IDAHO BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS

Bureau of Occupational Licenses

1109 Main Street, Suite 220

Boise, ID 83702-5642 

 

Board Meeting Minutes of 12/7/2009

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Cheryl R. Jurgens - Chair

                                                             Dorothy Ring

                                                             Robert Payne

                                                             Kristopher L. Walton

                                                             Christiane E. Magera

 

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:    Carolyn Burt

 

BUREAU STAFF:                           Tana Cory, Bureau Chief

                                                            Dawn Hall, Administrative Support Manager

                                                            Lori Peel, Investigative Unit Manager

                                                            Karl Klein, Administrative Attorney

                                                            Emily Mac Master, Deputy Attorney General

                                                            Marilyn London, Technical Records Specialist I

 

OTHERS PRESENT:                     Delmar Stone, NASW

                                                            Christy Forkenbrock, Applicant – by phone

                                                            Patricia Geyer, Applicant – by phone

                                                                                                                             

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 9:15 AM MST by Cheryl R. Jurgens.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

The Board reviewed the minutes from the August 3, 2009 meeting. It was moved by Ms. Magera that the Board approve the August 3, 2009 Board meeting minutes. Seconded by Mr. Walton, motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the minutes from the September 11, 2009 conference call meeting. A correction was noted. It was moved by Mr. Payne that the Board approve the September 11, 2009 conference call minutes as corrected. Seconded by Mr. Walton, motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the minutes from the October 2, 2009 conference call meeting. It was moved by Mr. Walton that the Board approve the October 2, 2009 conference call minutes. Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the minutes from the November 6, 2009 conference call meeting. It was moved by Ms. Magera that the Board approve the November 6, 2009 conference call minutes. Seconded by Mr. Walton, motion carried.

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

 

Ms. Cory discussed the Proposed Law and asked if the Board would like the Bureau to link it to the Board’s website prior to the legislative session. It was moved by Ms. Ring that the Bureau link the Proposed Law to the web. Seconded by Mr. Payne, motion carried.

 

FINANCIALREPORT

 

Ms. Hall presented the financial report to the Board showing a cash balance of $54,025.19 as of November 30, 2009.

 

RENEWAL CONTRACT

 

Ms. Hall presented the 2010 Bureau/Board Renewal Contract. It was moved by Mr. Payne that the Board approve the 2010 Renewal Contract and authorize the Chair to sign on behalf of the Board. Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

STIPULATION AND CONSENT ORDER

 

Ms. Mac Master presented the Board a Stipulation and Consent Order on case SWO-2008-12. It was moved by Mr. Payne that the Board accept the Stipulation and Consent Order on case SWO-2008-12 and authorize the Chair to sign on behalf of the Board.

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION ON DISCIPLINARY COMPLAINTS

 

Ms. Mac Master reviewed with the Board disciplinary complaint cases. After review, the Board presented recommendations to the Attorney General’s Office.

 

It was moved by Mr. Payne that the Board close complaint case SWO-2010-9 with an advisory letter and authorize Ms. Burt to approve the letter on behalf of the Board. Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

 

Ms. Peel presented the investigative report.

 

For Board Determination:

 

I-SWO-2009-12  R initially failed to respond to the CE audit request but subsequently provided documentation verifying completion of appropriate CEs.  IBOL recommends the Board authorize closure. It was moved by Mr. Payne that the Board close case I-SWO-2009-12. Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

It was moved by Ms. Magera that the Board enter executive session, under Idaho Code 67-2345(1)(d), to consider records that are exempt from disclosure under the Idaho Public Records Law. The purpose of the executive session will be to consider license application materials. Seconded by Mr. Payne, motion carried. Individual votes for this motion were: Mr. Payne, aye; Mr. Walton, aye; Ms. Ring, aye; Ms. Magera, aye; and Ms. Jurgens, aye.

 

It was moved by Mr. Walton that the Board enter regular session. Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried. Individual votes for this motion were: Mr. Payne, aye; Ms. Magera, aye; Ms. Ring, aye; Mr. Walton, aye; and Ms. Jurgens, aye.

 

NASW

 

Mr. Stone provided information to the Board regarding the National Association of Social Workers’ process for Professional Review. NASW will be holding ethics continuing education workshops and incorporating information on past disciplinary actions on social workers. The Board presented other topics for training consideration.

 

OPEN MEETING LAW

 

Mr. Klein presented the Board members a copy of the July 2009 Idaho Open Meeting Law Manual. He also informed the Board of the new changes to the open meeting law.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Ms. Jurgens reported on the different Association of Social Work Boards exam levels. There are four levels: bachelor, master, advanced generalist, and clinical. These exams are based on the groups each exam is designed to target. The structure of examinations and specific requirements for each level vary from state to state.

 

Adjourn For Lunch

 

The Board meeting adjourned for lunch from 12:10 PM to 1:15 PM.

