understand regulations impacting social work teletherapy as well as license exemptions and temporary license requirements applicable during a declared state of emergency.
For more information, access ASWB regulatory reports at aswb.org. To access requirements for regulated licenses, see Detailed Reports: Compare license information.
For more information regarding social work teletherapy, temporary license provisions and license exemptions use Detailed Reports: Compare Jurisdiction Information. Select the state(s) of interest, and the report sections “Statutory Provisions” and “License Exemption Language.”
Access a report to generate direct links to the statutes and regulations impacting social work in a particular state, or to contact a licensing authority directly.
See ASWB's Regulatory provisions for social work emergency responders and COVID-19 policy actions for a table showing state-by-state COVID-19 related licensing and telehealth actions.
Professional Liability Coverage
Your NASW RRG professional liability policy provides coverage for teletherapy as long as it is an accepted practice conducted according to the individual practitioner's state regulations, state licensing board requirements, and HIPAA privacy standards which vary by state and are continually evolving. Find out more at naswassurance.org.