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 H Tuesday, July 18, 2000 lSA home wondered in another What teenagers are like? f becom- this upcom- for a 17-year- Student from the local for the Ex- Program is willing board and a for a 17- Germany, She insur- money, and is eager Ameri- the school in on every- chores for this young lady sts her. the prom and seen through raised different information young lady con- in Su- or call the Ex- office toll free IJcon00: Keeffer say s county counsel should be consulted ing. Christensen told the board she had contacted the state De- partment of Mental Health, the state Board of Psychology, and state Attorney General's Of- rice, and Lassen County Dis- trict Attorney Robert Burns regarding the department' al- leged use of unlicensed person- nel. Lassen County Supervisor Lloyd Keefer, who also sits as a member of the advisory board, said, "It's hard for me to evaluate arid judge" the psy- chologist's allegations. But nonetheless, Keefer thought the issue warranted investigation by the mental health department. "I think this is something the administration should look into with county coun- sel," Keefer said. "If it is an is- sue, then we should do what we can do to correct it." Advisory board vice-chair Michael Carlee, said the advi- sory board should ensure men- tal health department employ- ees meet "all appropriate stan- dards, otherwise we could all be prosecuted one way or an. other." The advisory board asked the mental health department for a report at its August meet- ing. Christensen, who regularly attends advisory board meet- ings, told the board she re- moved her application for a seat on the advisory board last year because she was concerned about the possible liability board members might incur because a non-li- censed contractor provides Continued from page 1 rector Jim Jackson indicating that the complaints had been brought to the state's atten- tion. Romero said copies of the letters were forwarded to Jackson. The state asked Jackson to review the allegations in the letters and respond to the state within 15 days after receipt of the materials. Romero said the state's letter to Jackson was mailed on July 10. "We Can't just go by what people tell us," Romero told the Times. "We need the coun- ty to tell us what they're do- ing. We're asking Lassen County,to respond...It's Lassen County s responsibility to ver- ify the credentials of the peo- ple they hire." The Times was unable to ob- tain a comment from county officials for this story. Lassen County Personnel Manger Lynn Margolies was unable to comment for this story be- cause Jackson had taken the day off. She said it would be inappropriate for her to com- ment until she discussed the issue with Jackson. The Times also was unable to reach Lassen County Health and Human Services Director Tom Keeffer for comment late Friday afternoon because he had left for the day. The Men- tal Health Division operates as part of the Health and Human Services Department. to advilocy Dr. Lea Christensen, a psy- chologist who lives in Lassen County, raised the issue at Tuesday's, July 11, mental health advisory board meet- WE HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED! • Furniture • Curtains • Electronics * Knick Knacks • Appliances • Books • Antiques * Records • Kitchenware 'Clothing • Houseware * Shoes • C0UeQibles .... • Jewelry / Cos And Much More OPEN: Monday- Saturday 10am- 5 pm on-call emergency services for the mental health department. Jackson has repeatedly told Christensen the department believes that the contractor provides referral services and not "scope of practice" ser- vices, which require a license. But at Tuesday's meeting Christensen again pointed out that in her opinion whenever the contractor denies a client access to hospital treatment she is making a diagnostic as- sessment, a process which she says requires a license. Christensen also told the board that the department's former contract psychologist, Dr. Richard Lewis, did not meet licensing requirements in the state of California. Lewis is licensed to practice in Nevada. According to the state Board of Psychology, the Welfare and Institutions Code restricts a psychologist with an out-of- state license to 30 days of prac- tice in California tmless they apply for a license. The board refused to disclose if Lewis had ever applied for a state license. A psychologist without a li- cense may also get a waiver from the state Department of Mental Health while they pur- sue a license in Caliibrnia. But Romero told the Times the state Mental Health De- partment had no record that Lewis had ever applied for a waiver. On July 1, 1998, Lewis signed a contract with the Lassen County Mental Health Depart- ment to provide psychological services through Sept. 30, 1999. According to the contract, Lewis was to work "a mini- mum of six hours per day, at least one day per week and not to exceed ten days per month..." The contract was signed by Lewis, Jackson, Keeffer, and Deputy County Counsel Jan Heid. Christensen also complained that Dr. Attic Wingfield, a psy- chologist employed by the county mental health depart- ment also does not meet licens- ing standards because she is not being supervised in accor- dance with state law because the supervisor listed on her waiver is no longer working for the mental health depart- ment. Romero confirmed that Lassen County applied for a waiver for Wingfield last year and that the waiver was good for three years. But Romero added that the waiver is issued for those psychologists who are seeking a license in Cali- fornia. The waiver requires that the psychologist be supor- vised during at least 50 percent of the hours she works. Christensen told the board she was very concerned during a presentation Wingfield made at the board's June meeting where Wingfield described psychological tests she gave to inmates at the jail and in juVe- nile hall. Christensen told the board that as a licensed psychologist who has taught psychological testing at the graduate/profes- sional school level, it was clear to her that Wingfield's skills were not developed. Recall: Continued from page I Michael Carlee is expected to run for a regular term of of- fice after replacing Virgil Vaughan on the board. 