March 1, 2005

Harry M. Young of Andover has voluntarily surrendered his license to practice as a mental health counselor for a minimum of three years, according to the state's Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals ("Board").

Young admitted that in the course of treating several patients, he violated professional boundaries by borrowing money from a client and engaging in conduct that was inappropriate and unprofessional. Young agreed that he would not practice, apply for reinstatement of his license or apply for a new license as a mental health counselor or family counselor in Massachusetts prior to the end of the three-year surrender period, effective October 25, 2007.

The Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals licenses approximately 5,350 allied mental health professionals throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal year 2004, the Board received 14 new complaints and resolved six complaints from this and previous fiscal years.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/dpl/ and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating and renewal of approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.