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The Colorado State Board of Social Work Examiners regulates Licensed Social Workers and Clinical Social Workers in the state. Board activities include review of licensure applications, complaints and enforcement of disciplinary actions against those found to have violated the Mental Health Practice Act or board rule. The Board is made up of seven members, three public and four professional, who meet six times per year.
Are you looking to expand your involvement in the Mental Health profession? Are you interested in sharing your expertise with a colleague? If so, perhaps you should become a Practice Monitor and help other Mental Health professionals gain control of their careers. Peer Assistance Services, Inc. has organized a free Practice Monitor training for the Colorado Mental Health Boards. If you are interested in this opportunity, please read the brochure for more information.
The Colorado Mental Health Boards have been authorized to contract with Peer Assistance Services, Inc. for the Mental Health Professional Peer Health Assistance Program. This program is available to all licensed/certified/registered Colorado mental health professionals who have physical, emotional, or psychological conditions. Program services include practice and treatment monitoring, identification and evaluation of conditions, counseling and support for treatment, and prevention education. These program services are funded for Colorado mental health professionals through a portion of licensing fees. Visit their website at Peer Assistance Services.
The Division is now called the Division of Professions and Occupations, effective August 8, 2012. To help our consumers and licensees more readily locate and utilize our services, the legislature passed House Bill 12-1055 during the 2012 legislative session. Please note, the Division of Professions and Occupations will still be housed within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Services the Division currently offers will remain the same.
Don't forget to update your CPD prior to renewing your license expiring August 31, 2013.
Use the CPD/HPPP portal to:
Reset your Password
Change a military exemption or deem status, if applicable
Access the Professional Practice Survey/Rubric
Create, update and submit your Learning Plan.
Once you have met the program requirements, you will see a green light on the homepage of your user account indicating that you have met the 2013 CPD requirements.
Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.
During the 2013 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed SB 13-207. This bill allows mental health professionals licensed by Article 43 of Title 12 of the Colorado Revised Statutes or those who are certified addiction counselor IIIs with adequate training to perform auricular acudetox. Certified addiction counselor level I, II and registered psychotherapists are not allowed by law to provide these services. For the complete language in the bill, please visit the Colorado General Assembly page by clicking here.
Other bills that passed are HB 13-1104 and SB 13-111. HB 13-1104 removes the requirement to verbally provide mandatory disclosure information to the client. For complete language in the bill, please visit the Colorado General Assembly page by clicking here.
SB 13-111 requires mandatory reporting of the abuse or exploitation of at-risk elders. For the complete language in the bill click here. Each year an estimated 2.1 million elderly adults are victims of abuse or neglect. And, for every reported case, as many as five cases go unreported. Physical and sexual assault, financial and other forms of exploitation and caretaker neglect are just some of the mistreatments faced by elderly individuals. The cornerstone of preventing elder abuse is awareness and education. A new law will go into effect on July 1, 2014 that will require certain professional groups to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk elders to law enforcement. The new law also allows for legal penalties for non-reporting by mandated reporters. The Colorado Department of Human Services, Adult Protective Services (Colorado APS) is offering online training. To access the training, click here. You can also access the training at www.coloradoaging.com
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