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BOARD MEETING MINUTES – May 18, 2012


Present: Alan Goodman, LCMHC, Shawn Hassell, LMFT, Deborah Warner, LP, David Sundell, LPP, Kim Spencer, LICSW, Kathleen Skinner Shulman, Ed.D., Public Member, Honorable Joseph P. Nadeau, Public Member and Jane Power Kilcoyne, Ed.D., Public Member. Dr. Shulman was not present for participation in some agenda items and it is indicated on the vote.

Not present: ----

Board meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM.

Draft minutes of the April 27, 2012 meeting were reviewed by the Board. Motion was made by David Sundell and seconded by Alan Goodman to approve the minutes with minor corrections to II A, III C, and III E.

Vote: For: KS, SH, DW,DS, JK, JN, AG
Opposed: 0
Recused: 0
Not present for vote: KSS

I. CORRESPONDENCE – Before responding to correspondence the Board made the following statements:

Motion was made by Alan Goodman and seconded by Jane Kilcoyne that the Board affirms if an applicant graduates from an educational program that meets accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) it will assume they have met the highest qualification in their discipline and will consider their academic work required by Mhp 302.03 (b)(c) as being met.

Vote: For: JN, DS, SH, AG, JK, KS, KSS, DW
Opposed: 0
Recused: 0

Motion was made by Alan Goodman and seconded by Jane Kilcoyne that the Board affirms if an applicant graduates from an educational program that meets accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) it will assume they have met the highest qualification in their discipline and will consider their academic work required by Mhp 302.16 (c)(d) as being met.

Vote: For: JNS, DS, SH, AG, JK, KS, KSS, DW
Opposed: 0
Recused: 0

A. William Lax, Ph.D. – The Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Lax asking various questions regarding the Psy.D. program at Union Institute & University and its eligibility to meet Mhp 302.03 (b) & (c). The above-referenced program is not APA approved. Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Jane Kilcoyne that applicants from this program may submit a Petition for Declaratory Ruling, relative to the residency requirement, as described in Mhp 211.01

Vote: For: JN, DS, SH, AG, JK, KS, KSS, DW
Opposed: 0
Recused: 0

B. Bret Longgood, LICSW – The Board reviewed a letter from Mr. Longgood in which he asked the Board for confirmation of Riverbend’s interpretation of NH Administrative Rule Mhp 302.18 specific to Riverbend Community Mental Health Inc. Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Alan Goodman to send a letter to Mr. Longgood explaining that the Board does not confirm interpretations of rules. Any candidate for licensure and/or applicant may submit a Petition for Waiver, to any rule, as allowed by Mhp 212.01.

Vote: For: JN, DS, SH, AG, JK, KS, KSS, DW
Opposed: 0
Recused: 0

II. LEGISLATION UPDATE

A. SB 343-FN – establishing an independent board of psychologists- passed/adopted by the Senate with amendment to change the effective date to July 1, 2013. Passed by the House with Amendment 2012-2192h.. This bill needs to go back to the Senate.

B.HB 1508 – relative to procedures of the board of mental health practice – passed/adopted with amendment by the house. Passed the Senate with Amendment 2012-1990s.

III. LETTER TO GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL

A. The Board reviewed a draft letter addressed to Governor and Council requesting reinstatement of funding for the Professional Conduct Investigators for services provided from 7/1/12 to 6/30/13. Motion was made by Alan Goodman and seconded by Kim Spencer to send the letter with minor changes.

Vote: For: JN, DS, SH, AG, JK, KS, DW
Opposed: 0
Recused: 0
Not present for vote: KSS

IV. DISCUSSION

A. Transfer of funds – The Board requested a transfer of funds from various classes in its budget to cover shortages for the remainder of the fiscal year. Funds from Class 020 (general expenses), Class 026 (membership fees) and Class 046 (consultants) were transferred to Class 050 (per diem) and Class 070 (in-state travel).

B. Summary of 2011 - Board action on letters of alleged misconduct – This document was reviewed by Board and will be posted under Board News on the Board’s website.

