IDAHO STATE BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY

Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main Street, Suite 220
Boise, Idaho 83702-5642
(208) 334-3233
FAX (208) 334-3945

Regular Board Minutes of July 18th & 19th, 2006

 

 

Tuesday July 18th

 

ROLL CALL:

Roberta Crockett, M.A., Chairman

Jerome Fischer, Ph.D.

Bobbie Birdsall Ph.D.

Brenda Freeman, Ph.D.

Eric Jones, Ph.D.

Kathryn T. Hill

 

BUREAU STAFF PRESENT:

Deborah Sexton, Technical Records Specialist 1

 

Chairman Roberta Crockett called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

 

The Board reviewed the May 2 & 3 2006 minutes and discussed corrections.  Moved by Dr. Jones to approve the minutes as corrected.  Seconded by Dr. Freeman, motion carried.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to enter into executive session to review applications exempt from public disclosure.  Seconded by Dr. Jones, motion carried. 

 

Dr. Fischer moved to exit executive session.  Seconded by Dr. Jones, motion carried.

 

Dr. Fischer moved to license those applicants who were approved by the Board and to send letters to the applicants requiring additional information.  Seconded by Dr. Jones, motion carried. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday July 19th

ROLL CALL:

Roberta Crockett, M.A., Chairman

Jerome Fischer, Ph.D.

Bobbie Birdsall Ph.D.

Brenda Freeman, Ph.D.

Eric Jones, Ph.D.

Kathryn T. Hill

 

BUREAU STAFF PRESENT

Rayola Jacobsen, Bureau Chief

Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

Karl Klein, Deputy Attorney General

Deborah Sexton, Technical Records Specialist 1

 

ALSO PRESENT:

Jill Mitchell, Idaho Association of Marriage & Family Therapy

Pat Alexander, IMHCA ~ Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association

Phyllis Horvath, Applicant

Tim Carson, Applicant

 

Chairman Roberta Crockett called the meeting to order at 9:00am.

 

Jill Mitchell extended an invitation to the Idaho Association of Marriage & Family Therapy conference in September 2006.

 

Rayola Jacobsen presented the Legislative Report, stating that they do expect a brief legislative session in August however the only item on the agenda would be property tax relief.

 

Ms. Jacobsen informed the Board that with the Bureau receiving new assignments the indirect costs to each Board are in some instance showing a marked decrease, others have seen a minor decrease.

 

Ms. Crockett commended the Bureau for their new Board secretary. Stating on record the Board’s appreciation for the work she has done in getting familiar with the Board.

 

Ms. Jacobsen presented the investigative report as outlined below:

FY2007: No complaints have been received to date.

FY-2006: Thirteen (13) complaints were received. Of those, eleven (11) are currently under investigation; and two (2) await Board determination.

FY-2005: Twenty-eight (28) complaints were received. Of those eight (8) were closed without action; five (5) were referred for formal action; eleven (11) remain open and under investigation; and four (4) await Board determination.

FY-2004: Twenty-six (26) complaints were received. Of those, fifteen (15) were closed without action; five (5) were referred for formal action; two (2) remain open and under investigation; and four (4) await Board determination.

FY-2003: Twenty-one (21) complaints were received. Of those, twelve (12) were closed without action; four (4) were referred for formal action; three (3) remain under investigation; and two (2) await Board determination.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure with an advisory letter against complaint COU-P3-01-2003-10. Seconded by Dr. Jones, motion carried.

 

Dr. Jones moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint

COU-P4-01-2003-19. Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried.

 

Dr. Freeman moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint COU-P4-02-2004-2. Seconded by Dr. Jones, motion carried.

 

Dr. Fischer moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint COU-P5B-04-2004-12. Seconded by Dr. Jones, motion carried.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint COU-P4C-02-2004-16. Seconded by Dr. Jones, motion carried.

 

Dr. Freeman moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint COU-P3-01-2004-23. Seconded by Dr. Birdsall, motion carried.

 

Dr. Jones moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint

COU-L4-02-2005-8. Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried.

 

Dr. Fischer moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint COU-P3A-02-2005-12. Seconded by Dr. Jones, motion carried.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint COU-L4B-04-2005-16. Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried.

 

Dr. Jones moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint

COU-L4A-03-2005-26. Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried.

 

Dr. Freeman moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint COU-L4C-02-2006-3. Seconded by Dr. Birdsall, motion carried.

 

Dr. Fischer moved to approve IBOL recommendations for closure against complaint COU-P4C-02-2006-6. Seconded by Dr. Jones, motion carried.

 

Ms. Jacobsen presented the financial report for the conclusion of fiscal year 2006.  Noting that we are now in fiscal year 2007 and the financial report would be updated the first week in August to show the new amounts.  Last year’s beginning budget was $122,000 with a cash balance excess of $71,914, expenditures were $176,766 and revenue of $119,301 leaving a cash balance of $14,450 at the end of fiscal year 2006. 

 

Ms. Jacobsen went on to explain that the complaint process, investigative process and number of complaints received dramatically affects the Board’s finances. 

 

The Board discussed a task assigned to Dr. Craig in which money was allocated to see if that money could be transferred towards creating a brochure that would outline what the licensing board does and also explain the complaint process. 

Dr. Freeman moved to accept the financial report.  Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried.

 

Deputy Attorney General Karl Klein presented the following:

 

COU-2005-7 stipulation and consent order. Dr. Birdsall moved to accept the stipulation. Seconded by Dr. Jones, motion carried.

