IDAHO STATE BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

 

Regular meeting

February 7-8, 2006

 

ROLL CALL:                          Jerome Fischer, Ph.D., Chairman

                                                Bobbie Birdsall Ph.D.                                                

                                                Brenda Freeman, Ph.D.

                                                Eric Jones, Ph.D.

 

ABSENT/EXCUSED             Roberta Crockett, M.A.

                                                Kathryn T. Hill

 

BUREAU PRESENT:              Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

                                                Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                                Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

                                                Dena Wagner, Technical Records Specialist I

                                                Marcie McGinty, Administrative Assistant / Investigative Unit

 

ALSO PRESENT:                   Heidi Deschamps, ICA

                                                Chantel Jones, IMHCA

                                                Roger Gabel, Deputy Attorney General

                                                Dick Craig, NNU        

                                                Sage Roberts, LMFT Board

                                                Kendra Lutes, Applicant

                                                 

                                               

Chairman Jerome Fischer opened the meeting at 9:05 a.m.

 

Ms. Jacobsen presented the legislative report.  New fees have been approved along with the increase in the number of supervisees per supervisor and the addition of the administrative fee for the exam.  Rules will go into effect upon adjournment. 

 

Ms. Jacobsen presented the financial report showing a positive balance of $37,325.01 as of 12/31/2005.  Beginning balance at the end of fiscal year 2005 was $71914.87 with current revenue being $55447.81 and expenditures $90037.67.

 

Ms. Jacobsen gave a brief overview for contactors registration.  There are nearly 10,000 contractors with registration in hand and approximately 3,500 are in various stages of the process.  The Board meets once a week and reviews each application carefully.  Nearly 55,000 brochures were distributed with mailings and meetings to inform the public about this new Board.  For four weeks the Bureau averaged over 500 calls per day before the deadline of January 1, 2006.  Currently there are temporary personnel in the office to assist with 1,200 applications that were recently received.

 

Dr. Birdsall discussed her trip to the AASCB Conference.  The meeting was supposed to be in New Orleans but due to hurricane Katrina it was moved to Phoenix, Arizona.  The major focus was the change of portability.  Twenty states agreed to use portability guidelines.  The decision is still up to each individual state to use portability guidelines or not.  The National Credentials registry is now up and running.  Cost is approximately $150 to bank credentials and $25 a year for renewal.  The advantage of banking credentials is to add security in case of the death of a supervisor, natural disasters and other situations.  They are CACREP approved and are mostly used to preserve supervised hours.  Idaho is still gathering information before accepting a National Credential Registry.  Idaho regulations may need to be in line with other states before starting this new process.  Additional portability information may be found on the IBOL website under the Professional Counseling Board.   Dr. Birdsall stated that the endorsement rule helps with the applications process but in talking with Dr. Nelson on the Psychologist Board, it was learned that the use of credentialing has made applying easy for psychologists.  Dr. Birdsall asked Attorney, Roger Hales, about increasing the supervised hours under Tier 2.  Dr. Freeman stated the Board was not looking into portability for LCP but rather for LCPC.  Council stated that additional rules submitted to governor’s office by August 1st then go to the Administrative Bulletin and are published statewide for public comment.  If 21 or more people request a hearing, the Board would be required to have one.  Dr. Freeman suggested surveying the first 20 states who volunteered for the program to assist in Idaho’s decision making.  Dr. Fischer stated the issue could be discussed further at the May and July Board meetings.  Currently the endorsement rule assists applicants in portability.  Dr. Birdsall pointed out that the Board may start the new process at anytime, as there is no timeframe and proposes an approach with wisdom rather than jumping on board immediately. 

 

Copies of the Informed Consent – Counselor Disclosure Statement were distributed for review for Online Counseling.  Dr. Fischer stated that online counseling should not be substituted for face-to-face since there are not any non verbal cues if you cannot read body language.  Dr. Freeman clarified some information regarding online counseling with a book “Online Therapy”.  Attorney, Roger Hales, stated that the form needs to be revised to remain consistent.  Ethical issues need to be identified along with reviewing the codes.  This may be as simple as reviewing to make statements neutral between Counselors and MFT’s. 

 

Confidentiality concerning e-mail was reviewed and clarified by Council regarding counselor and client as well as employer vs. employee.  Dr. Freeman suggested running Informed Consent thru HIPPA rules to ensure compliance of federal laws.

 

Dick Craig from NNU presented proposals for additions in post masters coursework.  Applicants must meet CACREP or be licensed as an LPC in Idaho.  NNU would like some feedback from the Board and would like to start advertising as soon as possible.  A copy will be forwarded to Ms. Crockett for review.

