Advocacy for Our Profession

The Chapter advocates on issues affecting our profession in Colorado through a variety of efforts.  These efforts include participating in a coalitions and committees, relationship building with staff at government agencies, private organizations, and employer companies; attending and testifying at the DORA Social Work Examiners Board and the Colorado Assembly legislative committees; as well as meeting with local and state politicians.  Following is a short list of some recent advocacy efforts.

  • Ongoing: 
    • Partnership for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Reform - for MOU of this advocacy group click here.
    • Regular Communication & Collaboration with DORA
  • 2015: School Safety and Youth in Crisis Committee 
  • 2013 & 2014:  Civil Commitments Task force via DHS Office of Behavioral Health
  • 2012-13: Taskforce on Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse
  • December 2011:  Update to Social Work Rules based on sunset of the Mental Health Practice Act - more info here.
  • January 2011:  Continuing Professional Development requirements, for more info click here.
  • February 2010:  Definition of Clinical Social Work - Click here for information on rule making by DORA.
  • August 2009:  DORA requires LSW for Hours to Count toward LCSW - for more info click here.

Title Protection

The term "Social Worker" is protected by Colorado Statute in CRS 12-43-405(5). This is state law, not Federal law, and may not be true in other states.  According to the law, only a person possessing a BSW, MSW, or PhD from a CSWE accredited program may practice social work and use the title social worker. Licensure is not required to use the term in Colorado, which makes sense since Colorado only has a license for Masters and clinical practice. Furthermore, only a person licensed as an LCSW may use the title clinical social worker.

If you know of any person, agency, or institution ignoring this title protection, contact DORA or the NASWCO office.

Sunset of the Mental Health Practice Act

Sunset is an important process that affects the social work profession in Colorado.  The Chapter is actively and heavily involved in the sunset of the Mental Health Practice Act, as it oversees the licensing of social work.  Sunset, conducted every 7-10 years, allows various stakeholders, including professions governed under the statute, to review the law and propose changes to ensure the bill protects the public and meets the needs of  practicing professionals in Colorado.  The last Sunset began in 2009 and concluded in May 2011.  See more info.