July 17, 2020: Important Announcement
REGARDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 1 FY 20/21:
AN ORDER SUSPENDING ENFORCEMENT OF
CERTAIN LICENSING STATUTES AND RULES
On July 7th, 2020, Governor Mills signed Executive Order 1 FY 20/21 (AN ORDER SUSPENDING ENFORCEMENT OF PROVISIONS OF CERTAIN LICENSING STATUES AND RULES ).
You can view the order in its entirety by clicking EO 1 FY 20/21 suspending enforcement of certain statutes and rules for counselors and social workers.
Of particular interest is Order I section A that states: “Provisional, temporary, or conditional licenses due to expire on or after March 1, 2020 shall remain active until 90 days after the conclusion of the declared state of civil emergency or until such time as the holder of such a license passes the required examination or obtains their independent or next level license, whichever shall come first.”
Section A makes it so that staff without full independent licensure get a time extension due to the pandemic caused state of civil emergency.
Additionally is states in Order 1 section C that: “Provisional, temporary, or conditional licensees licensed under Chapters 2, 81, 83 and 119, alcohol and drug counseling aides, certified alcohol and drug counselors, and licensed social workers, who must complete required supervision or consultation hours may complete any of those supervision or consultation hours via video conference or telephone or other audio-only technology until 90 days after the conclusion of the declared state of civil emergency.”
Section C offers staff that are required to obtain hours of clinical supervision, the ability to get those hours through means other than traditional face-to-face supervision.
April 10, 2020: Important Announcement
REGARDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 35:
IMPACT ON LICENSURE RENEWAL AND
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
On April 6th, 2020, Governor Mills signed Executive Order 35 (AN ORDER SUSPENDING ENFORCEMENT OF PROVISIONS OF CERTAIN LICENSING STATUES AND RULES IN ORDER FACILITATE HEALTH CARE AND VETERINARY CARE DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY CREATED BY COVID-19).
You can view the order in its entirety by clicking EO 35 suspending statutes and rules for health care and vet care for COVID-19.
Of particular interest is Order I section E that states: “Any individual who holds a license of the type listed in Paragraph A or B above, including a conditional license, or an active administrator license issued by the Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board, that is scheduled to expire on or before March 20, 2021, may renew that license without satisfying any continuing education requirement that would otherwise apply.”
Please be aware that this order is subject to Order II EFFECIVE DATE that states: “This Order is effective April 6, 2020, and shall remain in effect until rescinded or until the State of Civil Emergency to Protect Public Health is terminated, whichever occurs first.”
So while Order I suspends the continuing education requirements for licenses, once the order is rescinded or the State of Civil Emergency to Protect Public Health is terminated, licenses up for renewal will once again be subject to all of their appropriate board’s previously established laws, rules and requirements.
The Sweetser Training Institute will continue to offer interactive webinars during this period of physical distancing to prepare licensed individuals for that time when orders are rescinded and licensure requirements are reinstated. Furthermore, we are committed to a return to providing the best in face-to-face workshops just as soon as conditions and law permit.
Thank you for all the work you do with and on behalf of the clients around our great state.
Director of Training
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