Colorado State Board of Social Work Examiners
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IMPORTANT OFFICE CLOSURE ALERT

All Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) Offices at 1560 Broadway, Denver CO are closed to the public indefinitely effective 2pm on March 23rd, 2020. However, DPO staff is still working hard to help all customers remotely. Please contact the Division at dora_dpo_licensing@state.co.us for assistance.

HB20-1206, CONCERNING THE CONTINUATION OF REGULATION OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO), within the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), has been provided the authority by the Colorado State Legislature to create the Mental Health Disciplinary Record Work Group. The Work Group will examine the state’s rules and policies with regard to the retention and use of certain kinds of disciplinary records as it relates to licensing of mental health professionals in the state. The Work Group, created by House Bill 20-1206, will meet throughout the Fall and Winter of 2020, and will make recommendations to the Governor, the Executive Director of DORA and the health committees in the House and Senate about any potential changes the Work Group identifies. 

Welcome to the Social Work Homepage

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

Board Members

Reina Sbarbaro-Gordon, Program Director

  • Tiffany Banks, LCSW, Chair
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2022

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

  • Mario Rodriguez, LCSW
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2021

  • Jennifer Silva, LCSW
    Professional Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2021

  • Lisa Trautwein, Vice-Chair
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2022

  • Barrett Rothe
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2022

  • Mary Walker
    Public Member | Term Expires: June 30, 2024

Public Notices

Stakeholder Meetings - 9/14/20, 9/15/20, Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - 9/18/20

The State Board of Social Work Examiners will hold a Stakeholder Meeting for only Social Work Examiners on September 14th, a Joint Stakeholder Meeting on September 15th, and the Permanent Rulemaking Hearing on September 18th. The upcoming Stakeholder engagements and Rulemaking Hearing concern the implementation of House Bills 20-1206 (Sunset) and 20-1326 (Endorsements), and Senate Bill 20-102 (Patient Disclosures).

  • Social Work Examiners' Stakeholder Meeting - Monday, September 14, 2020, at 11:30 A.M. (MDT) WEBINAR ONLY: Register Here
  • Joint Mental Health Stakeholder Meeting - Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. (MDT) WEBINAR ONLY: Register Here
  • Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - Friday, September 18, 2020, at 9:30 A.M. (MDT) WEBINAR ONLY: Register Here
  • Copies of the Notices, HB20-1206, HB20-1326, SB20-102, and the most current version of the Draft Rules are available for download

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - August 26, 2020

The State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners, State Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners, State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners, State Board of Psychologist Examiners, State Board of Unlicensed Psychotherapists, and State Board of Social Work Examiners held another VIRTUAL Joint Stakeholder Meeting to receive feedback on the implementation of House Bills 20-1206 (Sunset) and 20-1326 (Endorsements), and Senate Bill 20-102 (Patient Disclosures regarding Sexual Misconduct).

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. (MDT)
  • Click here to listen/watch the webinar recording of this meeting.
  • A copy of the Notice, HB20-1206, HB20-1326, SB20-102, and updated versions of the proposed Draft Rules for Addiction Counselors, Marriage/Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Unlicensed Psychotherapists, and Social Workers are available for download.   

 

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - July 30, 2020

The State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners, State Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners, State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners, State Board of Psychologist Examiners, State Board of Unlicensed Psychotherapists, and State Board of Social Work Examiners held a VIRTUAL Joint Stakeholder Meeting to receive feedback on the implementation of House Bills 20-1206 (Sunset) and 20-1326 (Endorsements), and Senate Bill 20-102 (Patient Disclosures).

Legislative Updates
Meeting Minutes

 

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