BOARD MEETING MINUTES – December 18, 2009
Present: Sheila Renaud-Finnegan, David Braiterman, Joan Staigers Haley, Tom Boulter, Deborah Warner, David Sundell and Gail Mears
Not present for the public session: Kay Sternenberg
Tom Boulter called the meeting to order at 9:10 AM
Draft minutes of the November 20, 2009 meeting were reviewed. Motion was made by David Sundell and seconded by Gail Mears to approve the minutes with the following corrections: remove the apostrophe from the word “complainants” on page 1 and indicate Joni Haley as recused from the vote on Amy Blanchard’s application.
For: DS, SRF, TB, JH, DB, DW, GM
A. Robert Desmarais – Mr. Desmarais faxed a copy of his testimony from the JLCAR hearing held on 11/19/09. Motion was made by Joni Haley and seconded by Sheila Renaud-Finnegan to send a letter to Mr. Desmarais thanking him for the information and inform him that the Board has formed a sub-committee to address the preliminary objections to the rules. Motion passed unanimously.
B. MacKenzie, Rebecca – The Board reviewed a letter from Ms. MacKenzie asking what she needs to do to be able to do testing. Motion was made by David Braiterman and seconded by Sheila Renaud-Finnegan to send a letter to Ms. MacKenzie explaining the questions she raises pertain to competency in a particular area of practice. Motion passed unanimously.
C. Larsen, Mark, NH Public Defender – The Board reviewed a letter from Mr. Larsen stating that his office has difficulties in retaining qualified forensic psychologists as defense experts due to public defenders interpretation of RSA 330-A. Motion was made by Joni Haley and seconded by Kay Sternenberg to send a letter to Mr. Larsen stating that the Board discussed the issue and is going to confer with legal counsel. Lisa Wolford, attorney for the Public Defender’s office was present during discussion of this matter. Motion passed unanimously.
D. Letter from the Board to Senate President Larson and Speaker Norelli – Motion was made by David Braiterman and seconded by David Sundell to ratify the letter that was sent regarding the JLCAR hearing as an action of the Board. Motion passed.
For: TB, JH, SRF, DS, GM, DB
Not present: KS
II. RULE UPDATES
A. Final Proposal 2008-164 (Mhp 100) – Motion was made by David Braiterman and seconded by Sheila Renaud-Finnegan to adopt Final Proposal 2008-164 to become effective upon the effective date of Final Proposals 2008-165 and 2008-1666. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Waiver of 45-day deadline for filing objection responses – Carol J. Holahan approved the Board’s waiver request to the 45-day deadline for filing objection responses to FP 2008-165 and FP 2008-166.
C. Sub-committee for responding to preliminary objections – Motion was made David Braiterman and seconded by Sheila Renaud-Finnegan to form a subcommittee to draft responses to the preliminary objections for full Board review. The committee will consist of Kay Sternbenberg, Sheila Renaud-Finnegan, Tom Boulter and Deb Warner.
A. Board Chair – Motion was made by David Sundell and seconded by David Braiterman to nominate Joan Staigers Haley for Board Chairperson. No other nominations were made and the vote to elect Joan Staigers Haley for the next year was unanimous.
B. Board Secretary – Motion was made by Joni Haley and seconded by Deb Warner to nominate Kay Sternenberg for Board Secretary. No other nominations were made and the vote to elect Kay Sternenberg for the next year was unanimous.
A. HB 410 (LADAC licensing) – This bill is scheduled for a House vote on 1/6/2010.
B. LSR 2825 – Awaiting SB number for this LSR re: proposed changes to RSA 330-A:3, RSA 330-A:12, RSA 330-A:18, RSA 330-A:19 and RSA 330-A:31.
Upon the motion of Joni Haley and seconded by David Braiterman, 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 Joni Haley and the second of David Braiterman, 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: Anna Lee Brown, Nichole Dionne, Katie Pagnotta, Dahlia Rizk, Patricia Weatherbee, Kathryn Smith, James Clements, Ryan Long, Erika Bacon, Karen Arsenault, Cody Chevalier, Heather Kingston, Jessica Francis
B. Approved clinical social workers: Michelle Bedy, Carol James, Cheryl Seavey, Meghan Santos, Rebecca Sartor, Gregory Lamm, Johnnie Smith-Shull.
C. Approved psychologists: Katherine Moore Harris, Joanna Rohbaugh.
D. Approved marriage and family therapists – no applicants this month
E. Approved pastoral psychotherapists – no applicants this month
II. APPROVED CANDIDATE FOR LICENSURE: SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS
A. Approved mental health Counselors: Mark Baddeley, Sandra Groetzinger, Christina Smalley, Lisa Wettig, Rachel Kowalsky, Emily Corbin, Felicia Real, Julia Reilly, Patricia Marshall, Jessica Nichols*, Christine Conder, Jacob Champney, Karen Desmarais.
B. Social Workers: Rachel Boles, Erin Gilligan, Kathryn Haber, Meghan Knight, Holly Schaefer, Kristen Magro, Shelly Lathrop, Melissa Nicholson
C. Marriage & Family Therapists: no agreements approved
D. Psychologists: Michael Brodeur, William Breen, Sarah Katz, Eben Schwartz
E. Pastoral Psychotherapists: no applicants reviewed this month
*Joni Haley recused from Jessica Nichols
III. NOTICE OF HEARING
A. The Board issued a Notice of Hearing on the following application:
Lori Chase – applicant for LICSW– hearing scheduled for February 19, 2010 at 9:15 am
B. The Board issued a Notice of Hearing for a disciplinary hearing on:
Alan Gladsden, Psy.D.- hearing scheduled for March 26, 2010
IV. ADVISORY COMMTTEE
Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by David Braiterman to appoint Arlene Brewster, Ph.D. to the Psychology
Advisory Committee. Motion passed.
Meeting was adjourned at 4:00 PM
Next meeting scheduled for Friday, January 15, 2010