The Future of Social Work and Mental Health




Psychotherapy and Mid-Level Licensure

VSCSW Legislative Vice President Joseph G. Lynch LCSW has prepared two reports for the VBSW Regulatory Committee and presented the reports to the Board members on July 24, 2015 at the VBSW Board meeting.  The Regulatory Committee was scheduled to consider both issues at their meeting on August 28, 2015.  However the August 28, 2015 meeting was cancelled and as of October 14, 2015 has not been rescheduled.  The two issues are of grave concern to  VSCSW.  The VSCSW is opposed to any changes that in any way diminish the value of the Virginia LCSW license.  To read the reports click on the name of the report below:

1.  “Mid-level” licensure

2.  “Psychotherapy” in the definition of Clinical Social Work in the VBSW Regulations

denial of LCSW application

Click here to read Executive Summary:

Two new Guidance Documents

PQRS 2014 How LCSW/s implement

The VSCSW has reviewed the CMS, CSWA and other resources to gather information to assist in educating LCSW's as they are implementing the PQRS requirements into their clinical practice.  The VSCSW has produced two Guidance Documents to assit LCSW's in implementation of PQRS for 2014:

Document 1 focus on:

1.  A flowchart that visually presents the PQRS process.
2.  A sample CMS 1500 Form that displays the "Claims" reporting option for a client with Major Depressive Disorder.
3.  Several pages from the CMS document "PQRS 2014 Implementation Guide"

Document 2 focuses on:
A table that shows each PQRS measure that LCSW's would use. Also it displays the QDC's for each measure and the frequency that each must be reported.

Click here to go to the documents


LCSW: Agency VS. Non-Agency practice

At the January 3, 2014 meeting of a committee of the Virginia Board of Social Work public comment was made by the VSCSW concering three items that were brought up by another professional association:

1) Licensure Compact for Licensed Clinical Social Workers in jurisdictions that are contiguous to Virginia (similar to existing Nurse Licensure Compact)
2) Repeal of the Code of Virginia § 54.1-3701. Exemption from requirements of licensure.
3) Creating multi-tiered social work licensing to include a license for the practice of Clinical Social Work that is restricted to agency based setting practice.  The qualifications for this license would be sufficient to acquire insurance company reimbursement.

To read the entire VSCSW public comments click here: 

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