Displaced Worker Emergency License: Social Worker
When a federal emergency declaration is in effect in another state, a licensed social worker in good standing from the affected state can obtain an emergency license to practice in New Mexico by demonstrating proof of current licensure, completing an application, and providing any other documents requested by the Board of Social Work Examiners. This section is limited to up to 6 months after the declaration.
PROVISIONS FOR EMERGENCY LICENSURE
A. Licensed social workers currently licensed and in good standing, or otherwise meeting the requirements for New Mexico licensure may be licensed in New Mexico during the six months following the declared disaster at no cost upon satisfying the following requirements: (1) receipt by the board of a completed application which has been signed and notarized and which is accompanied by proof of identity, which may include a copy of a drivers license, passport or other photo identification issued by a governmental entity; (2) refer to 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, and 188.8.131.52 NMAC, Qualification of Licensure for licensure requirements; (3) verification of licensure from the state in which the federal disaster has been declared; the verification of licensure must include the following information: (a) copy of transcripts verifying a bachelors or masters degree from a program of social work accredited by the council on social work education; (b) copy of supervision records; (c) verification the applicant has passed the association of social work board (ASWB) exam at the appropriate level for which the applicant is applying; and (d) verification that the license is in good standing with no pending disciplinary action. (4) sworn affidavit that the applicant was personally or professionally effected by the disaster. B. The board may waive the following requirements for licensure: (1) application fees; (2) taking and passing the NM cultural awareness exam prior to licensure; the applicant will be required to take and pass the NM cultural awareness exam within three months from the date the emergency license is issued; the emergency license will automatically expire if the applicant fails to take or fails to pass the NM cultural awareness exam within three months; and (3) fee for the cultural awareness examination. C. The board may waive the specific forms required under 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, and 18.104.22.168 NMAC if the applicant is unable to obtain documentation from the federal declared disaster areas. (1) If the applicant is unable to obtain official transcripts, from a school located in a declared disaster area, the applicant may submit a sworn affidavit from the applicant verifying he has a bachelors or masters degree in social work. (2) For LISW applicants who are unable to obtain verification of supervision from a supervisor located in a declared disaster area the applicant may submit a sworn affidavit from the applicant verifying he has 3600 hours of experience and a minimum of 90 hours of supervision. D. Nothing in this section shall constitute a waiver of the requirements for licensure contained in 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, and 188.8.131.52 NMAC. E. Licenses issued under (the emergency provision) shall expire on July 1, following the date of issue, unless the board or an agent of the board approves a renewal application. Application for renewal shall be made on or before July 1, following the date of issue to avoid late renewal fees. The board reserves the right to request additional documentation, including but not limited to, recommendation forms and work experience verification forms prior to approving license renewal.