BOARD MEETING MINUTES – September 16, 2011
Present: Kim Spencer, LICSW, *Alan Goodman, LCMHC, *Shawn Hassell, LMFT, Deborah Warner, LP, David Sundell, LPP and *Justice Joseph P. Nadeau (Ret.), Public Member. (* signifies new Board member)
Not present: ---
Board meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM.
Board recessed to meet with Board Counsel
Board came out of recess at 9:45
Draft minutes of the July 15, 2011 meeting were reviewed by the Board.
Motion was made by Deborah Warner to approve the minutes as read. Motion was seconded by Kim Spencer.
For: SH, KS, DW, DS
Abstained: JN, AG
I. ELECTION OF BOARD CHAIR
A. Motion was made by Kim Spencer and seconded by Joseph Nadeau to defer electing a Board Chairperson until December 2011. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Motion was made by Alan Goodman and seconded by Kim Spencer to have David Sundell act as interim Chair and facilitate the Board meetings until a Chair is elected in December. Motion passed unanimously.
A. Ellen Ronka – The Board reviewed a letter from Ms. Ronka asking the Board if she is in violation of RSA 330-A:23 Unlawful Practice; Penalty by using the phrase “energy psychology”? She also states that she is considering using the phrase “energy-based psychotherapy methods” instead of using the phrase “energy psychology” in her disclaimer and discussion with clients. Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Alan Goodman to suggest she use the term “energy-based psychotherapy methods.”
Vote: For: DW, AG, KS, SH, DS
B. Letter to the Honorable John Lynch and Executive Council – The Board reviewed a letter sent to Governor Lynch and the Executive Council by former Board members, Sheila Renaud-Finnegan, George Samuels, Joni Staigers Haley, Ronald Dieter, Jane McClung, Karen Jennings, Mary Ellen Nichols, Kathleen Sternenberg and Thomas Boulter. The letter expressed the former members concerns about the Governor and Council’s recent decision to ask David Braiterman to resign as well as the non approval of new members to the Board. Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Kim Spencer to file this letter. Motion passed unanimously.
C. New Procedure on correspondence sent from the Board – Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Kim Spencer to allow the Board Administrator tosign all correspondence from the Board with his/her name, Authorized Representative of the Board of Mental Health Practice. Motion passed unanimously.
III. CEASE AND DESIST LETTER
A. Jackie Lessard – The Board reviewed Ms. Lessard’s response to a cease and desist letter sent by the Board in response to information received from Mark Vattes. Motion was made by Kim Spencer and seconded by Alan Goodman to notify Ms. Lessard that it appears the advertising on various websites was out of her control and the Board will take no further action.
IV. LEGISLATION – Oral update
A. HB 554 – Mental Health Records – The Board reviewed HB 554 with an amendment added 9/11/2011. Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Shawn Hassel to take no position on this bill. Motion passed unanimously.
B. HB 476 – Psychology licensing board - Deborah Warner reported additional amendments have been added to this bill. Deborah Warner made a motion to have the Board take no position on HB 476.
No second to the motion
No further discussion or vote
A. Parenting Rights and Responsibilities draft document – This item was moved to the October 21, 2011 Board meeting agenda.
B. Informal Inquiry when practicing with an expired license letter – The Board reviewed a copy of a letter that is sent to licensees who continue to practice when their license is expired. Motion was made by Alan Goodman and seconded by Kim Spencer to stop using this letter. Motion passed unanimously.
C. Record Retention Policy – This item has been moved to the October 21, 2011 Board meeting agenda.
D. PCI Payment – The current budget does not have funds in Class 046 to pay Professional Conduct Investigators as required by RSA 330-A 4 I-a. Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Alan Goodman to have Ms. Lynch review the current budget to see if there is a way to obtain funds for Class 046. The Board authorized Alan Goodman to assist Ms. Lynch in advocating for reclassification or supplemental funds or other means to find ways to pay the PCIs.
E. Annual Report to Governor and Council – The Board reviewed the Annual Report to Governor and Council. Motion was made by Kim Spencer and seconded by Shawn Hassell to correct minor issues, add percentages to the Action on Licensees section, add HB 390 to the Legislation section and send on to the Governor. Motion passed unanimously. The Board also thanked Ms. Lynch for taking the initiative on writing this report.
F. ASWB Annual Meeting – ASWB invited Kim Spencer, Social Work Board Member, Peggy Lynch, Board Administrator or Jamie Stevens, Program Assistant to attend its Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City from November 3 – 5, 2011. This trip is paid in full by ASWB and Board funds will not be used. Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Kim Spencer to allow Jamie Stevens to attend. Motion passed unanimously.
G. Monetary Sanctions: Expenses Relating to Discipline Enforcements – Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Kim Spencer expressing the Board’s interest in legislation requiring all expenses related to disciplinary proceedings be paid by the licensee if disciplinary action is taken by the Board. Motion was tabled.
Upon the motion of Kim Spencer and seconded by Alan Goodman, 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 Alan Goodman 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: Christi Caron, Patricia Fillio, Sabrina Krum, Erika Mulhearn, Alexis Murray, Erin Terry, Loren Caruso, Rebecca Marrs, and Susan Maerlender.
B. Approved clinical social workers: Paula Bird, Deborah Horton, Rebecca Austin, Brenda Drake, Louise Berube, Abbey Leigh Reeves, Shelley Lathrop, and Andrew Archer.
C. Approved psychologists: Holly Parker, Jennifer L. Gray, Sueyoung Song, Kathryn Haendiges, Robert Schwartz, Gladys Frankel, and Jacob Brown
D. Approved marriage & family therapists – Meg Murphy
E. Approved pastoral psychotherapists – no applicants reviewed this month
II. APPROVED CANDIDATE FOR LICENSURE: SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS
A. Mental Health Counselors: Sarah Ballou, Elisa Bell, Diane Gregory, Michelle Jean-Raymond, Cynthia McKusick, Marguerite Cheney, Friedrich Maurer, Deanna Monroe, Kelley True, Traci Weaver, Debra Buckley, Julia Reilly, and Jessica Goodlin.
B. Social Workers: Jayde Cherico, Kirsten Jeffery, Abbey Simon, Laurie Williams, Jean Comeau, and Meredith Jackson.
C. Marriage & Family Therapists: Sheenagh Donato, Shane Birkel
D. Psychologists: Sarah Hall, Maurissa Abecassis (4), Nicole Reilly, and Lindsay Havlicek-Bell
E. Pastoral Psychotherapists: no agreements for review this month.
III. DOCKET NO 11-002 – Jason Butler, LICSW
A. The Board issued an Order scheduling a hearing and prehearing conference. The Board appointed Joseph P. Nadeau as Hearing Officer. The hearing is scheduled for October 27, 2011 at 9 AM at 2 Industrial Park Drive, Suite 8, Concord, NH (conference room for the NH Board of Medicine). The prehearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 10 AM at 117 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH (conference room for the Board of Mental Health Practice).
Meeting was adjourned at 4:30 PM
Next meeting scheduled for October 21, 2011