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Public Act 102-0326


Public Act 0326 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY



Public Act 102-0326
SB1632 EnrolledLRB102 15447 SPS 20810 b

    AN ACT concerning regulation.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Clinical Social Work and Social Work
Practice Act is amended by changing Sections 5, 8, 9A, and 11
as follows:
    (225 ILCS 20/5)  (from Ch. 111, par. 6355)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 5. Powers and duties of the Department. Subject to
the provisions of this Act, the Department shall exercise the
following functions, powers, and duties:
        (1) Conduct or authorize examinations to ascertain the
    qualifications and fitness of candidates for a license to
    engage in the independent practice of clinical social work
    and in the practice of social work, pass upon the
    qualifications of applicants for licenses, and issue
    licenses to those who are found to be fit and qualified.
        (2) Adopt rules required for the administration and
    enforcement of this Act.
        (3) Adopt rules for determining approved undergraduate
    and graduate social work degree programs and prepare and
    maintain a list of colleges and universities offering such
    approved programs whose graduates, if they otherwise meet
    the requirements of this Act, are eligible to apply for a
        (4) Prescribe forms to be issued for the
    administration and enforcement of this Act consistent with
    and reflecting the requirements of this Act and rules
    adopted pursuant to this Act.
        (5) Conduct investigations related to possible
    violations of this Act.
        (6) Maintain rosters of the names and addresses of all
    persons who hold valid licenses under this Act. These
    rosters shall be available upon written request and
    payment of the required fee.
(Source: P.A. 100-414, eff. 8-25-17.)
    (225 ILCS 20/8)  (from Ch. 111, par. 6358)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 8. Examination.
    (1) The Department shall authorize examinations of
applicants at such times and places as it may determine. Each
examination shall be of a character to fairly test the
competence and qualifications of the applicants to practice as
a licensed clinical social worker or as a licensed social
    (2) Applicants for examination shall pay, either to the
Department or to the designated testing service, a fee
covering the cost of determining the applicant's eligibility
and of providing the examination. Failure to appear for the
examination on the scheduled date at the time and place
specified after the applicant's application for examination
has been received and acknowledged by the Department or the
designated testing service shall result in forfeiture of the
examination fee.
    (3) (Blank).
    (4) The Department may employ consultants for the purpose
of preparing and conducting examinations.
    (5) An applicant has one year from the date of
notification of successful completion of the examination to
apply to the Department for a license. If an applicant fails to
apply within one year, the examination scores shall be void
and the applicant shall be required to take and pass the
examination again unless licensed in another jurisdiction of
the United States within one year of passing the examination.
    (6) (Blank). Applicants for a license as a licensed social
worker enrolled in an approved program for a master's degree
in social work may sit for the authorized examination for
licensed social workers in the final semester of the program
for a master's degree in social work without prior approval of
the Department. The Department may adopt rules to administer
this paragraph (6). Applicants for a license as a licensed
social worker must still meet all requirements set forth in
Section 9A.
(Source: P.A. 101-568, eff. 1-1-20.)
    (225 ILCS 20/9A)  (from Ch. 111, par. 6359A)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 9A. Qualifications for license as licensed social
worker. A person shall be qualified to be licensed as a
licensed social worker if that person:
        (1) has applied in writing on the prescribed form;
        (2) is of good moral character, as defined in
    subsection (2) of Section 9;
        (3)(a) has a degree from a graduate program of social
    work approved by the Department; or
        (b) has a degree in social work from an undergraduate
    program approved by the Department and has successfully
    completed at least 3 years of supervised professional
    experience subsequent to obtaining the degree as
    established by rule. If no supervision by a licensed
    social worker or a licensed clinical social worker is
    available, then supervised professional experience may
    include supervision by other appropriate disciplines as
    defined by rule;
        (4) (blank); and has passed the examination for the
    practice of social work as a licensed social worker as
    authorized by the Department; and
        (5) has paid the required fees.
(Source: P.A. 100-414, eff. 8-25-17.)
    (225 ILCS 20/11)  (from Ch. 111, par. 6361)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 11. Licenses; renewal; restoration; person in
military service; inactive status.
    (a) The expiration date and renewal period for each
license issued under this Act shall be set by rule. The
licensee may renew a license during the 60-day period
preceding its expiration date by paying the required fee and
by demonstrating compliance with any continuing education
requirements. The Department shall adopt rules establishing
minimum requirements of continuing education and means for
verification of the completion of the continuing education
requirements. The Department may, by rule, specify
circumstances under which the continuing education
requirements may be waived.
    (b) Any person who has permitted a license to expire or who
has a license on inactive status may have it restored by
submitting an application to the Department and filing proof
of fitness, as defined by rule, to have the license restored,
including, if appropriate, evidence which is satisfactory to
the Department certifying the active practice of clinical
social work or social work in another jurisdiction and by
paying the required fee.
    (b-5) If the person has not maintained an active practice
in another jurisdiction which is satisfactory to the
Department, the Department shall determine the person's
fitness to resume active status. The Department may also
require the person to complete a specific period of evaluated
clinical social work or social work experience and may require
successful completion of an examination for clinical social
    (b-7) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any
person whose license expired while on active duty with the
armed forces of the United States, while called into service
or training with the State Militia or in training or education
under the supervision of the United States government prior to
induction into the military service may have his or her
license restored without paying any renewal fees if, within 2
years after the honorable termination of that service,
training or education, except under conditions other than
honorable, the Department is furnished with satisfactory
evidence that the person has been so engaged and that the
service, training or education has been so terminated.
    (c) A license to practice shall not be denied any
applicant because of the applicant's race, religion, creed,
national origin, political beliefs or activities, age, sex,
sexual orientation, or physical impairment.
    (d) (Blank).
    (e) (Blank).
    (f) (Blank).
    (g) The Department shall indicate on each license the
academic degree of the licensee.
(Source: P.A. 95-687, eff. 10-23-07.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2022