Insurance

Social Workers Professional & Office Liability Insurance

WISCONSIN ACT 80 AND MALPRACTICE INSURANCE – Wisconsin Act 80 requires that licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors must obtain professional liability insurance in order to practice clinical social work, marriage and family therapy or professional counseling.  This requirement however, does not apply to persons practicing clinical social work, marriage and family therapy or professional counseling as an employee of a federal, state or local government agency.  In addition the requirement does not apply if a LCSW, LMFT or LPC is not currently practicing clinical social work, marriage and family therapy or professional counseling.

The minimum amount of insurance required is $1,000,000 for each occurrence and $3,000,000 for all occurrences in one year.  In some case agencies obtain malpractice insurance on behalf of their employees and the question has arisen, do the employees still need to obtain their own malpractice insurance in addition to their agency’s malpractice insurance?  Unfortunately neither the law nor the rules address this question.  At this time, however, the attorney for the Department of Regulation & Licensing is telling licensees that their agency’s malpractice insurance would meet the standards established by Wisconsin Act 80.  On the other hand NASW’s Insurance Trust Department has always advised NASW members to obtain their own personal malpractice insurance in addition to their agency’s malpractice insurance.

NASW Assurance Services, Inc.

NASW Assurance Services, Inc. gives members access to valuable insurance benefits.  It excellent rates on professional liability (malpractice) insurance for members, partnerships, corporations, students, schools and agencies.  It also offers members term life insurance, long-term disability, hospital daily cash benefit and personal accident insurance.

NASW Assurance Services also offers Risk Management workshops, and an online course that offers FREE CEHs, articles and resources to help reduce a social worker’s risk and exposure to an ethics complaint, licensing board complaint or malpractice law suit.

Please visit their website at http://www.naswassurance.org/ or call 1-855-385-2160 for applications and introductory information.