Telehealth regulation in social work
ASWB has compiled a detailed report on licensing statutes, practice standards, and regulations related to teleheath in social work practice. This report covers social work licensing in the United States and Canada, and includes an at-a-glance chart to help managers understand quickly what states and provinces have provisions for electronic practice. Request your free copy today!
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About the report
Social workers are at the heart of health care—regardless of how that care is delivered. As of 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are 185,000 social workers in health care settings, providing psychotherapy, coordinating patient care, and addressing the social determinants of health in patients.
Furthermore, clinical social workers are the largest segment of the mental health workforce in the United States, according to 2017 data from the U.S. Health Resources Services Administration.
The COVID-19 pandemic greatly increased the use of technology in social work practice and social work regulatory boards enacted various emergency provisions allowing for practice across state lines. However, these emergency provisions are now expiring, and social workers in telehealth settings must again comply with state regulations on electronic practice. In support of Social Work PROfile, a program of the Association of Social Work Boards, ASWB developed this report examining regulatory approaches to electronic social work practice based on a review of all 64 member jurisdictions.