June 2006

The Division of Professional Licensure and the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals ("Board") entered a consent agreement with Robert Guise of Jamaica Plain, placing his license on probation for a period of twelve months. The decision became effective on November 29, 2005. Guise admits to continuing contact and communication with a patient after the patient's therapy was terminated.

During his twelve month probation period, Guise agrees to participate in bi-weekly supervised sessions with a Board approved supervisor. Guise will be responsible for any costs associated with the supervision. The supervisor must submit quarterly written reports to the Board documenting the supervision provided and the issues addressed; the first report is due 90 days after the agreement's effective date. Guise must also successfully complete a Board approved college-level course in counseling ethics during his probation period.

The Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals licenses approximately 5,646 allied mental health professionals throughout the Commonwealth. In Fiscal Year 2005, the Board received 14 new complaints and resolved 15 complaints from this and previous fiscal years. The Board held one investigative conference and accepted the voluntary surrender of two licenses.

The Board of Registration of Chiropractors licenses approximately 1,977 chiropractors throughout the Commonwealth. In Fiscal Year 2005, the Board received 46 complaints and resolved 62 complaints from this and previous fiscal years. The Board held five investigative conferences and four formal hearings. The Board entered into 25 consent agreements, accepted the voluntary surrender of one license, revoked two licenses, placed 21 licenses on suspension, and placed 13 licenses on probation.

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 ("DPL") is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 29 boards of registration.