Psych Crime Reporter

November 24, 2010

Former counselor-therapist William Jefferson denied request for review/rehearing on license revocation

Filed under: health care licensing board discipline,mental health,mental health counselor — Psych Crime Reporter @ 9:58 pm

On May 7, 2010, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners issued an Order of Denial of Review or Rehearing Request on professional counselor-marriage and family therapist William Jefferson.

The Board revoked Jefferson’s licenses/certificates in February 2010 due to his criminal history and history of being involuntarily terminated by his employer.  Jefferson is reported to have answered “no” on subsequent license renewal applications to questions about arrests/charges and involuntary terminations.  Specifically, the Board’s document states that Jefferson was arrested in July 1995 for the crime of resisting arrest and was charged with the same crime in March 1997.

In 2003 and 2005, Jefferson answered “no” on multiple renewal application background questions regard arrests and charges.

Jefferson was terminated from employment at an agency he’d worked at for 12 years for inability to comply with the agency’s policies and procedures and to perform at the expected level of professionalism.

He was also terminated in October 2002 from another agency he’d worked at concurrently for sexual harassment and was similarly terminated in December 2008 from yet another agency, also for sexual harassment.

During the Board’s investigation, Williams minimized and misrepresented his employment terminations.

Source: Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Adverse Action Tracking Form 2010, dated 21 September 2010.


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