IDAHO STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, Idaho

(208) 334-3233

 

Minutes of April 3, 2006

 

 

 

PRESENT:                   Robert Payne, Chair

Vicki Powers- absent

Cheryl Jurgens

Dorothy Ring – Public Board Member

Carolyn Burt-Patterson – absent

Christina Elise Magera

 

 

BUREAU STAFF:       Rayola Jacobson, Bureau Chief

                                    Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

Emily MacMaster, Deputy Attorney General

Marilyn London, Secretary

 

ALSO PRESENT:       Terry Tippery – Idaho Clinical Society

                                    Dr. Daniel Harkness – Boise State MSW Program

                                    MSW Students

                                    Jack Fouriner –Social Work Applicant

                                    Steven Bentley - Social Work Applicant

 

 

Mr. Payne called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

 

MINUTES

 

The Board reviewed the December 5, 2005 minutes.  Moved by Ms. Jurgens to approve the minutes with corrections.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

LEGISLATION REPORT

 

Ms. Jacobsen reported that the Rules were approved with no opposition.  These Rules are regarding the supervision registration, which will go in effect January 1, 2007.  The Bureau will also have two additional responsibilities effective July 1, 2006.  They are the Physical Therapists and Athletic Commission.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the financial report, which indicates a balance of $75,551.15.  The cash balance is on the low side.  The Bureau will review and if there needs to be an adjustment they will bring back a recommendation at the August meeting.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the investigative report, which indicates that 23 complaints have been received for fiscal year 2006.  One awaits board determination and 22 remain under investigation.  For fiscal year 2005 there were 29 complaints received.  Five have been closed and 4 have been referred for administrative action.  There are 2 waiting Board determination and 18 remain under investigation.  For fiscal year 2004 there were 42 complaints received and 12 have been closed.  There have been 7 referred for administrative action and 2 await Board determination and 21 remain under investigation.  For fiscal year 2003 there were 18 complaints received and 9 have been closed.  There have been 6 referred for administrative action and 3 remain under investigation.  For fiscal year 2002 there were 25 received and 14 have been closed.  There have been 10 referred for administrative action and 1 remains under investigation.

 

Mr. Hetrick presented case SWO-L6C-1-2004-5.  Moved by Ms. Jurgens that the Board accept the Bureau’s recommendation to authorize closure and the Board audit the 2005 continuing education credits.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Mr. Hetrick presented case SWO-P4C-1-2004-18.  Moved by Ms. Jurgens that the Board accept the Bureau’s recommendation to authorize closure.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Mr. Hetrick presented case SWO-P5A-2-2005-21.  Moved by Ms. Ring that the Board accept the Bureau’s recommendation to authorize closure.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Mr. Hetrick presented case SWO-P5A-2-2005-29.  Moved by Ms. Jurgens that the Board accept the Bureau’s recommendation to authorize closure.  Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

Mr. Hetrick presented case SWO-B2-4-2006-19.  Moved by Ms. Jurgens that the Board accept the Bureau’s recommendation to authorize closure.  Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

Mr. Hetrick presented a letter from a social worker previously disciplined by the Board requesting reinstatement of their license.  They have met all the requirements that were addressed in the signed stipulation.  Moved by Ms. Jurgens that the Board authorize reinstatement of their license without restrictions.  Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

Ms. Mac Master presented case SWO-2006-2 for the Board to review for recommended action.  Moved by Ms. Jurgens that the Board accept the recommendation on case SWO-2006-2  that the Board authorize the Attorney General’s Office to file a complaint against the Respondent to revoke their 5-year renewal right. Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Ms. Mac Master presented case SWO-2006-3 for the Board to review recommended action.  Moved by Ms. Jurgens that the Board accept the recommended action on case SWO-2006-3 recommending that the Attorney General’s Office negotiate a Consent Order whereby Respondent is ordered to pay the costs of investigation and attorney fees and is required to take 3 addition hours of continuing education in boundaries and ethical concerns; not to be included as part of the required 20 hours of continuing education.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Mr. Payne shared that the Florida Board of Social Work includes an extra $5.00 renewal fee for each licensed social worker and the money is put in a dedicated fund to help with the cost of investigations.

 

The Board took a 5-minute break.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Moved by Ms. Jurgens that the Board enter executive session to discuss applicant files exempt from public disclosure.  Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

Moved by Ms. Ring that the Board enter regular session.  Seconded by Ms. Jurgens, motion carried.

 

Moved by Ms. Magera to accept and authorize social work applicant SWOA-27003 to take the ASWB master level exam.  Seconded by Ms. Jurgens, motion carried.

 

Moved by Ms. Jurgens to accept and authorize social work applicant SWOA-27111 to take the ASWB bachelor level exam.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

SUPERVISOR REGISTRATION

 

The Board discussed the new supervisor registration.  Part of the requirement is that all LCSW’s must take a 15-hour supervisor course approved by the Board.  Terry Tippery is in the process of taking a 16 hour supervisor training course and when he has completed the course it will be submitted for the Board to review for an approved course.  This course will be offered at Boise State University this Fall.

  

INACTIVE FILES

 

The Board discussed inactive social work applications and at this time there are no rules that address this issue.  Mr. Hales will draft language for a Rule Change to address inactive files for the Board to review at their next meeting.

 

RELATED FIELDS

 

The Board discussed the related field requirements and how to review applications under the related field rules as it is at this time.  The Board appointed a committee made up of Cheryl Jurgens as chair and include Vicki Powers and Dorothy Ring and Virginia Dickman.  This committee will meet and discuss related field requirements and bring back a recommendation to the next board meeting.

 

The Board reviewed the ASWB pass/fail rates for Idaho applicants and wanted to share this information with Idaho’s Colleges and Universities that have the social work programs.  The Bureau will send out congratulation letters with this information to the appropriate schools.

 

The Board broke for lunch and reconvened at 1:30 p.m.

 

The Board reviewed social work exam applications and audited continuing education for licensees.

 

The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.