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BOARD MEETING MINUTES -January 21, 2011

 

Present:   David Braiterman, Joan Staigers Haley, Deborah Warner, Karen Griswold, and Gail Mears and Kim Spencer 

Not present: --- David Sundell

Board meeting was called to order at 9:17 AM due to inclement weather

Draft minutes of the December 21,  2010 meeting were reviewed.  Motion was made by Joni Haley and seconded by Gail Mears to accept the minutes with 2 minor editorial corrections.  Motion passed.

Vote:

For: DB, JH, KG, DW, GM
Opposed: 0
Recused: KS

I.  NEW BOARD MEMBER – Kim Gretchen Spencer, LICSW, was welcomed to the Board.  Ms. Spencer replaces Sheila Renaud-Finnegan, LICSW.

II.  ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

A.  Motion was made by Joni Haley and seconded by Gail Mears to adopt Final Proposal 2008-166 (Mhp 300-500) with the exception of Mhp 503.02 (e), Mhp 503.04 (b), and Mhp 504.09 (a).  Motion passed.

Vote:

For: DB, GM, JH, KG, KS
Opposed: DW
Recused: 0

Dr. Deborah Warner continues to object to the rules because they do not contain a requirement for a sworn statement from the complainant when submitting a communication of alleged misconduct to the Board.

B.  Based on the JLCAR action and the Board’s adoption of the rules, a motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Gail Mears, that the Board, when requesting patient records, will seek permission of the patient or will seek redacted records.  Motion failed.

Vote:

For: DW
Opposed:  JH, DB, KG, GM, KS
Recused: 0

III.  DISCUSSION

A.  Office Security – The Board reviewed the Security Report by Jamie Stevens.  Motion was made by Gail Mears and seconded by Karen Griswold to accept the report and keep it on file in the Board office.  Motion passed unanimously.

B.  Letter to Governor Lynch -  Motion was made by Joni Haley and seconded by Gail Mears to send a letter to Governor Lynch to inform him that the Board opposes the proposed legislation (currently LSR 0448) in the current session of the Legislature to establish a separate licensing board for psychologists..  Motion passed.

Vote:

For:  DB, GM, JH, KG, KS
Opposed: DW
Recused: 0

Motion was made by Joni Haley and seconded by Gail Mears to authorize the Chair of the Board or a designee to take reasonable and appropriate steps to oppose the above-referenced bill (currently LSR 0448) and to keep the Board informed.  Motion passed.

Vote:

For:  DB, GM, JH, KG, KS
Opposed:  DW
Recused: 0

C.  Board Compensation (RSA 330-A:7) – Motion was made by David Braiterman and seconded by Joni Haley that compensation of Board members for attendance at Legislative hearings or for JLCAR review hearings shall be for those activities approved by the Chair, subject to review by the Board upon motion.

Vote:

For: DB, GM, JH, KG, KS
Opposed:  DW
Recused: 0

D.  Informal Inquiry Letter regarding practicing without a license – Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by David Braiterman that Joni Haley will draft a letter for the Board to review at the February 18, 2011 Board meeting.  Motion passed unanimously.

E.  The following items on the Discussion Agenda of the January 21, 2011 meeting have been moved to the February 18, 2011 Board agenda:

1.  Changes to the Candidate Agreement
2.  Essay Exam – review of questions
3.  Investigation Process Letter
4.  Board review of  the letter of alleged misconduct and the response from the licensee before sending it onto the PCI.
5.  Initiatives 2011 – Board will set priorities

F.  Joint Custody 2004 – Motion was made by David Braiterman and seconded by Deborah Warner to remove the article titled “Joint Custody 2004” from the Board’s website.  Motion passed unanimously.

G.  Board Budget Hearings – Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Gail Mears to authorize the Chair of the Board or designee to go to budget hearings to present the budget as best as possible.  Motion passed unanimously.

Upon the motion of Deborah Warner and seconded by Gail Mears, the Board, by roll call vote, resolved to conduct a non-public session for the purpose of discussing application, investigations of alleged misconduct of licensees, 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), 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.

Upon the motion of Deborah Warner and the second of Gail Mears,  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, 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:  Mary Croasdale, Robert Novak, Allison Smith, Mary Wirth, Elizabeth Abel.

B.  Approved clinical social workers:  Lauren Rosen, Cynthia Reiffen.

C.  Approved psychologists:  Cynthia Dale, Noel Shami

D.  Approved marriage & family therapists – Jacqueline Berg

E.  Approved pastoral psychotherapists – no applicants reviewed  this month

II.  APPROVED CANDIDATE FOR LICENSURE: SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS

A.  Mental Health Counselors:  Carol Atteberry, Darcie Blodgett, Jodi Coochise, Tiffany Toom, Anna Girard, Jessica Michaud, Jacinda Jackson.

B.  Social Workers: Julie Ebel

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

D.  Psychologists:  none

E.  Pastoral Psychotherapists:  no agreements reviewed this month

Meeting was adjourned at 4:30 PM

Next meeting scheduled for February 18, 2011

 
 
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