Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals Announces Enforcement Actions
BOSTON - The Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals (the "Board") today announced enforcement actions against the following individuals:
John Boles, Greenfield: The Board entered into a consent agreement with Boles, resolving allegations that he failed to immediately notify the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) that a patient he was treating had disclosed to him that he had been sexually abused. While state law required Boles to notify the DPPC immediately, Boles waited until the day after his patient's disclosure to provide the notification. Additionally, Boles also admitted that he failed to maintain adequate records for the same patient. Under the terms of the agreement, Boles agreed to a one year period of probation of his mental health counseling license. During the probationary period, Boles' mental health counseling activities will be supervised, and the supervisor is required to provide quarterly reports to the Board regarding his practice.
Robert Guise, Jamaica Plain: The Board secured the voluntary surrender of Guise's expired license to practice as a marriage and family therapist, resolving disputed allegations that he engaged in a prohibited romantic relationship. In a voluntary surrender agreement, Guise admitted that he violated a provision of the Model Code of Ethics for Marriage and Family Therapists of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards which states that therapists "must recognize the potentially influential position they may have with respect to clients, students, employees, and supervisees."
William Clifford Haughn, Plymouth: The Board secured the voluntary surrender of Haughn's license to practice as a mental health counselor. In the voluntary surrender agreement, Haughn admitted that there are sufficient facts for the Board to find that he violated certain principles of the Code of Ethics of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, and that the Board would be warranted to take disciplinary action against his license.
Jennifer McLean, Billerica: The Board secured the voluntary surrender of McLean's license to practice as a rehabilitation counselor. In the voluntary surrender agreement, McLean admitted that, while working at South Bay Mental Health in Brockton on various dates from April through July 2012, she made written statements indicating that she had treated clients when she had not done so. Additionally, McLean also admitted to describing various treatments using or causing the use of inappropriate medical coding of said treatments in violation of Board regulations.
The Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals 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 more than 6,800 individuals to practice in the mental health profession.
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Consumers are urged to visit the DPL's website 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. Follow DPL on Twitter @MassDPL.