Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 337
Psychologists--Professional Counselors--Social Workers
Section 337.649

August 28, 2013


Documentation and disciplinary action prohibited, when--request to destroy documentation permitted, when--disclosure of complaint not required, when.

337.649. 1. If the committee finds merit to a complaint by an individual incarcerated or under the care and control of the department of corrections or by an individual who has been ordered to be taken into custody, detained, or held under sections 632.480 to 632.513 and takes further investigative action, no documentation may appear on file or disciplinary action may be taken in regards to the licensee's license unless the provisions of subsection 2 of section 337.630 have been violated. Any case file documentation that does not result in the committee filing an action under and pursuant to subsection 2 of section 337.630 shall be destroyed within three months after the final case disposition by the committee. No notification to any other licensing board in another state or any national registry regarding any investigative action shall be made unless the provisions of subsection 2 of section 337.630 have been violated.

2. Upon written request of the social worker subject to a complaint, prior to August 28, 2007, by an individual incarcerated or under the care and control of the department of corrections or prior to August 28, 2009, by an individual who has been ordered to be taken into custody, detained, or held under sections 632.480 to 632.513 that did not result in the committee filing an action under and pursuant to subsection 2 of section 337.630, the committee and the division of professional registration shall in a timely fashion:

(1) Destroy all documentation regarding the complaint;

(2) Notify any other licensing board in another state or any national registry regarding the board's actions if they have been previously notified of the complaint; and

(3) Send a letter to the licensee that clearly states that the committee found the complaint to be unsubstantiated, that the committee has taken the requested action, and notify the licensee of the provisions of subsection 3 of this section.

3. Any person who has been the subject of an unsubstantiated complaint as provided in subsection 1 or 2 of this section shall not be required to disclose the existence of such complaint in subsequent applications or representations relating to their social work professions.

(L. 2007 H.B. 555 337.640 merged with S.B. 272, A.L. 2009 H.B. 866)


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