Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act. Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Social Work Examining and Disciplinary Board shall not request, inquire into, or consider certain criminal history records in connection with an application for licensure. Provides that a period of 5 years after a conviction of any felony or of a misdemeanor directly related to the practice of the profession, or 3 years since release from confinement, is prima facie evidence of rehabilitation. Requires the Department to consider certain mitigating factors and evidence of rehabilitation for applicants for licensure. Requires the Department, upon denial of a license, to provide the applicants certain information concerning the denial. Requires the Department to issue an annual report on certain information concerning granting or denial of license applications. Provides that the Department may refuse to issue or renew a license or may suspend, revoke, or place on probation or take other action on a license for certain criminal history for current licensees. Effective July 1, 2018.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the introduced bill with the following changes: Provides that the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Social Work Examining and Disciplinary Board shall not require applicants to report and shall not consider (rather than shall not request information about, inquire into, or consider) certain criminal history records in connection with an application for licensure. Makes changes concerning the criminal history records that are listed. Removes language providing that certain periods after conviction of a felony or misdemeanor or since release from confinement shall be prima facie evidence of sufficient rehabilitation for the purpose of issuing a license. Makes changes in provisions requiring the Department to consider certain mitigating factors and evidence of rehabilitation to determine whether a prior conviction will impair the ability of the applicant to engage in the position for which a license is sought. Removes language providing that it is the affirmative obligation of the Department to demonstrate that a prior conviction would impair the ability of the applicant to engage in the practice requiring a license. Makes changes in notice requirements by the Department when denying an applicant based upon a conviction or convictions in whole or in part. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.