To meet the increased demand for certain mental health care professionals during the current state of emergency and public health emergency, the State of New Jersey is licensing those who have graduated within the last six months, with an extra 90-day grace period for those who graduated on or after December 1, 2019, from masters and doctoral-level social work and counseling programs located in any state who have not yet taken their licensing exams.  

Until further notice, the Division will be granting emergency graduate licenses to,

Licensed Social Workers who have graduated within six months preceding the date of application (and until Monday, October 12, those who graduated on or after December 1, 2019) with a master’s degree or doctorate in social work from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) located in any state who have not yet taken the applicable licensing examination; and

Licensed Associate Counselors who have graduated within six months preceding the date of application (and until Monday, October 12, those who graduated on or after December 1, 2019) with a master’s degree or doctorate in counseling from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or an institution accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), who have not yet taken the applicable licensing examination.

The Division is waiving fee submission and criminal history background check requirements for both groups of mental health care graduates.

Holders of emergency graduate LSW and LAC licenses must work under supervision and will be required to sit for an examination within 90 days, and obtain their standard license within 120 days, of the date the Division determines the respective examinations become available.

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