51 N.J.R. 945(a)
VOLUME 51, ISSUE 12, JUNE 17, 2019
51 N.J.R. 945(a)
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At the close of the period for comments, the proposing agency may thereafter adopt a proposal, without change, or with changes not in violation of the rulemaking procedures at N.J.A.C. 1:30-6.3. The adoption becomes effective upon publication in the Register of a notice of adoption, unless otherwise indicated in the adoption notice. Promulgation in the New Jersey Register establishes a new or amended rule as an official part of the New Jersey Administrative Code.
LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY > DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS > STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS
Administrative Code Citation
Proposed Amendment: N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.2
Authorized By: State Board of Social Work Examiners, Susan Rischawy, Acting Executive Director.
Authority: N.J.S.A. 45:15BB-11 and P.L. 2017, c. 341.
Calendar Reference: See Summary below for explanation of exception to calendar requirement.
Proposal Number: PRN 2019-074.
Submit comments by August 16, 2019, to:
Susan Rischawy, Acting Executive Director
State Board of Social Work Examiners
124 Halsey Street
PO Box 45033
Newark, NJ 07101
or electronically at: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/Proposals/Pages/default.aspx.
The proposal of the agency follows:
P.L. 2017, c. 341 requires licensed and certified social workers to complete one credit of continuing education in topics concerning prescription opioid drugs every biennial renewal period. These topics would have to include the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion. The Board of Social Work Examiners (Board) proposes to amend N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.2 to effectuate the requirements of P.L. 2017, c. 341.
The Board has provided a 60-day comment period for this notice of proposal. Therefore, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 1:30-3.3(a)5, this notice is excepted from the rulemaking calendar requirement.
The proposed amendment will promote licensed or certified social workers' awareness of the risks of prescription opioids.
The Board does not anticipate that the proposed amendment will have any economic impact. N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.2 already requires licensed and certified social workers to complete continuing education. The proposed amendment will not increase the number of continuing education credits and, therefore, will not impose new costs on licensed or certified social workers.
Federal Standards Statement
A Federal standards analysis is not required because there are no Federal laws or standards applicable to the proposed amendment.
The Board does not believe that the proposed amendment will result in the creation or loss of jobs in the State.
Agriculture Industry Impact
The proposed amendment will have no impact on the agriculture industry in the State.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
Since social workers are individually licensed or certified by the Board, under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (the Act), N.J.S.A. 52:14B-16 et seq., they may be considered "small businesses" for the purposes of the Act.
The proposed amendment imposes no new costs and the Board does not believe that licensed and certified social workers will need to employ any professional services to comply with the requirements of the proposed amendment. The proposed amendment imposes no reporting or recordkeeping requirements but does impose compliance requirements upon licensed and certified social workers as detailed in the Summary above.
The proposed amendment ensures that licensed and certified social workers have education as to the risks of prescription opioids; therefore, no differing compliance requirements are provided to licensed or certified social workers based upon the size of a business.
Housing Affordability Impact Analysis
The proposed amendment will have an insignificant impact on the affordability of housing in New Jersey and there is an extreme unlikelihood that the proposed amendment would evoke a change in the average costs associated with housing because the proposed amendment concerns continuing education requirements for licensed or certified social workers.
Smart Growth Development Impact Analysis
The proposed amendment will have an insignificant impact on smart growth and there is an extreme unlikelihood that the proposed amendment would evoke a change in housing production in Planning Areas 1 or 2, or within designated centers, under the State Development and Redevelopment Plan in New Jersey because the proposed amendment concerns continuing education requirements for licensed or certified social workers.
Racial and Ethnic Community Criminal Justice and Public Safety Impact
The Board has evaluated this rulemaking and determined that it will not have an impact on pretrial detention, sentencing, probation, or parole policies concerning adults and juveniles in the State. Accordingly, no further analysis is required.
Full text of the proposal follows (additions indicated in boldface thus):
SUBCHAPTER 6. CONTINUING EDUCATION
13:44G-6.2 Credit-hour requirements
(a)-(d) (No change.)
(e) Commencing with the biennial renewal period beginning on September 1, 2018, a licensee shall complete at least one of the prescribed contact hours of continuing education as required by (a) above in topics concerning prescription opioid drugs, including the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion.
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