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36-26-32Grounds for denial, revocation, suspension, or cancellation of license.

The board may deny, revoke, suspend, or cancel any license or application for licensure to practice as a certified social worker, social worker, or social work associate and may take such other disciplinary or corrective action as the board deems appropriate upon any one or more of the following grounds:

(1)    The licensee or applicant is guilty of fraud in the practice of social work or fraud or deceit in the licensee's admission to the practice of social work;

(2)    The licensee or applicant has been convicted during the past five years of a felony. The conviction of a felony shall be the conviction of any offense, which if committed within the State of South Dakota would constitute a felony under the laws thereof;

(3)    The licensee or applicant is engaged in the practice of social work under a false or assumed name and has not registered that name pursuant to chapter 37-11, or is impersonating another practitioner of a like or different name;

(4)    The licensee or applicant is addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors, narcotics or stimulants to such an extent as to incapacitate him or her from the performance of his or her professional duties;

(5)    The physical or mental condition of the licensee or applicant is determined by a competent medical examiner to be such as to jeopardize or endanger those who seek relief from the licensee or applicant. A majority of the board may demand an examination of the licensee or applicant by a competent medical examiner selected by the board at the board's expense. If the licensee or applicant fails to submit to the examination, this shall constitute immediate grounds for suspension of the licensee's license or denial of the application for licensure;

(6)    The licensee or applicant has been found in violation of the code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers;

(7)    Obtaining or attempting to obtain a license, certificate, or renewal thereof by bribery or fraudulent representation;

(8)    Knowingly making a false statement in connection with any application under this chapter;

(9)    Knowingly making a false statement on any form promulgated by the board in accordance with this chapter or the rules promulgated under this chapter;

(10)    The licensee or applicant has violated any provision of this chapter or the rules promulgated under this chapter; and

(11)    Cancellation, revocation, suspension, or refusal to renew a certificate, license, or permit to engage in the practice of social work in any other state for any cause.

Source: SL 1975, ch 22, § 29; SL 2010, ch 195, § 1; SL 2015, ch 200, § 2.

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