A person who has knowledge of any conduct constituting grounds for disciplinary action relating to licensure or the unlicensed practice of the profession of social work under this article may report the violation to the board.
Institutions, professional societies, licensed professionals, insurers authorized to sell insurance within this state, and courts in this state shall report to the board any of the following actions taken by the agency, institution, organization, professional society, insurer, court administrator, judge or other court of competent jurisdiction:
(a) Revocation, suspension, restriction or other condition a licensee's privilege to practice or treat patients or clients, or as part of the organization, or any other disciplinary action for conduct that might constitute grounds for disciplinary action;
(b) Termination, revocation or suspension of membership or any other disciplinary action taken against a licensee;
(c) Conduct that the licensed health professional reasonably believes constitutes grounds for disciplinary action under this chapter by any licensee, including conduct that the licensee may be medically incompetent, or may be medically or physically unable to engage safely in the provision of services;
(d) Malpractice settlements or awards made by an insurer to a plaintiff where the settlement or award involved a licensee or unlicensed practitioner claiming to be a social worker; and
(e) Judgments or other determinations of the court that adjudges or includes a finding that a licensee is mentally ill, mentally incompetent, guilty of a felony, guilty of a violation of federal or state narcotics laws or controlled substances acts, or guilty of an abuse or fraud under medicare or medicaid, or that appoints a guardian of the licensee, or commits a licensee to involuntary treatment, probation or prison.
Any person, official, society, licensed professional, insurer or institution participating in good faith in any act permitted or required by this section is immune from any civil or criminal liability that otherwise might result by reason of the action or actions.
Acts, 2011 Reg. Sess., Ch. 156.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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