Social Worker and Social Worker Associate - Rules in Progress

Rules in Progress

The rules writing process is open to the public. The public is welcome to take part in helping us write rules. Rules are also known as regulations, Washington Administrative Code, or WAC. The rule-making process includes public notices and workshops, and usually a public hearing before a rule becomes final.

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Current rules in progress

The Department of Health (department) has filed the following CR-101s with the Office of the Code Reviser to continue the work to increase the behavioral health workforce by reducing barriers to licensure and streamlining the credentialing process. 

WSR 24-10-010 (PDF) on April 18, 2024, for chapter 246-809 WAC. The department is considering amending, repealing, or creating new sections in chapter 246-809 WAC to implement recent legislation by establishing: (1) a directory to help mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, and social worker associates find supervisors; (2) standards for supervision of associates; (3) a stipend program to offset some costs of supervision; and (4) other changes as appropriate.

WSR 24-10-012 (PDF) on April 18, 2024, for chapter 246-809 WAC.  The department is considering rule amendments to implement legislation, including 2SHB 1724, SHB 1069, SHB 1939, and E2SHB 2247. To implement this legislation, the department will consider (1) reducing or removing barriers to entering and remaining in the behavioral health care workforce, (2) measures to streamline and shorten the credentialing process, (3) implementing interstate licensing compacts, (4) removing renewal limits for associate level credentials, and (5) other amendments to the chapter as appropriate. This may include amending or reducing continuing education requirements, allowing professional experience to substitute for clinical practicum experience, or addressing other issues raised by the department, partners, or interested parties. Existing rules may be amended or repealed, and new sections of rules may be adopted.

As part of the rulemaking process, the department welcomes your participation in a series of rulemaking workshops. During the workshops we welcome ideas, concerns, and general comments on how to best develop regulations pertaining to the proposed amendments. You will be notified through GovDelivery of these workshops as they are scheduled.

For more information, email Program Manager Lana Crawford (

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