As of June 23, 2021
TO ALL INDIVIDUALS HOLDING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES EMERGENCY GRADUATE LICENSES - NOTICE OF PROGRAM DISCONTINUATION
This notice is to advise you that pursuant to the Division of Consumer Affairs' Administrative Order No. 2020-12, the Acting Director is discontinuing the program that allows certain recent social work and counseling graduates to obtain emergency graduate licenses. The Division will no longer accept ANY new applications for these emergency graduate licenses, effective June 23, 2021.
Additionally, with the discontinuation of this program, the Acting Director is hereby notifying emergency graduate licensees that you must take and pass your applicable licensing examination by September 30, 2021, and obtain your standard license by October 30, 2021, in order to avoid a gap in licensure. In other words, you may continue to practice in New Jersey under your emergency graduate licenses until September 30, 2021; if you have passed your exam by September 30, you may continue to practice until October 30, at which point you must have a standard license in order to practice in the state.
More specifically, emergency graduate license holders:
Who graduated with a master's degree or doctorate in social work from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education must take and pass the applicable examination by September 30, 2021, and obtain a standard license by October 30, 2021, consistent with paragraph 4 of Administrative Order No. 2020-12.
Who graduated 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 must take and pass the applicable examination by September 30, 2021, and obtain a standard license by October 30, 2021. Although paragraph 4 of Administrative Order No. 2020-12 indicated that at the end of the emergency graduate licensing program, these individuals would need to "take and pass the next available examination, and obtain their standard license within 30 days thereafter," these exams are currently administered monthly, and the Acting Director has determined that it is appropriate to allow these individuals until September 30 to take and pass the exam.