Nearly 1,000 social workers are recognized in the health care field in Nebraska according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly half of this estimate is located in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which stretches into portions of Iowa. Annual mean wage across the state is approximately $49,280 and jumps to $70,080 in the top 10 percent.
Nebraska Social Work Licensure Requirements
One unique aspect of social work licensure in the state of Nebraska is becoming a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) or Licensed Independent Mental Health Provider (LIMHP). The difference between the two licensures is the latter is able to diagnose and treat patients without the need of consultation or supervision.
Regardless of licensure, at least 3,000 hours of work is needed after graduation, and 1,500 hours are specific to direct client contact. Both the LMHP and LIMHP licensures require the passing of the clinical exam distributed by the Association of Social Work Boards.
Endorsement and Renewal Requirements
The state of Nebraska recognizes other licensures from other sates if they have been practicing for at least one year. These professionals must be in good standing with their current licensure from another state, and similar criteria must be met. Renewal deadline is September 1st every two years, and at least 32 hours of continuing education is needed in the process.