Michigan Board of Social Work

The Michigan Board of Social Workers was created under Article 16 of Public Act 299 of 1980, as amended, the Occupational Code, to register social workers in Michigan. Public Act 11 of 2000 transferred the Board of Social Work, and its authority, to the Public Health Code, Public Act 61 of 2004, as amended to require social workers to become licensed.
 
Social Work is defined as the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques to counseling or to helping an individual, family, group, or community to enhance or restore the capacity for social functioning and/or provide, obtain, or improve tangible social and health services.
 
The Public Health Code mandates certain responsibilities and duties for a health professional licensing board. Underlying all duties is the responsibility of the board to promote and protect the public's health, safety, and welfare. The Board implements this responsibility by ascertaining minimal entry level competency of health practitioners. The Board also has the obligation to take disciplinary action against licensees who have adversely affected the public's health, safety, and welfare.
The Board consists of 9 members: 6 individuals engaged primarily in the practice of social work and 3 public members. Each board member serves 4 year terms.
Statute
Contact Information
LARA – Bureau of Professional Licensing
Phone:  (517) 373-8068
FAX:  (517) 241-2389
Web:  www.michigan.gov/bpl
Email:  BPL-BoardSupport@michigan.gov
 
Members  
Pamela Kay Manela, Novi
Individuals engaged primarily in the practice of social work
Term ends 12/31/18

Constance Squires, Caledonia
General Public
Term ends 12/31/18
 
Shelley Ovink, Ishpeming
Certified social worker
Term ends 12/31/19
 
Brittany Risk, Plymouth
Certified social worker
Term ends 12/31/19
 
Brian Philson, Horton
Certified social worker
Term end 12/31/20
 
Marc Milburn, Houghton Lake
General public
Term ends 12/31/20
 
Michael Fiorillo, Royal Oak
Individuals engaged primarily in the practice of social work
Term ends 12/31/21
 
Christine Nelson, Charlotte
General public
Term ends 12/31/21
 
Larry Herren, Farmington
Individuals engaged primarily in the practice of social work
Term ends 12/31/21