Felony Conviction Procedure

Procedure for Social Workers with Felony Convictions

  1. The burden of proof for submitting the requested documentation is the responsibility of the BSW or MSW applicants in order to convince the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners that he/she has good moral character and fitness to practice social work.
  2. The BSW or MSW applicant should collect and deliver the following documents to the board office promptly:
    1. copies of all court records containing information of the conviction and the imposition of sentence;
    2. the current name, address, and telephone number of the judge who imposed sentence and who presided at the trial and/or accepted any plea upon which the felony conviction was based;
    3. any documentation or records which reflect the term of any probationary period, the conditions of probation and the fulfillment and completion of all terms and conditions of probation;
    4.  the current name(s), addresses and telephone numbers of any probation officers or persons of similar title or job function to whom the applicant has reported or who has any information concerning the applicant's conduct during any probationary period;
    5. if any form of restitution to a victim or victims was part of a sentence imposed or a condition of probation the applicant must provide the names, current addresses and telephone numbers of any such victim or victims and an affidavit of the applicant that affirms that all required restitution has been completed;
    6. if the sentence included any form of imprisonment, residence at a half-way house, other forms of correctional and/or treatment facilities, the applicant must provide the complete address, names and current addresses of any persons having information relating to the satisfactory completion of any such prison term, residence or treatment, and any related documents. In the event that medical, psychiatric, psychological, substance or alcohol abuse evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation was in any way part of the sentence or a term or condition of probation, the applicant will execute any releases which may be required for the board to obtain information. Such information obtained will be maintained by the board on a confidential basic;
    7. all records or documents relating to any arrest or conviction of any felony or misdemeanor which has occurred at any time since the applicant's original felony conviction or which occurs at any time during which the application is pending or being investigated (this requirement is an ongoing responsibility of the applicant);
    8. any documents, records, or information which the applicant wishes to present in support of his or her application which shows or evidences rehabilitation, positive social contributions, awards, commendations, social or lifestyle adjustments, positive treatment outcomes, employment or academic evaluations, volunteer work or any other area in which the applicant participated which would reflect on the applicant's good moral character and fitness to practice social work. (The applicant should provide the names, current addresses and telephone numbers of any references or persons having information in support of the application. While information in support of an application which occurred prior to the conviction may be submitted, the board will place greater emphasis on supporting documentation and information concerning events which have occurred since the felony conviction.);
    9. true copies of any licenses, certificates to practice or similar documents issued by any board or licensing authority of any other state or the state of Louisiana obtained by the applicant since the date of the felony conviction. The applicant should provide a complete listing of any college, graduate school, trade or business school and employers to whom he or she has made application since the date of the felony conviction. This request includes any applications which were denied for any reason, including the felony conviction.
  3. BSWs and MSWs should be aware of the following:
    1. any delay in providing the requested information will delay the board's action on the application;
    2. providing any false or misleading information, being evasive, concealing or making material omissions, or failing to cooperate shall form a basis for the denial of the application;
    3. in the event that the application is denied by the board, the applicant may request a compliance hearing provided the application for such a hearing is made in writing within 30 days after the applicant receives the notice of the denial of the application. The request shall contain the applicant's receipt of the notice of the denial of the application, and the applicant's grounds for opposition to the denial of the application. The applicant is further aware that at such a hearing the applicant may be represented by legal counsel and the applicant bears the burden to establish that he or she meets the criteria for licensure;
    4. the intent of the above enumerated items is to obtain the information upon which the board will evaluate the application.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants/Speakers of English as a Second Language

  1. Any document required to be submitted to the board with an application for license, certification or registration shall be in the English language, or accompanied by a certified translation thereof into the English language.
  2. As a condition of the board's consideration of the application of a graduate of a foreign college or university, the applicant shall provide the board with a statement from the Council on Social Work Education that the applicant's degree is equivalent to an accredited social work degree in the United States.

Procedures for Applications of Military-trained Applicants or Spouses of Military Personnel, Issuance of Temporary Practice Permits and Priority Processing of Applications

  1. In addition to the application procedures otherwise required by this Section, a military-trained social worker, as specified in §305.E.1, applying for registration, certification or licensure, shall submit with the application:
    1. a copy of the applicant’s military report of transfer or discharge which shows the applicant’s honorable discharge from military service;
    2. the official military document showing the award of a military occupational specialty in social work and a transcript of all military course work, training and examinations in the field of social work;
    3. documentation showing the applicant’s performance of social work services, including dates of service in active practice, at a level which is substantially equivalent to or exceeds the requirements of the social work credential which is the subject of the application;
    4. for applicants seeking LCSW licensure, documentation showing the accumulated supervised experience in social work practice or out-of-state accumulated social work employment as specified by §309.J and K;
    5. an affidavit from the applicant certifying that he or she has not been disciplined in any jurisdiction for an act which would have constituted grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of a license to practice social work in this state at the time the act was committed.
  2. In addition to the application procedures otherwise required by this Rule, a military-trained social worker, as specified in §305.E.2, applying for registration, certification or licensure, shall submit with the application:
    1. a copy of the applicant’s military report of transfer or discharge which shows the applicant’s honorable discharge from military service;
    2. the completion of all forms and presentation of all documentation required for an application pursuant to §319;
    3. for applicants seeking LCSW licensure, documentation showing the accumulated supervised experience in social work practice or out-of-state accumulated social work employment as specified by §309.J and K;
    4. an affidavit from the applicant certifying that he or she has not been disciplined in any jurisdiction for an act which would have constituted grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of a license to practice social work in this state at the time the act was committed.
  3. In addition to the application procedures otherwise required by this Rule, a spouse of a member of the active-duty military forces or a spouse of a former member of the military forces as specified in §305.E.3, applying for registration, certification or licensure, shall submit with the application:
    1. a copy of the current military orders of the military spouse of the applicant and the applicant’s military identification card or a copy of the military report of transfer or discharge of the military spouse of the applicant which shows an honorable discharge from military service;
    2. a copy of the applicant’s marriage license and an affidavit from the applicant certifying that he or she is still married to a military spouse or former military spouse;
    3. the completion of all forms and presentation of all documentation required for an application pursuant to §319;
    4. for applicants seeking LCSW licensure, documentation showing the accumulated supervised experience in social work practice or out-of-state accumulated social work employment as specified by §309.J and K;
    5. an affidavit from the applicant certifying that he or she has not been disciplined in any jurisdiction for an act which would have constituted grounds for refusal, suspension, or revocation of a license to practice social work in this state at the time the act was committed and is in good standing and has not been disciplined by the agency that issued the license, certification, or permit.
    6. documentation demonstrating competency in social work practice at the level which is the subject of the application and/or completion of appropriate continuing education units;
  4. Applicants who present completed applications and the supporting documentation required by this Rule are eligible for a temporary social work practice permit at the level of the applicable social work credential which is the subject of the application. The board, through its staff, will give priority processing to such applications and, subject to verification of applications and supporting documentation, issue the appropriate temporary practice permit not later than 21 days after the completed application is submitted. The temporary social work practice permit authorizes the applicant to practice social work at the designated level of the social work credential, consistent with the verified application and supporting documentation for a period of 90 days from the date of issuance.
  5. As soon as practicable, but not longer than the duration of the applicant’s temporary social work practice permit, the board will grant the application for the applicable social work credential which is the subject of the application or notify the applicant of its denial.
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