 

Meetings being held in 2006 were discussed.  The AAMFTRB will be held in Alexandra, Virginia September 14 – 16.  Ms. Crockett had said she would like to attend.  Dr. Fischer mentioned that two Board members usually attend this meeting.  The AASCB will be held this year also.  Dr. Fischer suggested that Dr. Birdsall attend and that he would attend should Dr. Birdsall decide against going.

 

Ms. Jones from IMHCA presented a situation of non-payment from insurance.  Blue Cross will not pay counselors for Bio Feedback until there is a ruling from the Board or Attorney General.  Ms. Jones asked the Board if they would write a letter regarding this matter.  Dr. Birdsall stated that she was not sure if the Board works in this role and asked to defer the question to Council.

 

Status on the pamphlet for “Licensed Professional Counselors of Idaho” by Dr. Craig was discussed.  Dr. Freeman proposed communicating with organizations that pamphlet is still in process with no completion date.

 

Bio feed back information was presented to Attorney, Roger Hales by Dr. Fischer.  Council stated Board many take position on this and recommended the Medical Association submit a letter specific to this matter to assist the Board with their position on this.

 

Chair moved to recess for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

 

Chairman Jerome Fischer called the meeting back to order at 1:10 p.m.

 

Dr. Fischer reviewed information from Dr. Craig with Dr. Jones.  Dr. Jones will contact Ms. Crockett concerning supervised experience hours ratio along with the coursework information.

 

Roger Gabel, Deputy Attorney General, reviewed a memorandum that was distributed by Ms. McGinty.  The memo was reviewed by the board and it was suggested to place the first case as a suspension withheld with a $500 fine and court costs.  Dr. Birdsall asked who filed the complaint and who could have made the distinction between counselor and psychologist in court.  Final decision is a 6 month suspension of license, withheld, and a $500 fine with court cost.

 

In the second case on the memo, an advisory letter is to be sent.

 

Concerning the third case in the memo regarding a client / counselor relationship, an affidavit from the employer states that the counselor has violated the rules.  Dr. Fischer stated that since this is a drug and alcohol counselor, this would fall under federal guidelines.  Agency is now stating there is no violation.  Dr. Jones stated that counselor needs to follow guidelines, including the unspoken guidelines of a supervisor.  A letter with ACA Guidelines along with instruction will be sent.

 

Dr. Birdsall made a motion for Dr. Fischer to sign a court stipulation in Ms. Crockett’s place.  Dr. Freeman seconded the motion.

 

Dr. Jones made a motion to accept evidence from Emily Masters for CEU’s and release of information.  Approved as submitted.  Dr. Freeman seconded.

 

Applicant approached the Board to discuss possibility of using endorsement rule to obtain LCPC in Idaho rather than apply for LPC.  Applicant was licensed in Washington for one year but had practiced for five.  She has completed one year of post-graduate training in addition to her master’s degree and has passed both the NCE and NCMHCE.  Board educated applicant on regulations.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to go into executive session to consider records that are exempt from disclosures as provided in chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code.  Dr. Jones seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to come out of executive session.  Dr. Freeman seconded the motion.

 

The first day of the meeting adjourned at 3:55 p.m. on 02/07/2006.

 

Chairman Jerome Fischer called the second day of the Professional Counseling Board to order at 9:05 a.m.

 

Dr. Jones moved to go into executive session to consider records that are exempt from disclosures as provided in chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code.  Dr. Birdsall seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to come out of executive session.  Dr. Jones seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the investigation report:

 

Investigation Trends

FY: 2006         10 complaints to date, 9 under investigation, 1 awaits Board determination

 

FY: 2005         28 complaints, 6 closed without action, 3 referred for formal action, 17 remain under investigation and 2 await Board determination.

 

FY: 2004         26 complaints, 13 closed without action, 6 referred for formal action, 4 remain under investigation and 2 await Board determination.

 

FY:  2003        21 complaints, 12 closed without action, 4 referred for formal action, 4 remain under investigation and 1 awaits Board determination.

 

COU-P4-1-03-19       Bureau recommends closure.  Dr. Freeman moved to close.  Seconded by Dr. Jones.

 

COU-P4-2-04-2         Bureau recommends closure.  Dr. Freeman moved to close.  Seconded by Dr. Jones.

 

COU-P4C-2-04-16     Bureau recommends closure.  Dr. Jones moved to close.  Dr. Birdsall seconded.

 

COU-L4-2-05-8         Bureau recommends closure.  Dr. Jones moved to close.  Dr. Freeman seconded.

 

COU-P3A-2-05-12     Bureau recommends closure.  Dr. Birdsall moved to close.  Dr. Jones seconded.