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G St. • Susanville cam [ow00 No inmum00. ₯ Ge re caught  H Tuesday, July 18, 2000 lSA home wondered in another What teenagers are like? f becom- this upcom- for a 17-year- Student from the local for the Ex- Program is willing board and a for a 17- Germany, She insur- money, and is eager Ameri- the school in on every- chores for this young lady sts her. the prom and seen through raised different information young lady con- in Su- or call the Ex- office toll free IJcon00: Keeffer say s county counsel should be consulted ing. Christensen told the board she had contacted the state De- partment of Mental Health, the state Board of Psychology, and state Attorney General's Of- rice, and Lassen County Dis- trict Attorney Robert Burns regarding the department' al- leged use of unlicensed person- nel. Lassen County Supervisor Lloyd Keefer, who also sits as a member of the advisory board, said, "It's hard for me to evaluate arid judge" the psy- chologist's allegations. But nonetheless, Keefer thought the issue warranted investigation by the mental health department. "I think this is something the administration should look into with county coun- sel," Keefer said. "If it is an is- sue, then we should do what we can do to correct it." Advisory board vice-chair Michael Carlee, said the advi- sory board should ensure men- tal health department employ- ees meet "all appropriate stan- dards, otherwise we could all be prosecuted one way or an. other." The advisory board asked the mental health department for a report at its August meet- ing. Christensen, who regularly attends advisory board meet- ings, told the board she re- moved her application for a seat on the advisory board last year because she was concerned about the possible liability board members might incur because a non-li- censed contractor provides Continued from page 1 rector Jim Jackson indicating that the complaints had been brought to the state's atten- tion. Romero said copies of the letters were forwarded to Jackson. The state asked Jackson to review the allegations in the letters and respond to the state within 15 days after receipt of the materials. Romero said the state's letter to Jackson was mailed on July 10. "We Can't just go by what people tell us," Romero told the Times. "We need the coun- ty to tell us what they're do- ing. We're asking Lassen County,to respond...It's Lassen County s responsibility to ver- ify the credentials of the peo- ple they hire." The Times was unable to ob- tain a comment from county officials for this story. Lassen County Personnel Manger Lynn Margolies was unable to comment for this story be- cause Jackson had taken the day off. She said it would be inappropriate for her to com- ment until she discussed the issue with Jackson. The Times also was unable to reach Lassen County Health and Human Services Director Tom Keeffer for comment late Friday afternoon because he had left for the day. The Men- tal Health Division operates as part of the Health and Human Services Department. to advilocy Dr. Lea Christensen, a psy- chologist who lives in Lassen County, raised the issue at Tuesday's, July 11, mental health advisory board meet- WE HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED! • Furniture • Curtains • Electronics * Knick Knacks • Appliances • Books • Antiques * Records • Kitchenware 'Clothing • Houseware * Shoes • C0UeQibles .... • Jewelry / Cos And Much More OPEN: Monday- Saturday 10am- 5 pm on-call emergency services for the mental health department. Jackson has repeatedly told Christensen the department believes that the contractor provides referral services and not "scope of practice" ser- vices, which require a license. But at Tuesday's meeting Christensen again pointed out that in her opinion whenever the contractor denies a client access to hospital treatment she is making a diagnostic as- sessment, a process which she says requires a license. Christensen also told the board that the department's former contract psychologist, Dr. Richard Lewis, did not meet licensing requirements in the state of California. Lewis is licensed to practice in Nevada. According to the state Board of Psychology, the Welfare and Institutions Code restricts a psychologist with an out-of- state license to 30 days of prac- tice in California tmless they apply for a license. The board refused to disclose if Lewis had ever applied for a state license. A psychologist without a li- cense may also get a waiver from the state Department of Mental Health while they pur- sue a license in Caliibrnia. But Romero told the Times the state Mental Health De- partment had no record that Lewis had ever applied for a waiver. On July 1, 1998, Lewis signed a contract with the Lassen County Mental Health Depart- ment to provide psychological services through Sept. 30, 1999. According to the contract, Lewis was to work "a mini- mum of six hours per day, at least one day per week and not to exceed ten days per month..." The contract was signed by Lewis, Jackson, Keeffer, and Deputy County Counsel Jan Heid. Christensen also complained that Dr. Attic Wingfield, a psy- chologist employed by the county mental health depart- ment also does not meet licens- ing standards because she is not being supervised in accor- dance with state law because the supervisor listed on her waiver is no longer working for the mental health depart- ment. Romero confirmed that Lassen County applied for a waiver for Wingfield last year and that the waiver was good for three years. But Romero added that the waiver is issued for those psychologists who are seeking a license in Cali- fornia. The waiver requires that the psychologist be supor- vised during at least 50 percent of the hours she works. Christensen told the board she was very concerned during a presentation Wingfield made at the board's June meeting where Wingfield described psychological tests she gave to inmates at the jail and in juVe- nile hall. Christensen told the board that as a licensed psychologist who has taught psychological testing at the graduate/profes- sional school level, it was clear to her that Wingfield's skills were not developed. Recall: Continued from page I Michael Carlee is expected to run for a regular term of of- fice after replacing Virgil Vaughan on the board. 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