For Immediate Release - July 02, 2012

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals Announces Enforcement Action

BOSTON – July 2, 2012 -- The Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals today announced disciplinary action against the following individuals:

John C. Harrington, Attleboro

By consent agreement, the Board imposed a formal reprimand against licensed mental health counselor Harrington. In the agreement, Harrington admitted that for the licensure cycle of Jan. 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2009, he failed to complete the minimum continuing education credits required for renewal under Board regulations. As part of the agreement, Harrington also will be required to take 30 additional continuing education credits.

Nelsida Guzman, North Andover

By consent agreement, the Board imposed a $1,000 fine against Guzman for unlicensed practice. Despite not holding a license from the Board, Guzman admitted to supervising and signing off on a co-worker’s post-graduate hours needed for licensure while working at Health & Education Services, Inc.

Cynthia R. Palfrey, Malden

By consent agreement, the Board has accepted the voluntary surrender of Palfrey’s expired license to practice as an allied mental health professional. Palfrey admitted the Board could find that she had violated Board regulations and statutes.

The Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions licenses candidates who meet the statutory and regulatory requirements developed for rehabilitation counselors, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists and educational psychologists.

In carrying out its mission, the Board administers and enforces the regulations related to the educational criteria necessary for a person to be licensed and contracts with test vendors to provide the licensing examinations. Of equal importance, the Board seeks to protect consumers by exercising its authority to discipline those licensed individuals who violate licensing laws and regulations. The Board currently licenses a total of approximately 6,139 individuals in the mental health profession.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure’s web site at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the “Check a Professional’s License” link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business 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 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.