BOARD MEETING MINUTES – March 18, 2011
Present: David Braiterman, David Sundell, Deborah Warner, Karen Griswold, and Gail Mears, Kim Spencer and Joan Staigers Haley.
Not present: ---
A public hearing was held on Docket No. 11-002 Jason Butler, LICSW – Order of Emergency License Suspension from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM. After deliberations in non-public session the Board voted to suspend Mr. Butler’s license until the next scheduled hearing date which is May 26, 2011.
Board meeting was called to order at 12:45 PM
Draft minutes of the February 18, 2011 meeting were reviewed by the Board. Motion was made by David Sundell and seconded by Deborah Warner to accept the minutes with changes regarding: IB language in correspondence to Dr. Maiden; II.A,B legislation: and III B discussion of letter to licensee. Motion passed.
For: DB, DS, KG, DW, GM, KS
A. Sobelson, Carol L, LICSW – The Board reviewed a letter from Carol Sobelson, LICSW asking the Board if it feels it is ethically correct and within appropriate business standards to bring a small claims suit against clients who refuse to pay an outstanding bill. Motion was made by David Braiterman and seconded by Deborah Warner to refer Ms. Sobelson to seek legal counsel as this situation is riddled with potential violations. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Mahoney, Ed, D.Min. – The Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Mahoney asking the Board various questions regarding CACREP “equivalency” criteria. Motion was made by Gail Mears and seconded by Joni Haley to send a letter to Dr. Mahoney stating that all applicants for licensed clinical mental health counselor need to meet the 11 courses required by Mhp 302.17 (b)(1-11). The Board is looking at content of courses, not program structure.
For: GM, JH, KP, DB, DS, DW
II. LEGISLATION – Oral update
A. HB 554 – Mental Health Records - Mr. Braiterman reported that HB 554 will be retained in committee and will not be acted upon in the 2011 legislative session. The Board requested Dr. Warner provide the Board with a copy of the proposed amendment to this bill.
B. HB 476 – Establishing a psychology licensing board – Mr. Braiterman reported that HB 476 will be retained in committee and will not be acted upon in the 2011 legislative session. The Board requested Dr. Warner to provide the Board with a copy of the proposed amendment to this bill.
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 be sent this month, additional changes will be made by Ms. Lynch and emailed to the Board for further review in April. Motion passed unanimously.
The following items on the Discussion Agenda of the March 18, 2011 meeting have been moved to the April 15, 2011 Board agenda:
- Revised Candidate Agreement
- Initiatives 2011 – Board will set priorities
- Investigation Process Letter
- Draft of highlights of rules adopted 1/21/11
- Parenting Rights and Responsibility draft
- Amendment to HB 554 submitted by Dr. Warner from the 3/18/2011 addendum to the agenda
Upon the motion of Gail Mears and seconded by Deborah Warner, 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 Gail Mears and the second of Deborah Warner, 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: Janet Cleary, and Sara Murphy
B. Approved clinical social workers: Erin Murphy, Tracey Noonan, Ryan Shirilla, Douglas Weed, Jennifer Stout, Charles Cotton and Laura Duncan.
C. Approved psychologists: Jeanne Courtwright and Stella Bitran
D. Approved marriage & family therapists – no applicants reviewed this month
E. Approved pastoral psychotherapists – no applicants reviewed this month
II. APPROVED CANDIDATE FOR LICENSURE: SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS
A. Mental Health Counselors: Jill Burns, Katherine Doyle, Sara Hall, Sian Owen, Stephanie Vazzano, Sheena Bice, Amanda Holland and Courtney Summers
B. Social Workers: Maura Casey, Melissa Hamlett, Ashleigh Mondoux, Sean Breidenthal, Catherine Robitaille, Kara Barnes and Katherine Hersom
C. Marriage & Family Therapists: no agreements reviewed this month
D. Psychologists: Shanna Treworgy
E. Pastoral Psychotherapists: no agreements reviewed this month
III. DISCIPLINARY ACTION
A. The Board took disciplinary action against the following licensees:
- Jen Bella, LICSW – signed Settlement Agreement
- Donna Moore, LICSW – signed Settlement Agreement
Meeting was adjourned at 4:20 PM
Next meeting scheduled for April 15, 2011