March 14, 2006

The Boards of Registration of Psychologists and Allied Mental Health Professions recently entered into consent agreements with Jay King of Canton, resulting in the voluntary surrender of his license to practice psychology for three years, effective January 5, 2006.

King admitted that he failed to disclose in his licensure application a malpractice suit filed against him. Under the terms of the consent agreement, King may petition for license reinstatement following the three-year surrender period, but the Board may impose conditions for reinstatement if deemed necessary.

The Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professions also entered a consent agreement with King, placing his license to practice as a marriage and family therapist on probation for two years. During the probationary period, a licensed mental health provider approved by the Board will supervise King. The supervisor will review, monitor and evaluate King's practice and report it to the Board on a quarterly basis. If King fails to demonstrate compliance with the terms of the agreement, the Board has the discretion to suspend his license to practice marriage and family therapy.

The Board of Registration of Psychologists licenses approximately 5,100 psychologists throughout the Commonwealth. The Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals licenses approximately 5,600 allied mental health professionals throughout the Commonwealth.

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.