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the contract for services between the Bureau and the Board. Mr. Hetrick then went over the renewal agreement and addressed changes made in the contract for fiscal year 2007.

 

Dr. Jones moved to approve the contract and authorize the Board Chair to sign. Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried.

 

The Bureau made a recommendation to the Board about raising the fees for licensure in order to keep a balanced budget. The Board’s discussion of this recommendation noted that fees in 1984 were $50 and then increased to $60 in 1989. There has not been an increase in licensure fees in 18 years.

 

Dr. Jones moved, that given all the information that had been presented by the financial report, to raise the cost of the application and renewal fees across the board to $100 and instruct Attorney Roger Hales to draft a rule for presentation to the legislature. Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried.

 

Ms. Crockett to draft a letter to send out regarding the fee increase and also directed the Bureau to post the information on the website. 

 

Attorney Roger Hales went over the provisions of the Rules that were proposed at May 2nd & 3rd 2006 meeting.  The board specifically discussed the wording of Rule 300.06 National Credential Registry, noting that they were unclear as to whether an applicant was actually “granted” credentials or if it should read “registered” with the NCR.  Attorney Roger Hales to follow up on the language. 

 

Dr. Freeman moved to approve or one to two 1 / 2 to Rule 225.01.ii and also Rule 225.01.iii No more than one-half (1 / 2) of group supervision shall be allowed.   Seconded by Dr. Birdsall, motion carried.

 

The Board discussed a correspondence letter in regards to PSR.  Ms. Crockett noted per October 5 & 6 2004 minutes, Psycho-Social Rehabilitation (PSR) was discussed by the Board. Dr. Fischer moved to accept PSR experience be approved for the licensure requirement if all other qualifications about supervised experience are met. Dr. Freeman seconded the motion and it carried.  The Board noted as long as it was within the “Scope of Practice” (i.e. counseling in nature) and meets the requirements in Statute 54-3401. 

 

Ms. Crockett will draft a letter in response to Mr. Poe’s correspondence. 

 

The Board discussed a retired or inactive status for licensure.  Dr. Freeman and Dr. Fischer were assigned the task of researching and gathering information on this matter, including looking at other states with inactive or retirement status licenses.  That information will be presented to the Board at their next meeting.   

 

The Board recessed for lunch 12:00 p.m.

 

The Board reconvened at 1:00 p.m.

 

Ms. Crockett noted that Dr. Fischer’s term was due to expire at the end of June, however due to the transition in the Governor’s office there had not been any response as to what the Governor was going to do with that appointment.  Dr. Fischer will continue to serve on the Board until a replacement is named by the Governor. 

 

Election of Officers

Dr. Jones moved that Ms. Crockett remain Chairman with Dr. Fischer as Vice Chair.  Seconded by Dr. Freeman, motion carried.

 

Dr. Fischer moved to enter into executive session to meet with applicants and discuss their applications which are exempt from public disclosure.  Seconded by Dr. Freeman, motion carried.

 

Dr. Freeman moved to enter into regular session.  Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried. 

 

Dr. Jones moved to accept Mr. Carson’s request for hardship and would approve his endorsement pending receipt of clinical membership of AAMFT.  Seconded by Dr. Freeman, motion carried.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to deny a request to waive the requirements for accreditation due to licensure law and include a letter to discuss the applicant’s options.  Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried.

 

Dr. Birdsall moved to enter into executive session to discuss an application that is exempt from public disclosure.  Seconded by Dr. Fischer, motion carried.

 

Dr. Jones moved to enter into regular session.  Seconded by Dr. Freeman, motion carried.

 

Dr. Freeman moved to accept Mr. Welch’s 20 hours of continuing education pending documentation for the prior year and require an additional 20 hours continuing education with 3 hours in ethics for current year.  Seconded by Dr. Birdsall, motion carried.

 

The Board went on record stating that they had heard from Mr. Welch regarding his concerns with the investigations conducted by the Bureau.  The Board asked the Bureau staff to meet with Mr. Welch to address those concerns. 

 

Dr. Jones moved that ethics/CEU credits come in a form of a specific course or program dedicated to law and ethics and it is not acceptable to say it is contained in or “infused” in another course.  Seconded by Dr. Birdsall, motion carried.

 

Ms. Crockett presented a continuing education approval form from Myrna Thatcher noting that Ms. Thatcher has been very involved in getting continuing education courses that would meet the Boards approval.  The Board discussed options for Ms. Thatcher to be listed as an already approved continuing education provider.  Ms. Crockett will draft a letter outlining these options and also provisions to providing continuing education courses that would be Board approved in the future. 

 

Discussion was held on the AMFTRB meeting in September and modified to reduce costs.  Ms. Crockett and Dr. Jones will be in attendance, with 1 member staying for both AMFTRB & CLEAR and 1 member just attending AMFTRB. 

 

The AASCB will meet in January and Dr. Freeman and Dr. Birdsall will be in attendance. 

 

The Board discussed the NBCC conference and went on record stating they will only send the one person whose expenses are paid by NBCC. 

 

The IDMFT will meet September 29, 2006 with Ms. Crockett, Dr. Fischer and Dr. Jones in attendance and Ms. Hill possibly attending.

 

The ISCA will meet October 5 & 6 2006.  Dr. Freeman will contact them for information on attending the conference. 

 

The next Board meeting is scheduled for October 3rd & 4th, 2006.

 

Dr. Jones moved to adjourn the meeting.  Seconded by Dr. Freeman, motion carried.