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Board of Social Work Examiners

Important notice regarding Behavior Health Voucher Program

COVID-19 Updates

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Examination Updates:

COVID-19 continues to effect the scheduling of some exams. If you have questions about your registration, please contact ASWB directly.  Information may be found at the following link to ASWB.

Telehealth:
Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-34 of the Governor of South Dakota, the social work licenses of all member states of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) are recognized in South Dakota for the duration of the Order, through June 30, 2021, unless sooner terminated or extended. At the time of this posting, members of EMAC include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Individuals holding a social work license in any of those states or territories can practice in South Dakota by virtue of the Order. Anyone practicing in South Dakota is subject to all rules and regulations surrounding the practice of social work in South Dakota.

The South Dakota Board of Social Work is aware of the disruptions the COVID-19 is causing in the workplace and many questions on telehealth or teletherapy have been directed towards the licensure Board because of this issue. At this time, telehealth is not specifically addressed in the South Dakota Statutes and Administrative Rules governing the practice of Social Work.   

However, the South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners has adopted the NASW Code of Ethics as approved by the 1996 NASW Delegate Assembly and revised by the NASW Delegate Assembly in 2017. 

You may find it helpful to reference:  Ethical Standards section 1.04 Competence (e)
“(e) Social workers who use technology in providing social work services should comply with the laws governing technology and social work practice in the jurisdiction in which they are regulated and located and, as applicable, in the jurisdiction in which the client is located.”

You may wish to also contact the licensing Board in the state in which the client is located as we do not regulate and cannot provide any guidance on other state’s licensure requirements or regulations.  

We understand each of you may have unique circumstances, however the Board is not in the position to provide guidance on these individual circumstances. You may find it helpful to work with your employer’s legal counsel on your individual circumstance as the South Dakota licensing Board is not allowed to provide private legal advice relating to interpretation of statutes and rules.

Here is a link to the complete NASW Code of Ethics: https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics
Here is a link where you can found South Dakota Statutes: http://sdlegislature.gov/statutes/Codified_laws/DisplayStatute.aspx?Statute=36-26&Type=Statute
Here is a link where you can find the Administrative Rules: https://sdlegislature.gov/rules/DisplayRule.aspx?Rule=20:59&Type=All   

Processing of Applications:

Traditionally, out-of-state CSW-PIP applications are subject to full Board approval at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board. To accommodate the need for timely licensure, all applications will be processed in the Board office and will not be subject to full Board approval but rather approval by one member of the Board thus increasing the speed of licensure. 

The Board office is working diligently to make sure completed applications are processed within 3 business days or sooner.

Please contact this office should you encounter an issue obtaining any of the required documentation for your application and we will review those issues individually to see if we may be of assistance. Most Universities are still sending transcripts electronically.

Please visit our “find forms” section here: https://dss.sd.gov/licensingboards/socialwork/forms.aspx to obtain an application and review the checklist to ensure you have requested all required documentation to accompany your application.

Resources: 

In an effort to keep informed about the changing circumstances of COVID-19, below are resources that are routinely updated:

The Board is working to assist you during this unprecedented time.  Please email or call if you have any questions.

Board of Social Work Examiners
Carol Tellinghuisen
Executive Director

810 N. Main St. Suite 298 
Spearfish, SD 57783
Phone: 605.642.1600
Fax: 605.722.1006 
Email: proflic@rushmore.com

The mission of the South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners is to protect the health and safety of the consumer public by licensure of qualified persons, enforcement of the statutes, rules and regulations governing the practice of social work, including the appropriate resolution of complaints.

Board Members
Karen Chesley, CSW-PIP - President - Sioux Falls
Michael Forgy, CSW-PIP - Secretary/Treasurer - Rapid City
Todd Herrboldt, CSW-PIP - Board Member - Sioux Falls
Jennifer Gray, CSW-PIP - Board Member - Ft. Pierre
Sharon Stratman, SW - Board Member - Yankton
Abby Rehorst, Lay Member - Spearfish
Kim Brakke, Lay Member - Pierre

Additional Information
View upcoming board meetings and meeting minutes on the Boards and Commissions portal.

View archived meeting minutes prior to 2015.