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Colorado State Board of Social Work Examiners
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The Colorado State Board of Social Work Examiners regulates licensed social workers and clinical social workers in the State of Colorado. Board activities include the review of licensure applications, complaints, and enforcement of disciplinary actions against violators of the Mental Health Practice Act or Board Rule. The Board is made up of seven members,three public and four professionals, who meet six times per year.

Program Information

Program/Board Members

Reina Sbarbaro-Gordon, Program Director

State Board of Social Work Examiners
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303-894-7800  |  Fax: 303-894-7764  |  Email: dora_mentalhealthboard@state.co.us

 

Board Members:

  • Lisa Trautwein, Chair
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2026

  • Laura Schwartz, LCSW, Vice-Chair
    Professional Member |Term Expires: June 30, 2024

  • Lorraine Bockman, LCSW
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2026

  • Joshua Jones
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2024

  • Renee Long
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2026

  • Rodrigo Morendez, LCSW
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2025 

  • Jennifer Silva, LCSW
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2025

  • Lisa Trautwein
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2026

Public Notices

Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - September 16, 2022

The State Board of Social Work Examiners will hold an Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing to allow stakeholders a final opportunity to provide testimony before the Board considers adopting multiple proposed new and revised rules to implement Colorado Senate Bill 22-116 (Concerning the ability of an individual to obtain an occupational credential through the occupational credential portability program); Colorado House Bill 22-1284 (Concerning updates to state surprise billing laws to facilitate the implementation of surprise billing protections, and aligning state law with the federal "No Surprises Act"); Executive Order D 2022-032 (Directing State Agencies to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care in Colorado); and Executive Order D 2022-034 (Protecting Colorado’s Workforce and Expanding Licensing Opportunities). The Board will consider all proposed rules on a permanent basis, and in addition, will consider emergency adoption of the new rules implementing the Executive Orders to comply with the Governor’s 90-day reporting requirements.

 

Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - September 17, 2021

The State Board of Social Work Examiners held a Permanent Rulemaking Hearing on September 17, 2021, that allowed stakeholders a final opportunity to provide feedback before the Board considered adopting revisions to Rule 1.8(B), to implement Colorado Senate Bill 21-077 (Concerning the elimination of verification of an individual's lawful presence in the United States as a requirement for individual credentialing).

 

Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - March 19, 2021

The State Board of Social Work Examiners will hold a VIRTUAL Permanent Rulemaking Hearing to allow stakeholders a final opportunity to provide feedback before the Board considers adopting revisions to Rule 1.6 to implement Colorado House Bill 19-1129 (Prohibiting mental health care providers from engaging in conversion therapy with a patient under eighteen years of age); and revisions to Rules 1.12, 1.23, and Appendix A to correct language in the rules that conflict with portions of the statutes in Colorado House Bill 20-1326 (Concerning an expansion of an individual's ability to practice an occupation in Colorado through creation of an occupational credential portability program) and Colorado Senate Bill (Concerning required disclosures to patients regarding formal actions based on sexual misconduct).

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