Two bills are currently moving through the legislative process that would support the child and family services workforce.
Ohio Senate Bill (SB) 131, sponsored by Senators Roegner and McColley, which would require Ohio to have occupational licensing reciprocity with other states, has passed out of the Senate x-x.
The legislation would allow out-of-state licensees in good standing to obtain an Ohio license to practice their profession. It would require applicable licensure boards, including the CSWMFT Board, to grant a license to an applicant with an existing out-of-state license if certain conditions are met.
You can find more about the legislation here. It now moves to the House for consideration.
Legislation that would redesign requirements for certain foster care staff takes another step toward the Governor’s desk. Today, Ohio Senate Bill (SB) 239, which would change the prerequisites for becoming a treatment foster care staffperson passed the Ohio House of Representatives x-x.
The most recent iteration of the legislation contains two major changes. First, this version requires ODJFS to approve professional treatment staff trainings which agencies will be able to temporarily host while the Department creates a formal training program. The second is that ODJFS will be required to work with private agencies in establishing the formal training program, but no workgroup will be created to fulfill this purpose.
You can read the most updated version of the legislation here.
Now, the Senate must concur on the House amendments and then the legislation will head to the Governor’s office to be signed into law.