The Blogmeister was recently made aware the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) was notifying current licensees of the need to renew their licenses via email. While the PLA is to be congratulated for attempting to save money on postage (they used to mail the reminders), they apparently did not realize many people change email addresses over the two year license period. End result… some people did not receive the notice and their licenses expired. As of the time of this post, they are allowing people to still renew their licenses, but there is an additional fifty dollar fee. Some people are reporting they received a mailed notice of this policy change, while others are being caught unaware. The Blogmeister’s advice? Check your license status ASAP and renew if you are expired.
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January 31, 2008
According to WTHR, Dr. Phillip McGraw “regrets” discussing his “visit” with pop singer Brittany Spears. Here is the background:
Spears, 26, was hospitalized in Los Angeles after a child custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline resulted in an hours-long standoff with police January 3. Federline has sole physical and legal custody of their two sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1.
McGraw said he visited the pop singer as a family friend, and rejected critics who accused him of practicing psychology without a license.
This is what Dr. Phil has to say:
“I regret making the statement. It didn’t help. It didn’t work,” the syndicated TV psychologist said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“I did not go there to diagnose her. I did not go there to treat her,” said McGraw, who showed up at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on January 5 as Spears was about to be discharged.
McGraw said he retired his Texas license after 25 years of private practice because of the demands of his “Dr. Phil” daytime talk show.
The Spears family has accused McGraw of betraying their trust by making an “inappropriate” public statement about the singer’s hospitalization.
McGraw had told celebrity news TV shows that Spears was in “dire” need of medical and psychological help.
In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday, McGraw said his public comments after visiting Spears were intended to prevent rumors and misinformation.
“I wanted to stop speculation about what may have gone on in there,” he said.
OK, whatever. We all know he went there to get ratings for his pseudo-psychological show. Anytime a person in the therapy, or psychological, field puts their needs in front of a person or family, in a professional situation, they act unethically. Speaking of which, a formal complaint was filed in California over the incident. The California Board of Psychology treats complaints as confidential, so we don’t know what will happen with this yet. Interestingly, the complaint also alleges Dr. Phil violated Ms. Spears confidentiality rights under HIPA. While the California complaint is a felony, the HIPA violation could result in federal charges.
January 29, 2008
January 22, 2008
Finally, someone, somewhere, is looking at treating Substance Abusers. In an area where money is usually non existent, comes this from the Indianapolis Star about a pilot program in Vigo County.
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has been awarded $14.49 million over three years for the Access to Recovery program.
That includes more than $1.44 million annually targeted to people recovering from meth addictions, which will be the focus of the Vigo County program. He said 30 percent of the program’s money must be spent on meth users.
Addiction treatment providers, include faith-based agencies, will apply to participate in the program, Scott said. The agencies are reimbursed for services from state vouchers. Services include care coordination, clinical treatment and recovery support.