ORS 675.583
Duty to report evidence of impairment or unprofessional or prohibited conduct

  • confidentiality of information
  • limitation of liability


Unless state or federal laws relating to confidentiality or the protection of health information prohibit disclosure, a regulated social worker shall report to the State Board of Licensed Social Workers any information the regulated social worker has that appears to show that a regulated social worker is or may be an impaired professional as defined in ORS 676.185 (Definitions for ORS 676), or may have engaged in unprofessional conduct according to the guidelines of the code of ethics, to the extent that disclosure does not conflict with the requirements of ORS 675.580 (Confidentiality of communication by client).


A regulated social worker shall report any prohibited conduct as defined in ORS 676.150 (Duty to report prohibited or unprofessional conduct, arrests and convictions) in the manner provided in ORS 676.150 (Duty to report prohibited or unprofessional conduct, arrests and convictions).


Notwithstanding ORS 676.175 (Complaints and investigations confidential), any information that the board obtains pursuant to subsection (1) of this section is confidential and may not be disclosed except as provided by the board by rule.


A person who reports or provides information to the board under subsection (1) of this section in good faith is not subject to an action for civil damages as a result of reporting or providing information to the board. [1989 c.721 §40; 1997 c.381 §6; 1997 c.791 §15a; 2007 c.70 §299; 2009 c.442 §18; 2009 c.536 §38; 2009 c.697 §19; 2009 c.756 §§89a,89b]


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