FAQs (June 9, 2022)

Boost 200 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
June 9, 2022

Boost 200 participants and their Supervisors must follow
all DHP requirements and regulations to achieve and maintain licensure
(including Supervision requirements) in the Commonwealth
for the duration of Boost 200 participation.

 Please refer to www.vhcf.org/boost200
for more details (Program Summary, Participant Guidelines, application).

 

Applicant Questions

How do I apply to Boost 200?

Individuals pursuing licensure in Virginia as an LPC or LCSW can apply to participate Boost 200 from the program website.

Boost 200 applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, until all funding is obligated. Award decisions will be communicated to all applicants.

A .*pdf preview of the application is available on the Boost 200 website.

Will VHCF accept applications for Boost 200 in 2023?

Boost 200 is a pilot program of the Foundation with enough funding to pay for Supervision for 100 Masters of Social Work and Masters of Counseling graduates. It is anticipated that all of the available funds will be obligated in 2022. If the pilot is successful, additional funds may become available at another time.

Must Boost 200 applicants have a Supervisor and have applied to the DHP for Supervision Approval or licensure as a Resident in Counseling before applying for Boost 200?

Yes! Boost 200 applicants must have submitted an application for Supervision Approval or for licensure as a Resident in Counseling before applying to Boost 200. The Foundation will not review a person’s Boost 200 application until the person confirms a complete DHP application has been submitted.

Those accepted into Boost 200 will be required to submit documentation from the DHP showing they are approved as a Supervisee in Social Work or licensed as a Resident in Counseling before enrolling in Boost 200.

VHCF/Boost 200 does not have the authority to grant Supervision approval for

Supervisees/Residents or approve Supervisors.

Is the Supervisor mentioned in the Supervisor Contact Information section of the Boost 200 application my supervisor on-the-job or my Supervisor for licensure-required Supervision hours?

The Boost 200 application requests information about the applicant’s Supervisor for licensure-required Supervision hours.

Who should complete my Recommendation Form?

Your Recommendation Form must be completed by an internship supervisor, who has supervised you for at least 100 internship hours and is familiar with your current clinical skills and experience.

The Recommendation Form is available here.

Will I be notified of resolution regarding my application?

All applicants will be notified of the determination regarding their Boost 200 application via the preferred email address provided on their application.

How does Boost 200 work?

After enrolling in Boost 200, Supervisees/Residents must complete licensure-required clinical and Supervision hours (Supervisees:  3000/100; Residents:3400; 200) in a timely fashion and without delay.

VHCF expects Supervision hours will be completed at the following pace:

  • Supervisee in Social Work: Four (4) Supervision hrs/month, on average.
  • Licensed Residents in Counseling: Eight (8) Supervision hrs/month, on average.

Please see the Boost 200 Participant Guidelines available on the Boost 200 website for more details.

Does Boost 200 require anything else of its participants?

Boost 200 participants should plan to participate in a Boost 200 Orientation and up to 3 professional education Roundtables.

Boost 200 is a pilot program. Participants may be asked to provide feedback and suggestions from time-to-time and help evaluate it. Participants may also be asked to help promote Boost 200 to other MSW/Counseling graduates.

I am a Resident in Counseling/Supervisee in Social Work and have started my clinical and Supervision hours. Can I apply for Boost 200?

All applicants must be paying out-of-pocket for all or most of their licensure-required Supervision.

Preference will be given to eligible applicants who are just starting their journey to licensure, however, applicants who have completed no more than 60% of the required clinical and Supervision hours to become licensed as an LCSW or LPC in Virginia will also be considered.

  • For Supervisees in Social Work this is up to 1800 Clinical hrs/60 Supervision hrs.
  • For Residents in Counseling this is up to 2040 Clinical hrs/120 Supervision hrs.

What is the Boost 200 Service Commitment?

After becoming licensed as an LPC or LCSW, Boost 200 participants must work full-time as an LPC or LCSW in Virginia for two (2) years (4,000 hours). With VHCF permission, Boost 200 licensed therapists may work part-time (at least 20 hours/week), completing the obligation in a maximum of 48 months, if necessary.

Boost 200 participants may fulfill their Service Commitment in any setting and with any patient/client population in Virginia. All service hours must be spent towards serving Virginians.

Supervision Questions

What is the hourly rate for Supervision provided to Boost 200 Supervisees in Social Work and Licensed Residents in Counseling?

We recognize that the hourly rate for licensure-required Supervision varies by Supervisor and by region of the state. Boost 200 Supervisors should charge a reasonable rate that is in the average range for their region of the Commonwealth.

Can someone Supervise more than one Boost 200 participant at a time?

Yes, a Supervisor may provide Supervision for more than one Boost 200 participant at a time as long as the number does not exceed DHP limits. Boost 200 participants and their Supervisors must follow all Virginia DHP requirements to achieve and maintain licensure in the Commonwealth.

How many Supervision hours per month will Boost 200 allow/pay for per participant?

It is expected that:

  • Supervisee in Social Work participants will complete 4 Supervision hours/month, on average,
  • Licensed Residents in Counseling participants will complete 8 Supervision hours/month, on average.

Will Boost 200 pay for group Supervision hours, as well as individual Supervision?

Yes, Boost 200 will pay for both group and individual Supervision hours.

Who will pay Supervisors for Supervision provided to Boost 200 Supervisees and Residents?

Boost 200 is administered by the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF). A Boost 200 Supervisor will be a contractor of the Foundation.

  • Supervisors will submit Supervision hours completed each month to VHCF via ADP’s Timekeeper Plus app. VHCF will pay Supervisors monthly via electronic bank transfer.
  • Supervisors will receive an IRS Form 1099 documenting payment by the Foundation for their tax purposes each year of Boost 200

I hold an active license as an LPC/LCSW in Virginia and am a DHP-approved Supervisor; however, l live and work out-of-state. Can I Supervise a Boost 200 participant?

Yes, if the Resident/Supervisee is pursuing Virginia licensure and you are a DHP-approved Supervisor and follow all DHP requirements and regulations to maintain licensure as an LPC/LCSW and status as a DHP-approved Supervisor in the Commonwealth for the duration of Boost 200 participation.

What, if any, additional regulations and rules must Boost 200 participants and their Supervisors follow?

Boost 200 participants and their Supervisors must follow all Virginia DHP requirements to achieve and maintain licensure in the Commonwealth.

Boost 200 participants must also follow Boost 200 Participant Guidelines, posted on the Boost 200 website.

Boost 200 Supervisors must track and submit Supervision hours using ADP’s Timekeeper Plus app; contact VHCF in the event there is a concern regarding the Supervisee/Resident’s ability to fulfill the Supervision hours and/or that the Supervisor is not able to fulfill his/her Supervisory responsibilities within 2 weeks of the issue arising.

Supervisors may also be asked to participate in activities to evaluate Boost 200.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Can I Supervise a Boost 200 participant who is pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Yes, an LMFT who is a DHP-approved Supervisor may Supervise a Boost 200 Resident in Counseling participant.

Boost 200 participants and their Supervisors must follow all Virginia DHP requirements to achieve and maintain licensure in the Commonwealth.

Last Updated on June 21, 2022