Present: Sheila Renaud-Finnegan, Gail Mears, Thomas Boulter, David Sundell, David Braiterman, Joan Staigers Haley, and Kathleen Sternenberg.
Not present: Karen Jennings
Joan Staigers Haley called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM
Draft minutes of the September 12, 2008 meeting were reviewed. Motion was made by David Braiterman and seconded by Gail Mears to approve the minutes with the change of KJ to KS under motion passed for the minutes.
For: SRF, TB, KS, DS, GM, JH, DB
A. William Gunn – The Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Gunn, President of the NH Psychological Association, requesting the Board extend the public hearing date on the proposed rules for 30 days. Motion was made by Gail Mears and seconded by David Sundell to deny the request to extend the public hearing but to extend the date for written comment to December 1, 2008. The Board felt that practitioners had set aside the date for the public hearing since its announcement on September 5, 2008 and in fairness to all the Board maintained the hearing date but in response to the psychologist’s request to change the hearing date, the Board extended the deadline for written comment. Motion passed.
B. Susan Langlois – The Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Langlois in which she asked if a person is eligible to apply for a license to do mental health practice in NH if they have been convicted of a felony. Motion was made by Kay Sternenberg and seconded by Gail Mears to inform Dr. Lanlois that a person with a felony conviction may apply, however, the conviction would be considered during the application process. Motion passed.
C. Celia Gibbs - The Board reviewed a letter from Ms. Gibbs in which she asked a question regarding liability of a supervisor who is supervising individuals not working towards licensure and a question regarding ethics CEU’s. Motion was made by Sheila Renaud-Finnegan and seconded by Kay Sternenberg to inform Ms. Gibbs that the Board has no jurisdiction over unlicensed persons, however, they do have jurisdiction over the licensee. The Board’s interpretation of its rules and codes of ethics is that supervisors assume ethical responsibility for their clinical supervisee irrespective of the contents of the supervision. In response to her second question, the Board would accept a training on the ethics of one profession for all disciplines, however, the Board urges her to consider all ethical codes of the employees. Motion passed.
D. Sheila Gardner – The Board considered Dr. Gardner’s request for information regarding the Board’s Report on Complaints posted on the Board’s website. Motion was made by Sheila Renaud-Finnegan and seconded by Tom Boulter to respond to Dr. Gardner’s questions via us mail.. Motion passed.
II. Report on Complaints
Report on complaints received by the Board between July 2004 and July 2008 is posted on the Board’s website.
III. Hearing on the Application of Lauren Rhodes for LCMHC
Decision and Order issued –The application of Dr. Rhodes was denied.
IV. NHPA workshop on proposed rules
Motion was made by David Sundell and seconded by Kay Sternenberg to have the Board pay the registration fees for David Braiterman and Tom Boulter to attend the workshop on October 25 in Portsmouth, NH. Motion passed.
Upon the motion of Gail Mears and seconded by David Sundell, 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 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, 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: Kevin Fox, Andrew Hannah, Thomas Mark, Erin Bowen
B. Approved clinical social workers: Joseph McKeller, Melissa Alder, Juleen Carnes
C. Approved psychologists: Lindsay Mears, Angeles Cheung, Kathleen Rekart
D. Approved marriage & family therapists – Betty Anson, Amanda DeWildt, Rebecca Paschel, Michael McCay
E. Approved pastoral psychotherapists – no applicants this month
(JH recused from Thomas Mark)
II. APPROVED CANDIDATE FOR LICENSURE: SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS
A. Mental Health Counselors: Heather Prebish, Priscilla Thompson, Christine Reynolds, Elizabeth Abel
B. Social Workers: Jennifer LaSalle, Jaime Gromley, Bernadette Blake, Ahmed Mohamed, Stephanie Bielik, Jennifer Boisvert, Christine Bisson
C. Marriage & Family Therapists: Jacqueline Berg (2)
D. Psychologists: no applicants this month
E. Pastoral Psychotherapists – no applicants this month
III. ADVISORY COMMITTEE
A. Rosemary Garreffi has been appointed to the LCMHC advisory committee.
Meeting was adjourned at 4:30 PM
Next meeting scheduled for Friday, October 31, 2008 – 12:00 PM