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HB237

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HB 237/FN (BR 863) - S. Westrom, L. Belcher, T. Burch, R. Damron, K. Flood, J. Jenkins, M. Marzian, R. Meeks, S. Overly, D. Owens, R. Palumbo, S. Riggs, T. Riner, C. Rollins II, J. Stacy, F. Steele, J. Wayne

     AN ACT relating to licensed social workers.
     Create a new section of KRS 194A to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to employ licensed social workers in positions providing direct casework services in foster care, child protection, juvenile services, or adult protection cases and by July 1, 2017, for individuals hired prior to the effective date of this Act; create a new section of KRS 194A to establish disciplinary provisions for a social worker whose license has been revoked, has been found guilty of a criminal complaint or contempt of court, or a finding of not making a reasonable effort in a case; require the Personnel Board to provide an annual report on disciplinary actions against licensed social workers; require trial board members hearing cases of licensed social workers to be licensed social workers; create a new section of KRS 335.010 to 335.160 to require the Board of Social Work to report on actions taken against licensed social workers; amend KRS 335.010 to require licensed social workers in positions providing direct casework services in foster care, child protection, juvenile services, or adult protection cases if employed under contract with the cabinet.

HB 237 - AMENDMENTS


     HCS/FN - Amend original provisions of the bill to create a new section of KRS 194A to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to employ by July 1, 2019, licensed social workers in positions providing protective services case management in foster care, child protection, juvenile services, or adult protection cases; apply the license requirement by July 1, 2014, for individuals hired prior to the effective date of this bill; apply the license requirement by July 2014 for current employees with degrees in social work; apply the license requirement on the effective date of this bill for newly hired employees; create a new section of KRS 194A to establish disciplinary provisions for a social worker whose license has been revoked, has been found guilty of a criminal complaint or contempt of court in a case; require the Personnel Board to provide an annual report on disciplinary actions against licensed social workers; create a new section of KRS 335.010 to 335.160 to require the Board of Social Work to report on actions taken against licensed social workers; require the cabinet to develop a plan for maximizing federal funds for a program for employees to obtain a master's in social work; exempt protective services case management employees who are licensed under another professional board from the social work license requirement.
     HFA (1, S. Westrom) - Amend original provisions of the bill to require the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to require current employees with social work degrees to be licensed by July 1, 2015; exempt the cabinet from a requirement to pay for licensure examinations or licensure fees; delete licensing provisions related to current employees without social work degrees; make technical corrections.
     HFA (2, B. Rowland) - Amend original provisions of the House Committee Substitute to delete the requirement that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services require current employees with social work degrees to be licensed.
     HFA (3, B. Rowland) - Amend original provisions of the bill to delete the requirement that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services require current employees with social work degrees to be licensed.

     Jan 10-introduced in House
     Jan 11-to Health & Welfare (H)
     Jan 17-posted in committee
     Feb 23-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 24-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 29-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 1-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 2, 2012; floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute, floor amendment (3) filed
     Mar 5-3rd reading, passed 74-18 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1)
     Mar 6-received in Senate
     Mar 8-to Appropriations & Revenue (S)

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