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An Important Notice to NASW Members and Employers of Licensed Social Workers
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Governor Andrew Cuomo signs into law an extension of the deadline for social work employers to apply for waivers.

New deadline is February 1, 2012.

On July 21 Governor Cuomo made official the extension of the deadline for non-profit organizations to apply for a waiver in order to continue to employ licensed social workers.


Since the early spring NASW worked to notify employers that there was a June 16, 2011 deadline, and hundreds of organizations responded. Nevertheless, out of concern that organizations would not learn of this requirement, NASW joined with several non-profit organizations to have the deadline extended.


This means that non-profits that have not already applied for the waiver may continue to employ licensed social workers until the February 1 deadline. Once an organization applies for a waiver, they may continue to employ licensed social workers until the application is approved or denied.


NASW will continue to inform non-profits that employ social workers to make sure that they are aware of the requirement for waivers.


Highlights of the Requirement

  • There is a legal requirement for authorizing the employment of licensed social workers. This is the responsibility of the employer.

  • There is a time limited opportunity for agencies and organizations to apply for a waiver to permit employment of licensed social workers (both LMSWs and LCSWs). Applications just became available.

  • Many programs and services will not need to obtain a waiver, but those that will need a waiver must get one.

  • Social workers may want to check with their employers. Whether agencies are familiar with these requirements may be a significant question.

  • Deadline for submitting applications for waivers is February 1, 2012.


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