BOARD MEETING MINUTES – February 18, 2011
Present: David Braiterman, David Sundell, Deborah Warner, Karen Griswold, and Gail Mears, Kim Spencer
Not present: --- Joan Staigers Haley
Board meeting was called to order at 9:00 am
Draft minutes of the January 21, 2011 meeting were reviewed. Motion was made by Gail Mears and seconded by Karen Griswold to accept the minutes with the addition of David Sundell as not present and 3 minor corrections. Motion passed.
Vote: For: DB, DS, KG, DW, GM, KS
A. Jan Arsenault, MS – The Board reviewed a letter from Jan Arsenault, MS, New England College Program Director asking for clarification on various issues relative to the Administrative Rules adopted by the Board on January 21, 2011. Motion was made by Gail Mears and seconded by Karen Griswold to respond to Ms. Arsenault’s requests in writing. Ms. Arsenault asked for clarification on the definition of CACREP ‘equivalency’. The Board explained that all applicants for licensure need to meet the 11 courses required by Mhp 302.17 (b)(1-11). The Board is not reviewing the program structure. The Board informed Ms. Arsenault that a course in addictions has been added to Board rules effective 1/21/11 and for a limited time the Board will accept waiver requests to this course. In response to Ms. Arsenault’s request for clarification regarding practicum versus internship setting, the Board interprets Mhp 302.16 (d)(7) as 700 hours of field work in a practicum and/or internship setting. Motion passed unanimously.
B. R. Paul Maiden, Ph.D., LCSW – The Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Paul Maiden, Vice Dean and Professor of the University of Southern California informing the Board about the Master of Social Work (MSW) program offered online by the School of Social Work at USC. Motion was made by Gail Mears and seconded by David Braiterman to send a letter to Dr. Maiden stating that although USC’s program might meet the educational, practical and examination requirements for NH licensure, it must also meet the coursework requirements of Mhp 302.13 (b) and (c) requiring one academic year to be completed in residence at the institution granting the degree. The Board also informed Dr. Maiden that his institution may feel obligated to inform students enrolled in the USC online program of the one year residency requirement for New Hampshire licensure. Motion passed unanimously.
A. HB 554 – HB 554 and its amendment were discussed. Board Chair, David Braiterman sent an email to Rep. Neal Kurk to attend the February 18, 2011 Board meeting, however, he did not attend. Board members had opportunity to speak, via speaker phone, with Dale Atkinson, Association of Social Work Board’s (ASWB) legal counsel, about his opinions regarding protecting patient records and sworn statements. Motion was made by David Braiterman and seconded by Gail Mears to support the spirit of HB 554, preserving client confidentiality, but technical and procedural issues in it appear to be untenable. Motion also authorized the Chair of the Board or designee, act on the Board’s behalf and keep the Board informed of discussion on this bill. Motion passed.
Vote: For: DB, GM, KS, KG
Opposed: DW, DS
B. HB 476 – Establishing a psychology licensing board – David Braiterman will attend the hearing scheduled for March 1, 2011 at 1:30 in the Legislative Office Building. Motion was made by Kim Spencer and seconded by David Sundell to authorize the Chair of the Board or designee to go to the hearing scheduled on HB 476, act on the Board’s behalf and keep the Board informed of discussion on this bill. Motion passed.
Vote: For: GM, KS, KG, DS, DB
A. Informal Inquiry Letter regarding practicing without a license – The Board reviewed a draft letter that would be sent to licensees who did not renew their license and practiced while it was expired. Motion was made by David Sundell and seconded by David Braiterman to approve the letter with a change to #6. Motion passed.
Vote: For: GM, DB, DS, KS, KG
B. Letter to licensee for response to communication of alleged misconduct for Board review. The Board reviewed a draft letter to be sent to licensees for a response to a communication of alleged misconduct to determine whether there are grounds for further investigation. Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Kim Spencer to approve the letter with edits suggested by Board. The letter will also be sent to one person in February and then Ms. Lynch will email the letter to the Board again for further review. Motion passed unanimously.
C. The following items on the Discussion Agenda of the February 18, 2011 meeting have been moved to the March 18, 2011 Board agenda:
1. Changes to the Candidate Agreement
2. Initiatives 2011 – Board will set priorities
3. Investigation Process Letter
4. Parenting Rights and Responsibility draft
D. Pledge of Allegiance – Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded to Gail Mears to have the Board say the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each Board meeting. Motion failed.
Vote: For: DW
Opposed: DS, DB, GM, KG, KS
E. RSA 330-A:13 Records and Reports – The Board read RSA 330-A:13 and motion was made by David Braiterman and seconded by Gail Mears to take no action at this time.
Upon the motion of Deborah Warner and seconded by Kim Spencer, 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 Kim Spencer, 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: Laura Bedard, Denise Gaertner, Judy Howell, Maria Polichronipoulos, Debra Ragen-Coffman, Tracey Tucker.
B. Approved clinical social workers: Ryan Barrieau, Stephanie Bielik, Kara Marie Boyer, Michael Joyal, Celia Woolverton, Annette Wright, Michelle Lague.
C. Approved psychologists: Celene Barnes
D. Approved marriage & family therapists – Leigh Kayes
E. Approved pastoral psychotherapists – no applicants reviewed this month
II. APPROVED CANDIDATE FOR LICENSURE: SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS
A. Mental Health Counselors: Erin Bell, Cynthia Bolin, Patricia Fillio, James Michaels, Sarah Revel, Jessica Salas, William Timberlake, Anna Verderame, Lindsey White, Megan O’Toole Choate, Charles Plante
B. Social Workers: Pamela Hoslins, Justin Looser, Jennifer Martin, James Mazzuchello, Caitlin Miftari, Rebecca Parizo, Marco Alexander Andrew Thompson, Bonnie Wrisley
C. Marriage & Family Therapists: no agreements reviewed this month
D. Psychologists: Gretchen Berrios-Siervo, Sherie Friedrich, Joseph Yazvac
E. Pastoral Psychotherapists: no agreements reviewed this month
Meeting was adjourned at 4:30 PM
Next meeting scheduled for March 18, 2011