.30 Social Work Services.

A. Services Provided. The nursing home shall provide or make arrangements for services to identify and meet the resident’s medically related physical, social, and behavioral health needs.

B. Social Work Staff Responsibility.

(1) Social services responsibilities in the nursing home shall be assigned to a:

(a) Licensed bachelor social worker;

(b) Licensed graduate social worker;

(c) Licensed certified social worker; or

(d) Licensed certified social worker–clinical.

(2) If the social worker is not a licensed certified social worker (LCSW) or a licensed certified social worker-clinical (LCSW-C), the nursing home shall arrange for an LCSW or LCSW-C to provide sufficient hours of supervision.

(3) As of January 1, 2021, a license is required for an employee to provide social services except if:

(a) On the effective date of these regulations, the employee was assigned responsibility for social services; and

(b) The nursing home has an agreement with a qualified social work consultant that provides for sufficient hours of supervision to assure that the employee’s services meet the medically related physical, social, and behavioral health needs of the residents.

C. Social History. Within 7 days after admission, the social worker shall initiate a written social history, which shall be as complete as possible and shall include:

(1) Social data about personal and family background to provide understanding of the resident and how the resident functions;

(2) Information regarding current personal and family circumstances and attitudes as they relate to the resident’s illness and care; and

(3) Information regarding the resident’s and family’s plans regarding discharge.

D. Records. Records shall include the information required in §C of this regulation.

E. Space. A nursing home shall provide:

(1) Space for social work personnel, accessible to residents, medical, and other staff; and

(2) Privacy for interviews.