C. Corrective Supervision manual – The Board reviewed a draft statement that Dr. Warner would like added to the draft supervision manual. Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Alan Goodman to add the statement to the draft.

Vote: For: JN, DS, AG, SH, KS, JK, DW
Opposed: 0
Recused: 0
Not present for vote: KSS

Dr. Warner will work on a draft of the manual and present it to the
Board for review at an upcoming Board meeting.

D. Handout – An updated copy of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors – Code of Ethics (amended April 2010) was distributed to all Board members.

Upon the motion of Shawn Hassell and seconded by Alan Goodman, the Board, by roll call vote, resolved to conduct a non-public session for the purpose of discussing applications, investigations of alleged misconduct of licensees, final disciplinary action and other adjudicatory decisions, in accordance with RSA 91-A:3, II (c), RSA 91-A:3, II (e), RSA 91-A:5, IV, Lodge v. Knowlton, 118 N.H. 574 (1978), RSA 330-A:29, V, and the Board’s executive and deliberative privileges. Each member recorded his or her vote on the motion, which passed by the unanimous vote of all members present.

[Non-public minutes held separately]

Upon the motion of Alan Goodman and the second of Jane Kilkoyne, the Board by roll call vote, resolved to withhold the minutes of the preceding non-public session, with the exception of approved applications, responses to motions and disciplinary actions until they are served, and CEU’s for Professional Conduct Investigators from public disclosure pursuant to RSA 91-A:3, III on the grounds that public disclosure would be likely to affect adversely the reputation of a person other than a Board member and to render the proposed action ineffective. Each member recorded his or her vote on the motion, which passed by the unanimous vote of all members present.

I. APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR LICENSURE

A. Approved mental health counselors: Karen Harrison.

B. Approved clinical social workers: Katie LaPlant, Jessica Pulver, Melinda Donohue, and Meghan Kate Knight.

C. Approved psychologists: Sonya Shropshire

D. Approved marriage & family therapists – no applications approved this month.

E. Approved pastoral psychotherapists – no applicants reviewed this month

II. APPROVED CANDIDATE FOR LICENSURE: SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS

A. Mental Health Counselors: Sandra Volkman

B. Social Workers: Cynthia Lynch, Kate Donovan, Jennifer Chisolm and Sean Breidenthal.

C. Marriage & Family Therapists: Sarah Minella

D. Psychologists: no agreements for review this month

E. Pastoral Psychotherapists: no agreements for review this month.

III. DISICIPLINARY ACTION

A. Patricia Hollick, LICSW – The Board approved a Settlement Agreement with Ms. Hollick. Ms. Hollick is reprimanded effective May 21, 2012. The Settlement can be viewed at www.nhlicenses.nh.gov.

IV. NOTICE OF HEARING

A. Bates, Fred, LCMHC -The Board issued a Notice of Hearing scheduling this matter for Friday, July 20, 2012 at 9 a.m. at the Board office, 117 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH. The specific issues to be determined at the proceeding include, but are not limited to:

Whether, on or about July 25, 2011, Respondent committed professional misconduct by failing to provide the Board with a written response to the BMHP Order of Formal Investigation and the LADC Order, in violation of RSA 330-A:27, II(c); and/or RSA 330-A:28, VII; and/or Mhp 502.01(a); and/or Mhp 502.01(c); and/or

Whether, on or about December 26, 2011, Respondent committed professional misconduct by failing to provide the Board with a written response to the Complaint and the BMHP Order of Formal Investigation, in violation of RSA 330-A:27, II(c); and/or RSA 330-A:28, VII; and/or Mhp 502.01(a); and/or Mhp 502.01(c); and/or

Whether, on or about December 26, 2011, February 1, 2012, and/or March 22, 2012, Respondent committed professional misconduct by failing to provide the Board with copies of client records as requested by the Board in its letters dated November 29, 2011, and March 6, 2012, in violation of RSA 330-A:27, II(c); and/or RSA 330-A:28, VII; and/or Mhp 502.01(a); and/orMhp 502.01(c); and

Meeting was adjourned at 2:15 PM

Next meeting scheduled for June 15, 2012


 
 
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