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Meeting of the Board of Regents | June 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 11:50pm

Report of




The Board of Regents

June 21, 2010

              Your Professional Practice Committee held its scheduled meeting on June 21, 2010.  All Committee members were present.  Regent Wade S. Norwood was present for both sessions, but did not vote on any case or action.


                                                                  ACTION ITEMS

Professional Discipline Cases

              Your Committee recommends that the reports of the Regents Review Committees, including rulings, findings of fact, determinations as to guilt, and recommendations, by unanimous or majority vote, contained in those reports which have been distributed to you, be accepted in 5 cases. In addition, your Committee recommends, upon the recommendation of the Committee on the Professions, that 33 consent order applications and 6 surrender applications be granted.

              These recommendations are made following the review of 44 cases involving nine licensed practical nurses, six registered professional nurses, five pharmacists, three licensed clinical social workers, three respiratory therapists, two architects, two dentists, two licensed practical nurses who are also registered professional nurses, two ophthalmic dispensers, two pharmacies, one physical therapist assistant, one acupuncturist, one chiropractor, one licensed master social worker who is also a licensed clinical social worker, and one occupational therapist.  [PPC EXS (A) 1-3]

Restoration Petitions

              Voted, that the Board of Regents deny the application of Steven Plotnick for the restoration of his license to practice as a physician in the State of New York.  [PPC EXS (A) 4]


Social Work Regulations – Your Committee recommends that sections 74.3 through 74.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended and that section 74.9 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be added, as submitted, effective June 29, 2010, as an emergency action upon a finding by the Board of Regents that such action is necessary for the preservation of the public health and general welfare to expedite the processing of applications for licensure as a licensed clinical social worker in New York and to provide clarity regarding acceptable supervised experience for licensure as a licensed clinical social worker to ensure public protection and address the social work needs of New Yorkers.  [PPC (A) 1]

Mental Health Professions Regulations – Your Committee recommends that sections 79-9.3, 79-9.4, 79-10.3, 79-10.4, 79-11.3, 79-11.4, 79-12.3, and 79-12.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended; and that sections 79-9.7, 79-10.7, 79-11.7, and 79-12.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be added, as submitted, effective July 14, 2010.  [PPC (D) 2]

                                           MOTION FOR ACTION BY FULL BOARD

              Madam Chancellor and Colleagues: Your Professional Practice Committee recommends, and we move, that the Board of Regents act affirmatively upon each recommendation in the written report of the Committee's deliberations at its meeting on June 21, 2010, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.

                                      MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION

              Your Committee discussed several topics of interest, including:


  • Deputy Commissioner’s Report/Update – The Deputy Commissioner reported on the following issues:
  • Report on the social work bill that passed the legislature that was based on the bill proposed by SED last year. The bill, which has been delivered to the Governor for action, would resolve the corporate practice obstacle to many providers and extend the agency exemption for three years.
  • Briefing on legislative bills that appear to be active this session.
  • Update on budget/staffing.
  • Update on technology.
  • Update on the discussion of the International Medical Schools Work Group.


  • Nursing Education for Licensure – This discussion was a continuation from the May PPC meeting regarding the concept of increasing the educational standards for an RN license to a BS.  The discussion included:
    • Trends in nursing education around the world.
    • The proposal to require RN’s to obtain a BS degree within 10 years following licensure.
    • The effects of a gradual phase-in of the BS requirement as compared to requiring the additional education immediately. [PPC (D) 1]


              That concludes our report.



                                                                                            Harry Phillips, 3rd, Co-Chairperson



                                                                                            Milton L. Cofield, Co-Chairperson