N.J.S.A. 2C:21-20.4 – Unauthorized Practice of Social Work; Third Degree Crime.

2C:21-20.4 – Unauthorized Practice of Social Work; Third Degree Crime.

3. A person is guilty of a crime of the third degree if he is required to be licensed or certified to practice social work pursuant to the “Social Workers’ Licensing Act of 1991,” P.L.1991, c.134 (C.45:15BB-1 et seq.), and he knowingly does not possess a license or certification, or knowingly has had such license or certification suspended, revoked or otherwise limited by an order entered into by the State Board of Social Work Examiners, and he:

a. engages in the practice of social work;

b. exceeds the scope of practice permitted by the board order;

c. holds himself out to the public or any person as being eligible to engage in that practice;

d. engages in any activity for which such license or certification is a necessary prerequisite; or

e. practices social work under a false or assumed name or falsely impersonates another person licensed or certified by the board. This section shall not apply to any person who is authorized to practice social work without a license or certification pursuant to the “Social Workers’ Licensing Act of 1991,” P.L.1991, c.134 (C.45:15BB-1 et seq.) or any other applicable law.

L.2013, c.168, s.3.

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