How to File A Complaint
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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Why do social workers need to be licensed in North
The Social Work Practice Act was enacted in 1983 to
protect the people in North Dakota who use social work services
and to ensure social workers meet quality standards. Only licensed
individuals may perform social work practice and call themselves
What are my rights as a client?
You have the right to professional, ethical treatment
regardless of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin,
disability, political affiliation, sexual practice, or marital
status. You have
the right to a clear description of services, fees, and billing. Information provided to
a social worker is confidential.
Client records and other client information may not be
released without the client’s written permission, except as
otherwise provided by state and federal law.
How do I file a complaint against a licensed social
If you believe your rights have been violated by a social
worker, you may file a written complaint with the North Dakota
Board of Social Work Examiners.
If you wish to file a complaint, submit the complaint
form or if you have questions about the procedure, contact the
board office at:
PO Box 914
Bismarck, ND 58502-0914