Social Work Compact Enacted in 12 States

As of today, the Social Work Licensure Compact has now passed in 12 states. Georgia enacted SB 195 on Thursday, May 2nd, and Iowa enacted HF 2512 on Friday May 3rd, 2024.

Georgia Governor Kemp states, “I could not be prouder of the growth we are witnessing across the state and the amount of opportunity that is being created with it. But every new job created requires a hardworking Georgian to fill it, and thanks to our partners in the General Assembly, we are once again able to take forward-thinking action that keeps our state positioned as a model for the nation in developing our workforce for the jobs of today and the economy of tomorrow.”

The compact was sponsored by Senator Larry Walker in Georgia and the House Committee on Health and Human Services in Iowa.

While multistate licenses are not yet available, the Social Work Compact is also pending in 15 other states, and the first inaugural meeting of the Commission is expected to happen in early fall of 2024. The implementation process for the compact will take approximately 18-24 months before social workers can begin applying for multistate licenses.