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BOARD MEETING MINUTES – November 18, 2011

Present:   Kim Spencer, LICSW, Alan Goodman, LCMHC, Shawn Hassell, LMFT, Deborah Warner, LP, David Sundell, LPP, Justice Joseph P. Nadeau (Ret.), Public Member and Kathleen Skinner Shulman, Ed.D., Public Member.

Not present: ---

Board meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM.

Draft minutes of the October 21, 2011 meeting were reviewed by the Board. 

Motion was made by Alan Goodman and seconded by Shawn Hassell to approve the minutes with the following corrections:

1.  Page 2, III. Legislation A. HB  554, second paragraph – change “inexpedient to legislate” to sent to “interim study.”  Third paragraph – change “executive” to “non-public” and add “return to public session” after paragraph 3.
2.  Page 3, IV Discussion A. Parenting Rights…first paragraph –  first sentence should  read:  Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Alan Goodman to provide each professional Board member a copy of the Parenting Rights and Responsibilities document to re-edit as appropriate for that purpose and share with its professional association.
3.  Page 4, D – delete the word “on”
4.  Page 4, E – Add “motion passed unanimously.”

Vote:    For – AG, SH, JN, KS, SH, DW
Opposed – 0
Recused – KSS

I.  CORRESPONDENCE

A.  Linda Stamm, Psy.D. – The Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Linda Stamm asking the Board various questions pertaining to teleconferencing and one time clinical interviews titled “psychoeducational” via skype or on the phone. Motion was made by  Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Alan Goodman to send a letter to Dr. Stamm informing her that the Board does not provide legal advice.  Motion passed unanimously.

B.  Christine Arnzen, MA, LPC – The Board reviewed a letter from Ms. Arnzen asking the Board various questions relative to the regulation of the practice of telephone or e-therapy.  Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Alan Goodman to send a letter to Ms. Arnzen informing her that the Board does not provide legal advice.  Motion passed unanimously.

C.   Marshall Lee Quandt, State Representative – The Board reviewed a letter from Representative Quandt expressing his support for HB 554.  Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Deborah Warner to thank Rep. Quandt for his letter and let him know the Board appreciates his input.  Motion passed unanimously.

II.  LEGISLATION

A.  HB 554 – Sarah Blodgett, Assistant Attorney General, was invited by the Board to discuss the Administrative Prosecution Unit’s (APU) position on HB 554 and any concerns it might have as prosecutors.

B.  A list of LSR’s for the 2012 legislation session was distributed for informational purposes only. 

III.  SOCIAL WORK ADVISORY COMMITTEE

A.  Motion was made by Kim Spencer and seconded by Alan Goodman to appoint Jill Bardsley, LICSW to the social work advisory committee.  Ms. Bardsley will replace Gary Eager.  Motion passed unanimously.

IV.  LETTER TO GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL

A.  The Board reviewed a draft letter to Governor and Council asking it authorize the Board of Mental Health Practice to budget and expend $5600 in funds not otherwise appropriate to provide funding for the procurement of investigative services from the date of Governor and Council approval through June 30,2 012 (100% general funds).  Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Kim Spencer to send the letter, as revised, a cover letter and a redacted copy of a letter sent to the Governor by licensee CP.  Motion passed unanimously.

V.  QUORUM ISSUES

A.  Discussion of RSA 330-A:9 and RSA 330-A:28 -  Motion was made by Alan Goodman and seconded by Joseph Nadeau confirming that when a Board member is recused from an issue, as long as there is a quorum, the Board can take action on the matter.

Vote:

For:  AG, JN, KS, KSS, SH, DS
Opposed: 0
Abstained: DW –  Dr. Warner was abstained because she was in favor of the minutes reflecting the   Board’s discussion but she disagreed with the position of the Board on the matter.

VI.  DISCUSSION

A.  Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Alan Goodman to grant 20 hours of continuing education to each professional conduct investigator who completed a Report of Investigation that was reviewed by the Board at its November 2011 meeting. Motion passed unanimously.

B.  Templates – The Board reviewed draft templates titled NFA/LOC letter to complainant (post complaint), NFA/LOC letter to complainant (prior to complaint) and letter to licensee when the Board votes to dismiss a communication of alleged misconduct.  Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Kim Spencer to make the minor changes suggested to the templates and begin using them.  Motion passed unanimously. 

VII.  DECISION AND ORDER

The Board recessed to allow past Board business to be concluded with finality.

For the purposes of such matter/s Board members present were (physically present) David Sundell, LPP; Deborah Warner, LP,  Joan Staigers Haley, MS. and (by telephone)  Gail Mears, Psy.D. and David Braiterman, Esq., Public Member.

Upon the motion of David Braiterman and seconded by Gail Mears, this composition of the Board, by roll call vote, resolved to conduct a non-public session for the purpose of discussing applications, investigations of alleged misconduct of licensees, final disciplinary action and other adjudicatory decisions, 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), RSA 330-A:29, V, 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.

A.  Docket No. 10-002 – Cheryl R. Kelly, Ed.D. –Decision and Order issued -  no disciplinary action was taken. 

Upon the motion of Deborah Warner and the second of Joan Staigers Haley, 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, and RSA 330-A:29, V, 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.  The regular Board then reconvened.

Upon the motion of Kim Spencer and seconded by Kathleen Skinner Shulman, the Board, by roll call vote, resolved to conduct a non-public session for the purpose of discussing applications, 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), RSA 330-A:29, V, 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.

[Non-public minutes held separately]

Upon the motion of Deborah Warner and the second of Shawn Hassell,  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:  Christine Smalley, Bethany Ricker and Christine Lamirande

B.  Approved clinical social workers:  Audrey Yeaton, Chris Dearborn, Kimberly Devine and Susanne Freeman..

C.  Approved psychologists:  no applications for licensure approved

D.  Approved marriage & family therapists –  William Twombly

E.  Approved pastoral psychotherapists – no applicants reviewed this month

II.   APPROVED CANDIDATE FOR LICENSURE: SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS

A.  Mental Health Counselors:  Elizabeth Haynes, Emily MacGovern, Kathy-Jo Murphy, Aleda Stith, Stephanie Vazzano, Elizabeth Gardner, Meagan McCulla, Danaria Jesweak, Sean Fleming and Teressa Holland.

B.  Social Workers: Elizabeth Halliday, Amanda Ostrovuch, Eric Stanley, and Julia Ovalle.

C.  Marriage & Family Therapists:  no agreements for review this month

D.  Psychologists: no agreements for review this month

E.  Pastoral Psychotherapists:  no agreements for review this month.

Meeting was adjourned at 4:00 PM

Next meeting scheduled for December 16, 2011

 
 
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