Opinion: Gov. Hogan Must Help Maryland Social Work Students Out of Limbo

From Maryland Matters:


As Marylanders retreat indoors to keep safe from COVID-19, healthcare and social workers across the state are stepping up (and out of their homes) to help infected and at-risk patients.

But hundreds of students wrapping up social work programs have been caught in licensing limbo because unexpected hurdles stand in the way of their going to work to help in the pandemic.

This year’s graduating classes want to protect their communities against the novel coronavirus but can’t get their fingerprints scanned due to “essential business” restrictions put into place by the state government.

Maryland’s elected officials must move quickly and decisively to help students navigate through these requirements and join the fight against COVID-19.