February 9, 2009

The State Board of Social Workers announced today disciplinary action against the following licensee:

Beverly Ethier, Chicopee

The Board revoked Ethier's license by order of default. The Board alleged that Ethier, while the Director of Social Services at Mercy Care Center in Springfield, and after a Mercy Care resident died, failed to notify that resident's family both of her death and of her authorization to have the resident cremated. Furthermore, the Board alleged that Ethier withdrew and used $1,100 of the resident's money to pay for the resident's funeral arrangements without authorization to do so. The Board alleged that these actions constituted gross misconduct, gross incompetence, gross negligence, unethical or unprofessional conduct, practicing beyond the scope of her license, and engaging in dishonesty, fraud, or deceit that is related to the social work profession.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at http://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 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 31 boards of registration.