 

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

 

Ms. Peel presented a letter from disciplinary case SWO-2002-2 requesting to have their disciplinary information removed from the Board’s website. It was moved by Ms. Magera that the Board deny the request and send a letter explaining the Board’s position. Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

Ms. Peel presented a letter from disciplinary case SWO-2008-6 requesting approval of their supervision plan and a payment plan for covering the investigative cost. It was moved by Mr. Payne that the Board approve the supervision plan and payment plan for case SWO-2008-6. Seconded by Mr. Walton, motion carried.

 

Ms. Peel presented a request from disciplinary case SWO-2008-2 regarding approval of continuing education courses to meet the requirements. Mr. Payne recused himself from the discussion. It was moved by Mr. Walton that the Board approve the continuing education courses. Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

Ms. Peel presented a Continuing Education Settlement Order for case SWO-2009-2. It was moved by Ms. Magera to accept the Settlement Order for case SWO-2009-2 and authorize the Chair to sign on behalf of the Board. Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried.

 

Ms. Peel presented a Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Final Order for case SWO-2010-3. It was moved by Mr. Walton to accept the Findings of Fact, Conclusion of Law and Final Order for case SWO-2010-3. Seconded by Mr. Payne.  Mr. Walton amended the motion to authorize the Chair to sign on behalf of the Board.  Amended motion carried.

 

CLINICAL SUPERVISION PLAN

 

Mr. Payne presented a print out of information regarding clinical supervision requirements from neighboring states. The Board will be revising the clinical supervision plan and supervision report forms.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

STAFF REVIEWING APPLICATIONS

 

The Board discussed the monthly conference call meetings that were intended to authorize licenses to be issued to applicants. The meetings are taking longer than intended with other agenda items being included. Mr. Klein stated that the Board has the option of delegating authority to support staff to issue licenses in routine situations, where issuing the license depends on the applicant satisfying objective criteria set in rule or law, such as holding a certain degree, passing an examination, payment of a fee, etc. It was moved by Ms. Ring that the Board delegate to Bureau staff the authority to review and issue licenses. Any non-routine applications that are questionable or would require Board expertise to review will be sent to the Board Chair for direction.  Seconded by Mr. Walton, motion carried.

 

Clinical supervision plan applications and exam applications will be sent to a designated Board member for review.

 

ASWB MEETING

 

Ms. Magera attended the ASWB meeting and reported that the examination fees will be raised to $230 for bachelor and master level and $260 for clinical level starting January 1, 2010. ASWB contracts with ACT for administering the exams. They are accepting proposals from other testing agencies at this time.

 

HEALTH AND WELFARE INFANT TODDLER PROGRAM

 

Ms. Ring attended the Health and Welfare Infant Toddler Program meeting regarding mental health endorsement. The meeting was to promote the endorsement for culturally sensitive, relationship-focused practice infant mental health for workers.

 

RULE CHANGES

 

The Board discussed possible rule changes for the 2011 Legislature. After this legislative session, the Board will look at the related field section in the rules and may possibly do a temporary rule change.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

It was moved by Ms. Magera that the Board enter executive session, under Idaho Code 67-2345(1)(d), to consider records that are exempt from disclosure under the Idaho Public Records Law. The purpose of the executive session will be to consider license application materials. Seconded by Mr. Payne, motion carried. Individual votes for this motion were: Mr. Payne, aye; Mr. Walton, aye; Ms. Ring, aye; Ms. Magera, aye; and Ms. Jurgens, aye.

 

It was moved by Mr. Walton that the Board enter regular session. Seconded by Ms. Ring, motion carried. Individual votes for this motion were: Mr. Payne, aye; Ms. Magera, aye; Ms. Ring, aye; Mr. Walton, aye; and Ms. Jurgens, aye.

 

APPLICATIONS

 

It was moved by Mr. Payne that Patricia Geyer be approved to take the ASWB master level exam. Upon passing the exam, the application will come before the Board for further review pending receipt of additional information. Seconded by Mr. Walton, motion carried.

 

BOARD MEMBER EXPENSE

 

It was moved by Ms. Magera that the Board authorize payment of expenses for Mr. Payne for attending the Health and Welfare committee meetings and for teaching at the clinical supervision training. Seconded by Mr. Walton, motion carried.

 

SUB-COMMITTEE

 

It was moved by Ms. Ring that the Board appoint Ms. Jurgens and Mr. Payne as a sub-committee to work on revising the clinical supervision plan and supervision report forms. Seconded by Ms. Magera, motion carried.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

The Board reviewed correspondence and directed the Bureau to write letters as directed.

 

The Board reviewed a letter from Heidi Triplett requesting a waiver or extension for continuing education requirements. It was moved by Ms. Magera that the Board grant a 90-day extension for meeting the 20 hours of continuing education. Seconded by Mr. Walton, motion carried.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

It was moved by Ms. Magera that the Board meeting adjourn at 4:55 PM MST. Seconded by Mr. Walton, motion carried.

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Cheryl R. Jurgens, Chair                                   Dorothy Ring

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Robert Payne                                                   Carolyn Burt

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Kristopher L. Walton                                        Christiane E. Magera

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Tana Cory, Bureau Chief