Status Summary

HB6259 was passed in Sen. Higher Ed and referred to Ways and Means on 1/26 The bill was heard in Ways and Means but did not come up for a vote and therefore is dead. (updated 2/15)

Legislative Session

2018

Status

Died

Sponsor

Sen. Ranker

Noting high proportions of student debt (80%) as well as Social Worker attrition, stressful work conditions, and the cumulative impact on the social workers and child welfare system, this bill incentivizes social workers who work in child welfare to enter into and stay in state service with a professional loan repayment program.

After two years of employment at DSHS or DCYF, social workers are eligible to participate in the program.  Each participant is eligible for: 

(a) Quarterly or more frequent payments, as determined by the office, subject to the best use of the funds and continued eligibility for the program; and 

(b) A maximum lifetime award of fifty thousand dollars, for up to a maximum of ten consecutive years, until the loan is repaid

As amended by the Higher Ed & Workforce Development committee, replaced are all references to "credentialed social workers" with "social workers." 

Establishes a pilot program for up to ten embedded social workers to participate in the social work loan repayment program. The pilot program must conclude by June 30, 2023, and at least five of the participants must be selected from the west side of the cascade mountain range. 

Establishes a pilot program for up to ten social work or mental health professionals in local governments to participate in the social work loan repayment program. The pilot program must conclude by June 30, 2023, and at least five of the participants must be selected from the west side of the cascade mountain range. 

Establishes a quarterly maximum payment as $1,250, or the monthly payment equivalent to eligible participants in the social work loan repayment program.