Code of Alabama - Title 34: Professions and Businesses - Section 34-17A-14 - Disciplinary actions
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Section 34-17A-14 - Disciplinary actions.
(a) The board may deny, revoke, or suspend a license granted pursuant to this chapter or otherwise discipline a licensee on any of the following grounds:
(1) Conviction of a crime which the board determines to be of a nature as to render the person convicted unfit to practice marriage and family therapy. The board shall compile, maintain, and publish a list of the crimes.
(2) Violation of ethical standards of a nature as to render the person found by the board to be unfit to practice marriage and family therapy. The board shall publish and maintain the ethical standards.
(3) Fraud or misrepresentation in obtaining a license.
(4) Other just and sufficient cause which renders a person unfit to practice marriage and family therapy as promulgated by the rules of the board.
(b) Upon finding that a person governed by this chapter has practiced marriage and family therapy, advertised that he or she performs marriage and family therapy or such counseling services, or utilized a title or description denoting that he or she is a marriage and family therapist, without having first obtained a license, the board may do any of the following:
(1) Impose an administrative fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(2) Issue a cease and desist order.
(3) Petition the circuit court of the county where the act occurred to enforce the cease and desist order and collect the assessed fine.
(c) No license may be denied, suspended, or revoked or an individual otherwise disciplined for the reasons set forth in subsections (a) and (b) without prior notice and opportunity for hearing, except that the board may, without prior notice of hearing, suspend for up to one year the license of any person convicted of a crime as set forth in subdivision (1) of subsection (a). The burden of proof shall be on the board in any proceeding to suspend or revoke a license. No license may be denied, suspended, or revoked or an individual otherwise disciplined pursuant to this section except by vote of a majority of the board membership.
(d) Any person may file a complaint with the board seeking denial, suspension, or revocation of a license issued or to be issued by the board or seeking to otherwise discipline an individual for any violation of this chapter or the rules and regulations promulgated by the board. Complaints shall be in a form prescribed by the board. If the board determines that a complaint alleges facts which, if true, would require disciplinary action or denial, revocation, or suspension of a license, it shall promptly institute a hearing. Whenever the board is of the opinion that a complaint does not state facts which warrant a hearing, the complaint may be dismissed. The board may institute a hearing for disciplinary action or for denial, suspension, or revocation of a license on its own motion.
(e) Any person may be permitted to intervene and participate in board hearings on disciplinary action or denial, suspension, or revocation of licenses upon a showing of an interest in the proceedings.
(f) Any person whose license has been suspended or revoked may apply to the board for vacation of the suspension or reinstatement of the license.
(g) In addition to any other disciplinary action, the board may levy and collect administrative fines for violations of this chapter or the rules and regulations of the board in an amount not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each violation.
(Acts 1997, No. 97-170, p. 247, §14; Act 2006-540, p. 1243, §1.)Sections: Previous 34-17A-7 34-17A-8 34-17A-9 34-17A-10 34-17A-11 34-17A-12 34-17A-13 34-17A-14 34-17A-15 34-17A-16 34-17A-17 34-17A-18 34-17A-19 34-17A-20 34-17A-21 Next
Last modified: February 19, 2012