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CSWA - Update on DoD-CSG Compact Development - 3-24-21

25 Mar 2021 10:37 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

Today CSWA had its first meeting with members of the Council of State Governments, sponsored by the Department of Defense. For more information, see the original post sent on March 15.

The goal of building a compact for states that want to have reciprocity for clinical social workers was outlined.  This project will take approximately 12-16 months to develop and will then be presented to the legislatures in the states and jurisdictions. Therefore, this project will require at least 2-3 years to be implemented. 

CSWA is very pleased to have the support of DoD and CSG. We will keep you you apprised of the progress of the compact development.



March 15, 2021

Dear CSWA Member,

We are delighted to inform you that we will be working with the US Depa­­­­­­rtment of Defense, National Center of Interstate Compacts and other key social work stakeholders to establish clinical social work reciprocity across states.  This effort has become increasingly important as we work utilizing telemental health; the requirement that we be licensed in the state where the patient is located is burdensome and amounts to restraint of trade.

Below is the message that CSWA received today from the US Department of Defense:

We are excited to inform you that the U.S. Department of Defense has selected your profession to receive technical assistance from The Council of State Governments to develop an interstate compact for occupational licensing portability. Based on the applications received from three organizations representing social work, DoD believes the Association of Social Work Boards is best suited to lead compact development efforts on behalf of the profession.  

However, we believe that CSWA will be a crucial stakeholder in developing a compact for social workers. CSG would like to invite representatives from CSWA to join the compact technical assistance group that will engage in compact development activities jointly with ASWB and other social work regulatory stakeholders.  

Thank you for your commitment to removing barriers to multistate practice for licensed practitioners. We will be in touch in the coming days to set up a call with our team at CSG. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. 


National Center for Interstate Compacts 
The Council of State Governments 
1776 Avenue of the States, Lexington, KY 40511 

CSWA will keep you informed on the progress of this helpful project.

Kendra C. Roberson, PhD, LCSW | President & Education Committee, Social Work Consultant

Laura Groshong, LICSW, CSWA Director, Policy and Practice

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Garrisonville, Virginia  22463

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