BOARD MEETING MINUTES – January 20, 2012
Present: Alan Goodman, LCMHC, Shawn Hassell, LMFT, Deborah Warner, LP, David Sundell, LPP, Kathleen Skinner Shulman, Ed.D., Public Member and Honorable Joseph P. Nadeau, Public Member present by teleconference call as allowed by RSA 91-A:2 III.
Not present: Kim Spencer, LICSW
Board meeting was called to order at 9:25 AM.
Pursuant to RSA 91-A III (a) Joseph Nadeau stated that he was 1500 miles away and unable to attend the meeting in person.
Pursuant to RSA 91-A III (e) all votes taken during the meeting were by roll call vote.
Draft minutes of the December 16, 2011 meeting were reviewed by the Board.
Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Alan Goodman to approve the minutes with corrections to: motion to approve minutes - change JH to DS, V HB 554 B- change SH to abstained instead of recused and III Professional Conduct Investigators - change Board Investigator to Professional Conduct Investigator. Motion passed.
Vote: For – KSS, SH, JN, DW, DS, AG
Opposed – 0
Recused – 0
A. John J. Randolph, Ph.D., ABPP – The Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Randolph on behalf of the New Hampshire Psychological Association’s concerns about how the Board handled the issue of recusals and professional Board member substitutions at its November 18, 2011 meeting. Motion was made by Kathleen Skinner Shulman and seconded by Alan Goodman to table this matter until the February 17, 2012 meeting. Motion passed.
Vote: For: KSS, SH, JN, DW, DS, AG
B. Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Joseph Nadeau to
put a draft response to Dr. Randolph’s letter on the public agenda of the February 17, 2012 Board meeting. Motion passed.
Vote: For: KSS, SH, JN, DW, DS, AG
A. HB 554 – The Board reviewed a draft letter from the Board to the Legislature regarding HB 554. Motion was made by Deborah Warner and seconded by Shawn Hassell to change “privacy concerns” in paragraph 2 to “substantive and fair adjudication”. Motion failed.
Vote: For: SH, DW
Opposed: JN, KSS, AG, DS
Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by David Sundell to send the letter as written. Motion passed.
Vote: For: JN, KSS, AG, DS
Opposed: DW, SH
Dissenting remarks from Deborah Warner regarding HB 554 – “HB 554 is
about protecting the privilege and fourth amendment rights for third party patients about the state obtaining the records of patients without their knowledge or consent. The letter states that the patient’s privacy is balanced with other concerns, which cannot be “balanced” if these rights are entirely disregarded in board record handling practices.”
B. HB 1174, HB 1508 and SB 343-FN – Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by David Sundell to receive these bills for informational purposes only. Motion passed.
Vote: For: JN, KSS, DS, AG, SH
III. COMMITTEE TO STUDY BOARD RULES
A. Motion was made by Joseph Nadeau and seconded by Alan Goodman to appoint Alan Goodman, Kathleen Skinner Shulman and David Sundell to a preliminary committee to review Administrative Rules Mhp 100-500 for possible rule changes/ and or additions that may be needed. This committee will also look at rules regarding electronic communications and confidentiality. Motion passed.
Vote: For: JN, KSS, DS, AG, SH, DW
Upon the motion of Deborah Warner and seconded by Shawn Hassell, 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 Alan Goodman, 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, and CEU’s for Professional Conduct Investigators 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: Elizabeth Portash
B. Approved clinical social workers: Amy Prince, Caitlin Miftari, Katherine Marks-Cook, John Iudice, Pamela Hoskins, Laurie Williams and Elizabeth Dimino
C. Approved psychologists: Armenio Costa
D. Approved marriage & family therapists – Kimberly Briggs and Pilar Seidler
E. Approved pastoral psychotherapists – no applicants reviewed this month
II. APPROVED CANDIDATE FOR LICENSURE: SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS
A. Mental Health Counselors: Karen Harrison, Catherine Moore, Elisa Monahan, Shelly Ispan and Jennifer Schirmer
B. Social Workers: Jennifer Comeau, Bean Breidenthal and Kimberly Mueller
C. Marriage & Family Therapists: Andrea Teixeira, Amanda Pooler and Carol Heald
D. Psychologists: Noreen Donovan and Katerina Tolsitikova
E. Pastoral Psychotherapists: no agreements for review this month.
III. PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT INVESTIGATORS
A. Judith Coleman, LCMHC. – Professional Conduct Investigator, Judith Coleman, was awarded 20 continuing education hours for completing a Report of Investigation for the Board.
Meeting was adjourned at 2:30 PM
Next meeting scheduled for February 17, 2012