SUMMARY OF: A Sunset Review of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Board of Social Work Examiners, September 30, 2009

Purpose of the Report

In accordance with Title 24 and Title 44 of the Alaska Statutes, we have reviewed the activities of the Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE). As required by state law, the legislative committees of reference are to consider this report when considering whether to extend the termination date for BSWE. Currently under AS 08.03.010(c)(6), the board will terminate on June 30, 2010. If the legislature does not extend the termination date for the board, BSWE will have one year to conclude its administrative operations.

Report Conclusions

BSWE should continue to regulate clinical, master, and baccalaureate social workers. The board is serving the public interest by promoting the competence and integrity of those who provide services to the public as licensed social workers. BSWE continues to enforce and propose changes to regulations to improve BSWE’s effectiveness and ensure that social workers are appropriately licensed.

Several deficiencies were noted in the administrative support provided to BSWE staff within the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing. The information contained in the annual reports was often inaccurate and incomplete. The methodologies used to account for BSWE revenues and expenditures were inconsistent and, in some cases, inaccurate.

Findings and Recommendations

1. The division’s professional licensing administrative officer should take steps to improve administrative support.