BOARD MEETING MINUTES – November 19, 2010
Present: Sheila Renaud-Finnegan, David Braiterman, Joan Staigers Haley, Deborah Warner, Karen Griswold, David Sundell and Gail Mears.
Not present: ---
Board meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM.
Draft minutes of the October 15, 2010 meeting were reviewed. Motion was made by David Sundell and seconded by David Braiterman to accept the minutes as read. Motion passed.
Vote: For: DB, SRF, JH, DS, KG
Not participating: DW, GM
I. NHPA – Dr. Kate Saylor, Executive Director of NHPA, spoke to the Board about legislation NHPA has proposed for a psychology licensing board. In response to questions from the Board, Dr. Saylor indicated there was no underlying intent, present or future, to limit practices of other professions. NHPA has posted their proposed legislation at nhpaonline.org.
II. INVESTIGATIVE PROCESS LETTER – work continues on the draft investigative process letter. The Board will review changes at their December 17, 2010 meeting.
A. Greenwald, Evan, Ph.D. – The Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Greenwald asking for clarification regarding titles for supervised candidates for licensure. Motion was made by Sheila Renaud-Finnegan and seconded by Gail Mears to thank Dr. Greenwald for his letter and advise him that a person with an approved candidate for licensure agreement on file with the board may use the term listed in RSA 330-A:2 which corresponds to their profession. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Greenwald, Evan, Ph.D. – The Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Greenwald asking if the Board of Mental Health Practice regulates what preconditions should exist for someone licensed by the Board to offer and deliver supervision as part of a practicum, externship, or formal post-doc to a graduate student obtaining their clinical degree in order to avoid unlawful practice pursuant to RSA 330-A:23. Motion was made by Sheila Renaud-Finnegan and seconded by Deborah Warner to inform Dr. Greenwald: 1) as a licensed professional he is required to provide supervision according to the appropriate code of ethics, 2) the Board does not regulate internships as part of the education for the degree and 3) the applicant should check Board rules and regulations of the state they wish to be licensed in to check that the internship will meet the licensure requirements. Motion passed unanimously.
C. Greenwald, Evan, Ph.D. - The Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Greenwald in which he describes a scenario and asks the Board to comment as to whether or not it constitutes an ethical violation. Motion was made by Sheila Renaud-Finnegan and seconded by Deborah Warner to inform Dr. Greenwald that the Board does not issue advisory statements on conduct and they would be happy to review a communication of alleged misconduct should he choose to send one to the Board office. Motion passed unanimously.
D. Nemetz, Alan, Ph.D., James Herbert, Ph.D. and Hibler, Neil, Ph.D. – Letters were reviewed from the above-referenced psychologists. All parties were notified that the Board will respond to their specific questions at a future date after the Board consults with its counsel.
IV. ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
A. At their November 18, 2010 meeting the JLCAR accepted the Board’s revised objection response to Final Proposal 2008-165, Mhp 200- Practice and Procedure Rules and approved the rules. The Committee will not take further action to file a final objection or to support the introduction of a joint resolution concerning this final proposal.
B. In anticipation of discussion on Final Proposal 2008-166 - Mhp 300-500 at the December 16, 2010 JLCAR meeting, motion was made by Sheila Renaud-Finnegan and seconded by David Braiterman to keep Mhp 503.02 (e) as written. Motion passed
For: DB, DS, SRF, JH, KG, GM
Motion was made by David Braiterman and seconded by Sheila Renaud-Finnegan, if permissible with JLCAR to revise Mhp 503.02 (e) at this time, to remove the word "civil and have Mhp 503.02 (e) conform withMhp 204.03 and to read as follows: communications of alleged misconduct against licensees shall be filed with the board in accordance with Mhp 503.02. The board shall notify the licensee of said filing unless such information would jeopardize the safety of a party or the process of a criminal investigation.”
V. DRAFT LEGISLATION
A. At the October 15, 2010 Board meeting a motion was made by Sheila Renaud-Finnegan and seconded by David Braiterman to proceed to seek legislation for an impaired practitioner’s bill. Work continues on this proposed legislation.
VI. ASWB CONFERENCE
A. Sheila Renaud-Finnegan gave an oral report on the ASWB conference she attended in New Orleans from November 11, 2010 to November 13, 2010.
Upon the motion of David Braiterman and seconded by Gail Mears, 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 Gail Mears, 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 Dunham, David Friedler, Shannon Stevens.
B. Approved clinical social workers: Stephen Curtis, Jaime Gormley, Kimberly Laberge, Anna-Marie DiPasquale, Douglas Wenger, Matthew Aversa
C. Approved psychologists: Karen Bada
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: Elisa Bell, Elizabeth Hayes, Sean Flemming, Kirby Foote, Donna Guillemette, Hilary Hartford, Dawna Jones, Catherine Moore, Alexis Ozimek, Chasity Trybulski, Jeffrey Weigle.
B. Social Workers: Jennifer Chisholm, Sarah Craig, Angela Fallon, Katherine Hersom, Terrie Jordan, Catherine Robitaille, Christine Young, Sara Christiano, Sarah Bragdon, Caitlin Miftari, Laurie Liskow.
C. Marriage & Family Therapists: Ozgur Akbas, Amanda Pooler, Caitlin Southmayd.
D. Psychologists: Frances Berry-Worcester, Meghan Craig, Kelly Crowell, Rayna Ericson, Michael Jarzombek, Reid Kehoe, Amanda Platter, Leah Cochrane, Brian Denietolis.
E. Pastoral Psychotherapists: no agreements reviewed this month
David Braiterman recused from Michael Jarzombek
III. DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
A. James Foster, LICSW – The Board approved a Settlement Agreement reprimanding Mr. Foster.
Meeting was adjourned at 3:30 PM
Next meeting scheduled for December 17, 2010