 

COU-P4C-2-06-6       Bureau recommends closure.  Dr. Birdsall moved to close.  Dr. Birdsall seconded.

 

Dr. Jones moved to go into executive session to consider records that are exempt from disclosures as provided in chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code.  Dr. Freeman seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to come out of executive session.  Dr. Jones seconded the motion.

 

Meeting adjourned for lunch at 11:40 a.m.

 

Meeting was called back to order at 12:45 p.m.

 

Dr. Jones moved to go into executive session to consider records that are exempt from disclosures as provided in chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code.  Dr. Freeman seconded the motion and it carried.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to come out of executive session.  Dr. Jones seconded the motion.

 

Ms. McGinty presented two requests for licenses that have past records.  The first applicant has met requirements and is seeking approval of continuing education.  His supervisor has submitted a letter supporting this applicant. 

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to reinstate license LCPC-20.  Dr. Jones seconded.

 

Ms. McGinty presented the second request.  Licensee states that she has attempted to reach the Bureau.  This licensee would like approval on supervision and would also like direction on where to make payments.  Ms. McGinty will draft a letter to clarify.  Board is requesting additional information on job description, function, and if supervisor is licensed. 

 

 Dr. Freeman moved to go into executive session to consider records that are exempt from disclosures as provided in chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code.  Dr. Jones seconded the motion and it carried

 

Dr. Jones moved to come out of executive session.  Dr. Freeman seconded the motion.

 

Dr. Jones moved to terminate an old file with no action since 1998 for Brent Johnson.  Dr. Birdsall seconded the motion.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to License those applicants who were approved by the Board and to send letters to the rest. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Licenses Issued

 

LPC

 

Abeer Abdo                                         LPC-3482                   02/09/06

Carrie Alexander Albritton                    LPC-3610                    02/09/06

Katie Anderson                                    LPC-3597                   02/09/06         

Sherri Dawn Bain                                 LPC-3479                   02/09/06

Connie Benke                                       LPC-3351                   02/09/06

Victor Bennett                                      LPC-3522                   02/09/06

Ashley Bringhurst                                 LPC-3470                    02/09/06

Marlene Darling                                    LPC-3621                   02/09/06

Reed Finlayson                                     LPC-3533                   02/09/06

Melissa Freeburg                                  LPC-3346                   02/09/06

Cyndia Glorfield                                   LPC-3393                   02/09/06

Shawn Gravelle                                    LPC-3523                   02/09/06

Penelope Hansen                                  LPC-3602                   02/09/06

Dea Hibdon                                          LPC-3483                   02/09/06         

Wynn Hill                                             LPC-3611                   02/09/06

Larry Lutz                                            LPC-3496                   02/09/06

Caroline Noronha D’Souza                   LPC-3537                   02/09/06

Wayne Nubile                                      LPC-3159                   02/09/06

Gary Pate                                             LPC-3625                   02/09/06

Michael Pitts                                         LPC-3593                   02/09/06

Stacy Pray                                            LPC-3306                   02/09/06

David Reynolds                                    LPC-3385                   02/09/06

John Schrom                                        LPC-3542                   02/09/06

Renea Sowder                                      LPC-3536                   02/09/06

Elicia Spotts                                         LPC-3581                   02/09/06

Gregory Sutton                                     LPC-3508                   02/09/06

Megan Taylor                                       LPC-3520                   02/09/06

Steven Ugaki                                        LPC-3499                   02/09/06

Jerri Walker                                         LPC-3594                   02/09/06

Lisa Williams                                        LPC-3500                   02/09/06

Randy Williams                                    LPC-3333                   02/09/06

Levi Wimer                                          LPC-2872                   02/09/06

Doug Yarbrough                                   LPC-3484                   02/09/06

Julie Zapadka                                       LPC-3244                   02/09/06

 

LCPC

Alisa Ellis                                             LCPC-3497                 02/13/06

Ronald Jones                                        LCPC-3560                 02/13/06

Shawna Kissell                                     LCPC-3467                 02/13/06

Sandra LaRue                                      LCPC-3481                 02/13/06

Rosemary Luque                                  LCPC-3480                 02/13/06

Vicki Stull                                             LCPC-3613                 02/13/06

Valarie Zuniga-Carr                              LCPC-3515                 02/13/06

 

LMFT

Marilyn Brown                                     LMFT-3513                 02/13/06

Robert Park                                         LMFT-3526                02/13/06

Bryan Ramboz                                     LMFT-3600                02/13/06

 

INTERNS

Morrine Abercrombie                           COUI-3595                 02/13/06

William Hansen                                     COUI-3582                 02/13/06

Keith Kurlander                                    COUI-3552                 02/13/06

Roy Spaulding                                       COUI-3607                 02/13/06