IDAHO STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, Idaho

(208) 334-3233

 

Minutes of August 6, 2007

 

 

PRESENT:                   Robert Payne, Chair

Cheryl Jurgens - absent

Carolyn Burt-Patterson

Christina Elise Magera

Kristopher Walton

Dorothy Ring Ė Public Board Member

 

BUREAU STAFF:       Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                    Emily Mac Master, Deputy Attorney General

                                    Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

Marilyn London, Secretary

 

ALSO PRESENT:      

                                   

 

Meeting called to order by Board Chair, Robert Payne at 9:00 a.m.

 

New Board member Kristopher Walton was welcomed by Bureau and Board.

 

MINUTES

 

The Board reviewed the April 2, 2007 Board Meeting Minutes.  Moved by Ms. Burt-Patterson to approve the April 2, 2007 minutes.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Ms. Cory reported that the Bureau has two new investigators and one new support staff member and is in the process of hiring a new staff position to help with the complaints.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

 

Ms. Cory presented the financial report which indicates a balance of $51,097.51 as of July 31, 2007.

 

BUREAU/BOARD CONTRACT

 

Ms. Cory presented the Bureau/Board FY2008 contract renewal agreement for services.  Moved by Ms. Magera that the Board accept the contract renewal agreement and authorize the Board Chair to sign on behalf of the Board.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Ms. Cory presented the investigative report which indicates that for fiscal year 2008 that one (1) complaint has been received and is under investigation.

 

Fiscal Year 2007:  Forty-four (44) complaints were received.  Of those, two (2) have been closed following Board determination; one (1) was closed following Board disciplinary action; seven (7) are pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General; Twenty-three (23) are under investigation; and eleven (11) await Board determination.

 

Fiscal Year 2006: Thirty-four (34) complaints were received.  Of those, nine (9) have been closed following Board determination; two (2) were closed following Board disciplinary action; eight (8) are pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General; eleven (11) remain under investigation; and two (2) await Board determination.

 

Fiscal Year 2005:  Thirty-one (31) complaints were received.  Of those, eleven (11) have been closed following Board determination; four (4) were closed following disciplinary action; four (4) are pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General; eleven (11) remain under investigation; and one (1) awaits Board determination.

 

Fiscal Year 2004:  Forty-two (42) complaints were received.  Of those, twenty-four (24) have been closed following Board determination; five (5) were closed following Board disciplinary action; three (3) are pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General; one (1) remains under pro-review; eight (8) remain under investigation; and one (1) awaits 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) is pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General; one (1) remains under pro-review; and one (1) remains under investigation.

 

For Board Determination:

 

Case number SWO-L5A-2-2004-40:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Ring to accept the Bureauís recommendation to authorize closure with an advisory letter to respondent regarding the requirement to provide notice to clients when an interruption of service is anticipated.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-L3B-2-2005-26:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Ring to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P4-2-2006-20:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Burt-Patterson to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P4-2006-31:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Magera to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure and send referral to the other state.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P3D-4-2007-6:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Ring to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P4-2-2007-8:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Burt-Patterson to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P4C-2-2007-9:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Magera to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P4-2-2007-22:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Ring to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P3D-2-2007-30:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Ring to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P4-1-2007-33, 34, & 35:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Ring to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P2C-4-2007-37:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Ring to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure and send advisory letter to complainant.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-L4A-4-2007-38:   Following review it was moved by Ms. Magera to accept the Bureauís recommendation for closure and send an advisory letter to complainant.  Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

Recommended Action on Disciplinary Complaints:

 

Ms. Mac Master presented two cases SWO-2007-20 and SWO-2008-1.  After review the Board was in favor of the recommended recommendation for SWO-2007-20.  The Board requested additional information on case SWO-2008-1 to review at the next meeting.

 

Stipulation and Consent Order:

 

The Board reviewed the Stipulation and Consent Order for SWO-2006-9.  Moved by Ms. Burt-Patterson that the Board approve the Stipulation and Consent Order for SWO-2006-9 and authorize the Board Chair to sign on behalf of the Board.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

PROPOSED RULES

 

Mr. Hales presented the proposed rules.  Moved by Ms. Ring that the Board approve the proposed rules for the 2008 Legislative Session.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

INACTIVE LICENSURE STATUS

 

Mr. Hales presented language for a Law change regarding inactive license status.  Moved by Mr. Walton to approve the language for the Law change and present it to the 2008 Legislative Session.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

ADULT PROTECTION PROPOSED RULES

 

The Board reviewed and discussed the Adult Protection proposed rules and there were some concerns regarding the proposed changes.  The Board directed Ms. Cory to coordinate a committee meeting with Health and Welfare, NASW and two social work board members to discuss the concerns.

 

The Board reviewed the Medicaid Enhanced Plan Benefits temporary rule and indicated that this rule does not deal with social work services.

 

FINGER PRINTING

 

The Board discussed the possibility of requiring finger printing as part of the application process.  This is put on hold for further review in the future.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

The Board reviewed correspondence and directed the Bureau to respond as directed by the Board.

 

Licensed Social Worker LMSWI-57 requested an upgrade of their license to LCSW based upon holding a private practice license since licensure began for social workers.  Moved by Mr. Walton to grant the request and upgrade the license to LCSW.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed a request from a licensed social worker for an extension of continued education requirements based upon documented health issues and not being able to work.  Moved by Mr. Walton to grant a 6 month extension to the licensee to obtain the required continuing education.  Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

ASWB FALL MEETING

 

The next ASWB meeting is scheduled for November 9-11, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas.  Moved by Mr. Walton that the Board approves up to 3 members to attend.  Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

Mr. Payne attended the Spring ASWB meeting that was held in Mobile, Alabama.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Moved by Ms. Magera that the Board enter executive session to review applications and audited continuing education which is exempt from public disclosure per Idaho Code 67-2345 (1) (d).  Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

Moved by Ms. Magera to enter regular session.  Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

Next Board meeting is scheduled for December 3, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. at the Bureau of Occupational Licenses.

 

Moved by Ms. Burt-Patterson that the Board meeting adjourn at 4:15 p.m.  Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.