IDAHO STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, Idaho

(208) 334-3233

 

Minutes of April 2, 2007

 

 

 

PRESENT:                   Robert Payne, Chair

Vicki Powers

Cheryl Jurgens

Carolyn Burt-Patterson

Christina Elise Magera

Dorothy Ring Ė Public Board Member - absent

 

BUREAU STAFF:       Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                    Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                    Emily Mac Master, Deputy Attorney General

                                    Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

Marilyn London, Secretary

 

ALSO PRESENT:       Kathy Tidwell

                                    Delmar Stone

                                    Charles Pohl

                                    Daniel Harkness

                                    Boise State MSW Students

 

Meeting called to order by Board Chair, Robert Payne at 8:55 a.m.

 

Tana Cory, Bureau Chief introduced herself and gave information on her background.  The new Governor, Butch Otter, has requested that his administration be principle centered, customer focused, and data driven.

 

Mr. Payne asked Ms. Cory if there is a staff member that keeps a watch on legislative bills that may affect licensed professional.  Ms. Cory will check and get back to the Board.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the financial report which indicates a balance of $60,416.25.  The investigative cost is up and this has caused a decline in the cash balance.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the investigative report that shows for fiscal year 2007, twenty-six (26) complaints have been received.  Of those, two (2) have been closed following Board determination; one (1) is pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General; and twenty-three (23) are under investigation.

 

Fiscal Year 2006: Thirty-four (34) complaints were received.  Of those, nine (9) have been closed following Board determination; one (1) was closed following Board disciplinary action; eight (8) are pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General; one (1) remains under pro-review; and fifteen (15) remain under investigation.

 

Fiscal Year 2005; Thirty-one (31) complaints were received. Of those, nine (9) have been closed following Board determination; three (3) were closed following Board disciplinary action; two (2) are pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General;  two (2) remain under pro-review; thirteen (13) remain under investigation; and two (2) await Board determination.

 

Fiscal Year 2004: Forty-two (42) complaints were received. Of those, nineteen (19) have been closed following Board determination; five (5) were closed following Board disciplinary action; four (4) are pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General; one (1) remains under pro-review; eight (8) remain under investigation; and five (5) await Board determination.

 

Fiscal Year 2003: Eighteen (18) complaints were received. Of those, ten (10) have been closed following Board determination; five (5) were closed following Board disciplinary action; one (1) remains under pro-review; and two (2) remain under investigation.

 

Fiscal Year 2002: Twenty-five (25) complaints were received.  Of those, fourteen (14) have been closed following Board determination; ten (10) were closed following Board disciplinary action; and one (1) awaits Board determination.

 

For Board Determination:

 

Case number SWO-L4A-4-2002-10:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Jurgens to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure and write an advisory letter.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P5A-4-2004-9:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Magera to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Powers, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P3-4-2004-14:   Following review it was moved by Ms. Burt-Patterson to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Powers, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P3-4-2004-19:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Jurgens to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-L1B-4-2004-31:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Jurgens to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-L2B-1-2004-41:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Magera to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Powers, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P3B-4-2005-18:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Jurgens to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-B3-1-2005-25:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Powers to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Ms. Mac Master presented recommendations for the following complaint cases:  SWO-2007-6, SWO-2007-7, SWO-2007-8, SWO-2007-9, SWO-2007-10, SWO-2007-17 and SWO-2007-19.  After review the Board presented their recommendations to the Office of the Attorney General.

 

Case SWO-2007-9: Moved by Ms. Jurgens that the Board close the file and issue a warning letter to complete the required ethics continuing education if and when the license is reinstated in the future. Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried

 

Case SWO-2007-10:  Moved by Ms. Magera that the Bureau files a complaint.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Formal Disciplinary Action:

 

Ms. Mac Master presented the Board Stipulation and Consent orders for the following cases:

 

SWO-2006-8:  It was moved by Ms. Jurgens that the Board accept the consent agreement and authorize the Board Chair to sign on behalf of the Board.  Seconded by Ms. Powers, motion carried.

 

SWO-2007-15:  It was moved by Ms. Powers that the Board accept the consent agreement and authorize the Board Chair to sign on behalf of the Board.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

SWO-2005-5:  It was moved by Ms. Magera that the Board accept the consent agreement and authorize the Board Chair to sign on behalf of the Board.  Seconded by Ms. Powers, motion carried.

 

 

MINUTES

 

The Board reviewed the December 4, 2006 Board Meeting Minutes.  Moved by Ms. Magera that the December 4, 2006 minutes be approved. Seconded by Ms. Jurgens, motion carried.

 

Mr. Hales reported to the Board that the new rules regarding inactive files and deleting the exemption status are approved and are in effect as of March 31, 2007.

 

REGISTERED SUPERVISOR LIST

 

The Board discussed adding business phone numbers to the approved clinical supervisor list.  A sentence can be added to the application requesting the business phone number which is public information.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

 

Kathy Tidwell visited with the Board regarding the child welfare partnership that employs social workers.  The Board will be receiving continuing education documentation for audited social workers which is developed and provided for all levels of social workers through this partnership.

 

Delmar Stone presented the Board with the NASW committee guidelines for continuing education.  The Board reviewed the guidelines and made suggestions for changes.  These guidelines will be available on the NASW web site.

 

The Board reviewed a continuing education pamphlet from a provider that indicated the course was approved for Idaho Social Workers since it is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards.  The Board directed Ms. Cory to write a letter stating that the Idaho State Board of Social Workers does not pre-approve providers or courses.

 

INACTIVE STATUS

 

The Board discussed adding an inactive status for social workers.  Mr. Hales informed the Board that this will require a law change and then a rule change.  This issue will be further researched and discussed at the next board meeting.

 

FINGER PRINTING

 

The Board discussed requiring applicants to have finger printing done prior to being reviewed for approval to take the exam.  Ms. Cory informed the Board that the nursing home administrator and the residential care administrator boards are working through this process and can provide more information regarding this process in the future.  The Board decided to put this issue on hold until they have more information.

 

PROPOSED RULE

 

The Board discussed adopting a rule change adding the language ďregistered licensed clinical social workersĒ to Rule 201.8c.  Also clarifying registered counselor supervisor is with the counselor board and adding a section that addresses out of state supervision requirements.

 

CLINICAL APPLICATION

 

The Board reviewed the clinical application to commence clinical supervision.  The application will be updated with the changes from the Board and sent out for Board review.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

The Board reviewed a letter from an MSW student requesting information on clarity and guidance regarding the legal scope of work post graduation.  The Board directed Mr. Hales to respond to this letter.

 

Ms. Jurgens presented a report from the Lewis-Clark State College social work students regarding findings from the Idaho Board of Social Work Code of Professional Conduct and NASW Code of Ethics and ASWB Model Social Work Practice Act.  From this report the Board will propose some changes.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Moved by Ms. Burt-Patterson that the Board enter executive session to review applications and audited continuing education which is exempt from public disclosure per 9-340C, Idaho Code.  Seconded by Ms. Jurgens, motion carried.

 

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

 

The Board meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.