Present: Kim Spencer, LICSW, Alan Goodman, LCMHC, Shawn Hassell, LMFT, Deborah Warner, LP, David Sundell, LPP, Honorable Joseph P. Nadeau, Public Member and Kathleen Skinner Shulman, Ed.D., Public Member. (Alan Goodman was not present for a portion of the public meeting and the votes will reflect those items)
Not present: ---
Board meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM.
Draft minutes of the November 18, 2011 meeting were reviewed by the Board.
Motion was made by Kathleen Shulman Skinner and seconded by Kim Spencer to approve the minutes as recorded. Motion passed.
Vote: For – KSS, SH, JN, KS, DS
Opposed – DW
Recused – 0
Not present – AG
Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Shawn Hassell to reconsider the review of the minutes to continue discussion on names to be listed as in attendance. Motion failed.
Vote: For- DW, SH
Opposed – DS, KSS, KS, JN
Recused – 0
Not present – AG
Motion was made by Kim Spencer and seconded by Deborah Warner to add “the regular Board reconvened” after the last sentence on the top of page 4 which reads “Each member recorded his or her vote on the motion, which passed by the unanimous vote of all members present.” Motion passed.
Vote: For: DW, DS, KSS, KS, JN, SH
Not present: AG
A. K. Hridaya Hall, Ph.D., NCC. – The Board reviewed a copy of a letter Dr. Hall sends to persons inquiring about the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAGS) degree in mental health counseling program offered at Plymouth State University. Motion was made by Alan Goodman and seconded by Deborah Warner to thank Dr. Hall for providing this information and refer her to RSA 330-A and Mhp 100-500. It is not the policy of the Board to check documents from third parties as to whether or not they are in compliance with Board requirements. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Carol James, LICSW – The Board reviewed a letter from Ms. James asking the Board allow her to obtain CEU’s for preparing a presentation for staff at her school using information she learned at a workshop she attended and was granted CEU’s. Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Shawn Hassell to refer Ms. James to administrative rule Mhp 402.02 (a)(b) which would require she get approval from a sponsor listed in Mhp 402.02 (b). Ms. James also mentioned she would like the Board to approve CEU’s for reading books and articles. The Board referred Ms. James to administrative rule Mhp 209.02 Petition for Rulemaking. Motion passed. Alan Goodman not present.
C. Lisa May-Sachs – The Board reviewed a letter from Lisa May-Sachs informing the Board that one of her long term private pay clients is moving out of NH and would like to continue therapy via phone or skype once she relocates. Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Kathleen Shulman Skinner to inform Ms. May-Sachs that skype is not addressed in RSA 330-A and administrative rules 100-500. Treatment of patients in New Hampshire requires a person have a New Hampshire license. Motion passed. Alan Goodman was not present.
D. Paula Charles – The Board reviewed a letter from Paula Charles asking it to allow her to continue supervision, as required by her Decision and Order dated 7/25/2007, in Nevada. Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Kim Spencer to inform Ms. Charles that she is required to abide by the requirements of the Decision and Order when in New Hampshire or any other state and supervision would still need preapproval by the New Hampshire Board. Motion passed. Howard Goodman was not present.
A. Board Chair – Motion was made by Kim Spencer and seconded by Shawn Hassell to nominate Joseph Nadeau for Board Chair. No other nominations were made and the vote to elect Joseph Nadeau for the next year was unanimous.
B. Board Secretary – Motion was made by David Sundell and seconded by Alan Goodman to nominate Kim Spencer for Board Secretary with the authority to act as Board chair in Joseph Nadeau’s absence. No other nominations were made and the vote to elect Kim Spencer was anonymous.
C. Deborah Warner, Ph.D. – Dr.Warner will continue her role as supervisor of the supervisors group.
D. David Sundell, D. Min. will continue his role as the Board Investigator.
III. LETTER TO GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL
A. The Board revised a draft letter to Governor and Council asking it authorize the Board of Mental Health Practice to budget and expend $4800 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, 2012 (100% general funds). Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Kim Spencer to send the letter, as revised. Motion passed. Alan Goodman not present.
IV. APRIL BOARD MEETING DATE
A. Motion was made by David Sundell and seconded by Joseph Nadeau to change the April Board meeting date from April 20, 2012 to April 27, 2012. Motion passed. Alan Goodman was not present..
V. HB 554
A. Motion was made by David Sundell and seconded by Alan Goodman to form a committee consisting of Alan Goodman, Kathleen Shulman Skinner and Joseph Nadeau to draft a letter stating the Board’s position on HB 554. The Board will review the letter at its January 20, 2012 meeting. Motion passed.
Vote: For – KSS, KS, SH, JN, AG, DS
Opposed – DW
Recused – 0
B. Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Shawn Hassell to set up a meeting before January 20, 2012, with David Sundell Elyse Alkalay, Sarah Blodgett and Jason Reimers in a public format to discuss HB 554. Motion failed.
Vote: For: DW
Opposed: AG, KSS, KS, JN, DS
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, 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.
[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: Mark Baddeley, Tina Deschambault, Lisa Josephs, Wend Oslund-Morrow, Joel Yeaton and Sara Sullivan.
B. Approved clinical social workers: Angela Fallon
C. Approved psychologists: no applications for licensure approved
D. Approved marriage & family therapists – Rodney Baker, Matthew Martin and Kathryn Rogers
E. Approved pastoral psychotherapists – no applicants reviewed this month
II. APPROVED CANDIDATE FOR LICENSURE: SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS
A. Mental Health Counselors: Nancy Foster, Danielle Osgood, Mary St. Jean and Leslie Desrosiers
B. Social Workers: Chelsea Coffman, Betsianne Suzor-Harrington, Amanda Seavey, Beth Alves, Marta Neskey, Amanda Melson, Sara Baker and Sylvia Boyle
C. Marriage & Family Therapists: no agreements for review this month
D. Psychologists: Catherine Bergeron
E. Pastoral Psychotherapists: no agreements for review this month.
III. PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT INVESTIGATORS
A. David Kamen, Ph.D. has been approved as a Professional Conduct Investigator. Dr. Kamen has been licensed as a psychologist in the State of New Hampshire since January 24, 2003.
B. Vicki Anderson, Ph.D. – Professional Conduct Investigator, Vicki Anderson, Ph.D., was awarded 20 continuing education hours for completing a Report of Investigation for the Board.
Meeting was adjourned at 3:30 PM
Next meeting scheduled for January 20, 2011