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From the NASW Colorado Chapter
Social Work Update
                                                               July 13, 2017  |  Stay Current on Crucial Info to the Profession 


Time of Transition for Chapter

After serving as NASW-CO Executive Director for almost 10 years, Renee Rivera will step down on Friday, July 14th. Renee announced to the Chapter Board and colleagues around the state:

“This has been a highlight of my career and it was not an easy decision to make. It’s been a joy, a challenge, and an honor… and now it’s time to push myself to the next stage of my professional life. I will remain in Colorado and plan to stay involved with NASW as a regular member, so I trust our paths will cross again. Thanks so much for your comradery and support. Thanks so much for making me proud to be a social worker.”

The Chapter Board and the Search Committee are delighted to announce the new Chapter Executive Director, Heather McLaughlin, who begins her role on August 1st. Heather is an innovative and dynamic social worker with a proven 15-year track record in administering government and nonprofit programs. She’s a collaborative leader known for building connections and creating cohesion and alignment through communicating the organization’s vision. Heather holds a Master of Social Welfare and Master of Public Health from the University of California – Berkeley. Stay tuned for more in the August eNewsletter!

License Renewal Starts

DORA has announced that mental health licenses, including the LSW and LCSW, are due for renewal by August 31st, 2017.

In order to maintain an Active status, and to avoid a late fee, you must renew prior to 08/31/2017. If you do not renew your license prior to 08/31/2017 you will have a 60 day grace period before your license will be deemed expired. A $15 late fee will apply to all licenses renewed during the grace period.

To renew, go here to the DORA website
and follow the prompts to access the Online Renewal Service.

CPD Required for Renewal

As part of the Social Work license renewal process, licensees must complete 40 Professional Development Hours every two years. See more info on the CPD page of Chapter website.

A recorded CPD Info Session is now offered by the Chapter FREE to NASW members and $75 to non-members. Register for or Purchase the Info Session download here.

Update on Mandatory Disclosure

HB 17-1011 became effective on July 1, 2017. It requires that any complaint filed with DORA against a mental health professional alleging a maintenance-of-records violation must be commenced within 7 years after the alleged act or failure to act giving rise to the complaint. Mental health professionals must give notice to former  and current clients that records may not be retained after the 7-year period. Complaints subject to the 7-year filing period must be resolved by the agency within 2 years after the date the complaint was filed.

The Chapter Practice Standards Committee is working on an updated sample Mandatory Disclosure form to reflect this change. It will be announced in this newsletter soon.



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