IDAHO BOARD OF PSYCHOLOGIST EXAMINERS

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, ID 83702-5642 

 

Board Meeting Minutes of 2/14/2008

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:   BARNEY GREENSPAN, PH.D. - CHAIR

                                                            BILL R ARNOLD, PH.D.

                                                            ANN DOROTHEA KIRKWOOD, MA

                                                            RONALD PONSFORD, PH.D.

                                                            KEVIN KRACKE, PH.D. Ė via telephone

 

BUREAU STAFF:                             Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                                            Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                                            Dawn Hall, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                                            Emily Mac Master, Deputy Attorney General

                                                            Deborah Sexton, Board Secretary

 

OTHERS PRESENT:                        Dr. Eric Jones, Counselor Board Member

                                                            Robert Payne, Board Chair of Social Work

                                                            Scott Tiffany, Mental Health Bureau Chief

Division of Behavioral Health

 

                                                            

Meeting was called to order at 8:04 a.m. MST by Dr. Barney Greenspan.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

The Board reviewed the minutes of December 6, 2007 and made some corrections.  Ms. Ann Kirkwood moved to approve the minutes as amended.  Seconded by Dr. Bill Arnold, motion carried.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Ms. Tana Cory followed up with information from the commission on uniformed state laws in regard to uniform emergency volunteer health protection practitioners.  Ms. Cory presented the board with a draft that was in the process on how that would work. There are plans to introduce legislation in cooperation with the Bureau of Disaster Services in 2009.

 

Dr. Kracke joined the meeting via telephone.

 

INVESTIGATIONS

 

Ms. Emily Mac Master presented consent order PSY-2008-4.

 

Dr. Kracke moved to accept the stipulation and consent order against PSY-2008-4 and authorize the chair to sign on behalf of the board. Seconded by Dr. Arnold, motion carried.  Ms. Kirkwood recused herself.

 

Ms. Mac Master presented memorandum PSY 2008-5.

 

Dr. Arnold moved to close PSY 2008-5 at this time with regards to disciplinary action.  Seconded by Ms. Kirkwood, motion carried.  The board will discuss this matter with legal counsel to determine whether a letter can be sent.  

 

Mr. Budd Hetrick presented the investigative report which is available to the public on the Bureauís website at:  http://ibol.idaho.gov/psy/disciplinary/psy_inv_2008-02-14.htm

 

Ms. Kirkwood moved to accept IBOLís recommendation for closure against complaint I-PSY-2005-11. Seconded by Dr. Ponsford, motion carried.  Dr. Kracke recused himself.

 

Dr. Arnold moved to accept IBOLís recommendation for closure against complaint I-PSY-2005-12. Seconded by Ms. Kirkwood, motion carried.

 

Ms. Kirkwood moved to accept IBOLís recommendation for closure and send an advisory letter regarding the open door issue against complaint I-PSY-2006-1. Seconded by Dr. Arnold, motion carried.  

 

The Board feels the open door policy is not good practice and may not be in the patientís best interest, but rather in the Psychologistís best interest.  A general policy of leaving ones door opened during therapy is not prudent and runs the risk of violating a patientís confidentiality and violating the ethical standards.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Dr. Ponsford moved to enter into executive session under Idaho Code 67-2345 (1) (d), to consider records that are exempt from disclosure.  Seconded by Dr. Arnold, motion carried. Individual vote for this motion was: Dr. Ponsford, aye; Dr. Arnold, aye; Ms. Kirkwood, aye; Dr. Kracke, aye.

 

Dr. Kracke signed off.

 

Ms. Kirkwood moved to enter into regular session.  Seconded by Dr. Ponsford, motion carried. Individual vote for this motion was: Dr. Ponsford, aye; Dr. Arnold, aye; Ms. Kirkwood, aye.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

The Board reviewed a correspondence from Dr. Woody regarding service extenders. It is the Boardís interpretation that a service extender may not be supervised by multiple psychologists under one supervisory plan.  Each psychologist for whom the service extender works must submit a separate application and plan for approval by the Board.

 

Dr. Kracke joined via telephone.

 

The Board has serious concerns of the current use of PSR (psycho-social rehabilitation) providers and the fact they may be providing services outside their realm of expertise. The Board would like to see better regulation of these providers in order to protect the public. 

 

The Board had a lengthy discussion regarding PSR.  Joining the conversation were Dr. Eric Jones, Mr. Robert Payne and Mr. Scott Tiffany.

 

Dr. Ponsford moved to direct the Bureau Chief to contact the Division of Medicaid and other interested parties and set up a meeting to discuss the use of PSRís.  Seconded by Dr. Arnold, motion carried.

 

Dr. Kracke signed off.  

 

The Board discussed Dr. Arnoldís invitation to serve on the Clinical Psychology Advisory Committee for the ISU doctoral program. 

 

Dr. Ponsford moved to allow Dr. Arnold to serve on the advisory committee for ISU solely as a board representative.   Seconded by Ms. Kirkwood, motion carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

 

Dr. Arnold moved to enter into executive session under Idaho Code 67-2345 (1) (d), to consider records that are exempt from disclosure.  Seconded by Ms. Kirkwood, motion carried. Individual vote for this motion was: Dr. Ponsford, aye; Dr. Arnold, aye; Ms. Kirkwood, aye.

 

Ms. Kirkwood moved to enter into regular session.  Seconded by Dr. Arnold, motion carried. Individual vote for this motion was: Dr. Ponsford, aye; Dr. Arnold, aye; Ms. Kirkwood, aye.

 

Ms. Kirkwood moved to direct counsel to prepare a letter in regards to memo 2008-5. Seconded by Dr. Ponsford, motion carried.

 

APPLICATIONS

 

Dr. Arnold moved to approve Dr. Sandra Firth-Schlender for licensure based upon meeting all the requirements for licensure.  Seconded by Dr. Ponsford, motion carried.

 

Dr. Ponsford moved to approve Dr. James Connelly for licensure based upon meeting all the requirements for licensure.  Seconded by Ms. Kirkwood, motion carried.

 

Dr. Ponsford moved to approve Dr. Cherie Atkins for licensure based upon meeting all the requirements for licensure.  Seconded by Ms. Kirkwood, motion carried.

 

Dr. Arnold moved to approve Dr. Ted Barrett for licensure based upon meeting all the requirements for licensure.  Seconded by Ms. Kirkwood, motion carried.

 

Dr. Greenspan turned the chair over to Dr. Arnold.

 

Dr. Greenspan moved to approve Dr. Jill Hedt for licensure based upon meeting all the requirements for licensure.  Seconded by Dr. Ronald Ponsford, motion carried.

 

Dr. Greenspan moved to approve Dr. Kathleen Condon for licensure based upon meeting all the requirements for licensure.  Seconded by Dr. Arnold, motion carried.

 

Dr. Arnold turned the chair back over to Dr. Greenspan.

 

The Board broke for lunch.

 

The Board reconvened.

 

Dr. Kracke joined via telephone.

 

The Board reviewed rules and statutes drafted by the task force.  The Board discussed each section.  

 

NEXT MEETING

 

The next Board meeting will be April 24th 2008 at the Bureau of Occupational Licenses from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p. m. and April 26th, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at St. Alphonsus conference center.

 

Ms. Kirkwood moved to adjourn the meeting at 3:21 p.m.  Seconded by Dr. Arnold, motion carried.