IDAHO STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, Idaho

(208) 334-3233

 

Minutes of December 3, 2007

 

 

PRESENT:                   Robert Payne, Chair

Cheryl Jurgens

Carolyn Burt-Patterson

Christina Elise Magera

Kristopher Walton

Dorothy Ring Ė Public Board Member

 

BUREAU STAFF:       Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                    Budd Hetrick, Deputy Bureau Chief

                                    Emily Mac Master, Deputy Attorney General

                                    Roger Hales, Administrative Attorney

Marilyn London, Technical Records Specialist I

James Hotchkiss, Hearing and Appeals Technician

 

ALSO PRESENT:       Charles Poll, Clinical Society

                                    Vinay Bhatnagar, Applicant

                                   

 

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

 

MINUTES

 

The Board reviewed the July 2, 2007 conference call minutes.  Moved by Ms. Burt-Patterson to approve the July 2, 2007 minutes.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the August 6, 2007 board meeting minutes.  Moved by Ms. Magera to approve the August 6, 2007 minutes.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Ms. Cory reported that the Bureau has a new employee, James Hotchkiss, Hearing and Appeals Technician to help with the processing of the complaints.  Also there are two new investigators that are in the process of being trained.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

Mr. Hetrick presented the financial report which indicates a balance of $42,279.66 as of October 31, 2007.  The Board is concerned with their declining balance and Mr. Hetrick informed the Board that the Bureau will be monitoring the situation and let them know if there is a need to raise the renewal fees.

 

FINAL ORDERS

 

Ms. Mac Master presented case SWO-2008-4 for Board review.  Moved by Ms. Ring that the Board accept the Findings of Fact, Conclusion of Law and Final Order for case SWO-2008-5.  Seconded by Ms. Jurgens, motion carried.  Moved by Ms. Jurgens to authorize the Board Chair to sign the Final Order on behalf of the Board.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Ms. Mac Master presented case SWO-2008-5 for Board review.  Moved by Ms. Magera that the Board accept the Finding of Fact, Conclusion of Law and Final Order for case SWO-2008-5 and authorize the Board Chair to sign on behalf of the Board.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

CONSENT ORDERS

 

Ms. Mac Master presented case SWO-2007-20 for Board review.  Moved by Ms. Jurgens that the Board accept the Stipulation and Consent Order for case SWO-2007-20 and authorize the Board Chair to sign on behalf of the Board.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Ms. Mac Master presented case SWO-2007-6 for Board review.  Moved by Ms. Burt-Patterson to accept the Stipulation and Consent Order for case SWO-2007-6 and authorize the Chair to sign on behalf of the Board and mail a copy of the Social
Work Rule 350 to answer the question on applying for the master level license.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Recommended Action on Disciplinary Complaints

 

Ms. Mac Master presented three complaint cases SWO-2007-11, SW0-2008-1 and SWO-2008-2 for recommendations for disciplinary actions.  After discussion the Board presented their recommendations.

 

Ms. Hales presented case SWO-2007-17 for Board review.  Moved by Ms. Magera that the Board adopt the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for case SWO-2007-16 and revoke the license and impose investigative cost and attorney fees as determined by the Bureau and authorize the Chair to sign on behalf of the Board.  Seconded by Ms. Jurgens, motion carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Moved by Ms. Jurgens that the Board enter executive session to review application exempt from public disclosure per Idaho Code 67-2345 (1) (d).  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

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

 

ENDORSEMENT RULE

 

The Board reviewed and discussed the endorsement rule and will further discuss at the April meeting for a possible rule change.

 

The Board broke for lunch at 12:15 pm and will reconvene at 1:30 p.m.

 

MINUTES

 

The Board reviewed the July 26, 2007 conference call minutes.  Moved by Ms. Jurgens to approve the minutes with one typo change.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

ASWB FALL MEETING

 

Mr. Payne reported on the November ASWB meeting he attended in San Antonio, Texas.  Some of the issues discussed were the exam pass rates and exam security.  Other discussion items were English as a Second Language and Clinical Supervision.  The Spring meeting will be May 15-18, 2008 at White Fish, Montana.  The Board will discuss who will be attending at their next meeting.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the investigative report:

 

Fiscal Year 2008:  To date, eighteen (18) complaints were received. Of those, four (4) are pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General; thirteen (13) are under investigation; and one (1) awaits Board determination.

 

Fiscal Year 2007:  Forty-four (44) complaints were received.  Of those, thirteen (13) 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;  Fifteen (15) are under investigation; and eight (8) await Board determination.

 

Fiscal Year 2006: Thirty-four (34) complaints were received.  Of those, eleven (11) have been closed following Board determination; four (4) were closed following Board disciplinary action; ten (10) are pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General; eight (8) remain under investigation; and one (1) awaits Board determination.

 

Fiscal Year 2005:  Thirty-one (31) complaints were received.  Of those, thirteen (13) have been closed following Board determination; four (4) were closed following disciplinary action; three (3) are pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General; nine (9) remain under investigation; and two (2) awaits Board determination.

 

Fiscal Year 2004:  Forty-two (42) complaints were received.  Of those, twenty-five (25) 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.

 

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; two (2) is pending legal review by the Office of the Attorney General; one (1) remains under pro-review.

 

For Board Determination:

 

Mr. Hetrick presented the following complaint cases for Board determination:

 

Case number SWO-L-4B-2-2005-8:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Ring to accept the Bureauís recommendation and authorize closure.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-L4A-4-2005-16:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Jurgens to accept the Bureauís recommendation and authorize closure.  Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-L3-1-2006-9:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Burt-Patterson to accept the Bureauís recommendation and authorize closure.  Seconded by Ms. Jurgens, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-B2B-4-2007-5:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Magera to accept the Bureauís recommendation and authorize closure.  Seconded by Mr. Walton, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-B6C-2-2007-13:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Ring to accept the Bureauís recommendation and authorize closure.  Seconded by Ms. Jurgens, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-B6C-2-2007-16:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Jurgens, to accept the Bureauís recommendation and authorize closure.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-B6C-2-2007-17:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Magera to accept the Bureauís recommendation and authorize closure.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-B6C-2-2007-18:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Burt-Patterson to accept the Bureauís recommendation and authorize closure.  Seconded by Mr. Walton, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P4B-2-2007-42:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Magera to accept the Bureauís recommendation and authorize closure.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P4C-2-2007-43:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Jurgens to accept the Bureauís recommendation and authorize closure.  Seconded by Ms. Burt-Patterson, motion carried.

 

Case number SWO-P4C-2-2008-6:  Following review it was moved by Ms. Burt-Patterson to accept the Bureauís recommendation and authorize closure.  Seconded by Mr. Walton, motion carried.

 

ADULT PROTECTION PROPOSED RULE

 

Mr. Payne reported that he attended a meeting with Adult Protection regarding their pending rule changes.  Kim Wherry Toryanski, Administrator followed up with a letter reflecting on the issues that they face and the reason for the proposed rules.  They need to be able to hire different disciplines to make up a team to address elder abuse.  Financial crimes committed against vulnerable adults comprise one of Adult Protectionís fastest growing criminal areas.

 

APPLICATION

 

The Board reviewed the clinical supervision plan application and made additional changes.  Once the changes are made the Board will review for approval.

 

The Board will add related fields to the April board meeting agenda for further discussion.

 

The Board will add Rule 450.01(i) to the April board meeting agenda for further discussion.  Mr. Walton will contact NASW and Mr. Payne will contact the Clinical Society for further research.

 

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