I want to pass along a recent citation of which you may be interested. The facility has 2 full time Social Service staff. One has a Bachelor of Social Work, but is unlicensed. The other has a Master in Psychology. Here is the citation:
“F 251 Qualifications of Social Worker greater than 120 Beds
….this requirement is not met a/e/b: Based on South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 40, Section 40-63-30 a qualified social worker must be licensed to practice social work in the state…..The Administrator was referred to the South Carolina State Laws web page related to social workers must be licensed in the State of South Carolina in order to be identified as a qualified social worker. The Administrator was also referred to the federal guidelines that indicated some State or local laws are more stringent that the Federal requirement on the same issue”
So, if your facility is greater than 120 beds, you must employ a full time LICENSED Bachelor (or Master) of Social Work. The stipulation of requiring a year of supervision was not noted; however, it could have been included as well.
Filed under: Long Term Care/Skilled Nursing Facility, Social Service Assessment Tools/Forms | Tagged: Director of Social Services, F 250, F 251, licensed social worker, qualifed social worker, qualifications of a social worker | 4 Comments »