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Social Work Compact

Monday, July 11, 2022 4:21 PM | Jodi Hogue (Administrator)

As you know, CSWA has been involved in the development of a Compact which would allow clinical social workers to practice in all states that join the Compact without having to become licensed in individual states. For the past 8 months, Laura Groshong, CSWA Director of Policy and Practice, and I have attended the Social Work Compact Technical Advisory Committee meetings monthly, sponsored by the Department of Defense and Council of State Governments.

A document for the Compact has been created which is now available for review by the public, including CSWA members. I encourage all CSWA members to attend one of the two webinars which will be held on July 30 at noon ET and September 8 at 3 pm ET for more detailed information on the Compact. Keith Buckhout and Matt Shafer of the Council of State Governments will be available to explain the process and answer your questions. Registration for these webinars will be on the CSWA website shortly.

Among the issues that will be addressed are:

  • What is an interstate compact?
  • How do states use interstate compacts?
  • How do states join a compact?
  • How many states are required for a compact to be in effect?
  • What are the benefits of a compact?
  • How do compacts preserve state sovereignty?
  • Where do states obtain legal authority to enter compacts?
  • How are compacts administered and enforced?
  • What are the steps in the compact development process?
  • How long can it take to implement a compact?
  • How are compacts funded?

To review the document before the webinars, go to

To submit comments or feedback on the draft, please fill out the online survey at

Please let Laura know if you have any questions and watch for an email later this week from our new Administrator, Angela Katona, regarding how to sign up for one of the two webinars.

Kendra Roberson, PhD, LICSW

CSWA President

Laura Groshong, LICSW

CSWA Director, Policy and Practice

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