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BOARD MEETING MINUTES - April 27, 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.

Not present: ----

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

Joseph Nadeau, Board Chair, introduced the new public member of the Board, Jane Power Kilcoyne.

Draft minutes of the March 16, 2012 meeting were reviewed by the Board. Motion was made by David Sundell and seconded by Kim Spencer to correct the initials on the vote of the minutes. Motion passed.

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

I. CORRESPONDENCE

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). Motion was made Deborah Warner and seconded by Alan Goodman to share this letter with the psychology advisory committee for feedback and recommendations to the Board. Motion passed.

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

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. Currently in Ways & Means committee with a hearing scheduled for May 3, 2012. Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Kim Spencer to have Ms. Lynch attend the hearing in order to provide financial information because it impacts the Board of Mental Health Practice. Motion passed.

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

B. HB 1338 – failure to renew a professional or occupational license – interim study with the ED & A committee

C. SB 407-FN – establishing an office of professional licensure and transferring administrative and clerical operations of certain professional licensing and certification boards to the office. – This bill has a new title relative to the purchasing of the Dept. of Information Technology and relative to the transfer of certain federal grants. It no longer addresses Board consolidation.

D. HB 1508 – relative to procedures of the board of mental health practice – passed/adopted with amendment by the house. A hearing was scheduled with the Senate ED & A committee on 4/26/2012 . No update was available at the time of the Board meeting.

III. DISCUSSION

A. Corrective Supervision manual – The Board reviewed a first draft corrective supervision manual presented by Deborah Warner. This manual is intended to be used by supervisors providing corrective supervision to licensees who are completing requirements mandated by a Settlement Agreement. Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Alan Goodman to have the Board send suggestions and changes to Dr. Warner. Dr. Warner will incorporate them in a second draft for review at the May 18, 2012 meeting. Motion passed.

Vote: For: JN, DS, AG, SH, KS, KSS, KDW
Opposed: 0
Recused: 0
Not participating: JK

B. Statement of Financial Interests Form – all members completed the form and they will be forwarded to the Secretary of State.

C. Report of Alleged Misconduct Form – The Board reviewed a revised Report of Alleged Misconduct Form. The form includes additional information which states: 1) I have read the preceding and affirm it is true to the best of my knowledge; 2) The signature on this document shall constitute a certification that: (1) the signer has read the document; (2) the signer is authorized to file it; (3) to the best of the signer’s knowledge, information, and belief, there are good grounds to support it; and (4) the document has not been filed for purposes of harassment. (5) did the conduct about which you are concerned arise in the course of pending litigation? (6) if you think there were witnesses for conduct for which you are concerned please provide the Board with names, addresses and phone numbers if available. It will also be noted on the form that 12 font or higher is recommended. Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Alan Goodman to begin using this form. Motion passed.

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

D. Executive Council Questionnaire – The Board reviewed a draft response Ms. Lynch prepared to the questionnaire sent by the Executive Council seeking pertinent information to supplement the governing RSA for the Board. Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Deborah Warner to make minor corrections to the response and send it to the Executive Council. Motion passed.

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

E. Discussion of the Professionals’ Health Program (PHP) – Deborah Warner, Ph.D. reported that she contacted Dr. Sally Garhart to see if the PHP would allow the Board to refer on a case by case basis without a per capita fee. The answer was no. The Board does not have any funds available to implement this program.

F. Handout titled “Adventures on the Electronic Frontier: Ethics and Risk Management in the Digital Era. The Board read the information and agreed it is helpful information.

G. Supervisor’s Confirmation of Clinical Experience Form – minor changes will be made to clarify that the supervisor needs to attach a description of supervisory methods letter.

H. Sheila Renaud-Finnegan, LICSW – Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Shawn Hassell to send a letter to Ms. Renaud-Finnegan, congratulating her on receiving the 2012 New Hampshire Social Worker of the Year Award from the New Hampshire chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Motion passed.

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

Upon the motion of David Sundell and seconded by Kim Spencer, 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 Deborah Warner and the second of David Sundell, 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: Peter Afflerbach, Laurie Anderson, Adam Hopey, Kim Howard, Jessica Salas, Sophia Dongos, Robert DePaolo, Claire Wellington, Jeffrey Hardy, Jane Merrithew and Thomas Burwell.

B. Approved clinical social workers: Erin Gilligan, Dennis Walker, Rachel Boles, Barbara MacPhee, Elisabeth Kopreski, Katie Provencher, and Mitchell Rosenweig

C. Approved psychologists: no applications for full licensure approved this month

D. Approved marriage & family therapists – Ann Lammers

E. Approved pastoral psychotherapists – no applicants reviewed this month

II. APPROVED CANDIDATE FOR LICENSURE: SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS

A. Mental Health Counselors: Jennifer Jackes, Jacinda Jackson, Deanna Monroe, Meagan McCulla, Erin Bell, Kirby Foote, Catherine Moore, Lauren Quann, Lisa Rhys, and Rosemary Schraeder

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

C. Marriage & Family Therapists: no agreements approved this month

D. Psychologists: Lisa Hope Colby

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

III. PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT INVESTIGATORS

A. Nancy S. Davis, LICSW – Professional Conduct Investigator, Nancy S. Davis, was awarded 20 continuing education hours for completing a Report of Investigation for the Board.

B. Ann Jackson Wadsworth, LICSW – Professional Conduct Investigator, Ann Jackson Wadsworth, was awarded 20 continuing education hours for completing a Report of Investigation for the Board.

IV. DECEMBER 2012 BOARD MEETING

A. Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by David Sundell to change the December 21, 2012 Board meeting to December 14, 2012. Motion passed.

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

Meeting was adjourned at 2:50 PM

Next meeting scheduled for May 18, 2012


 
 
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