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Colorado Department of Law — Annual Report 2009

In 2009:

Attorneys for the Social Work Examiners Board and Certified Addiction Counselor Program successfully negotiated a settlement with a licensed clinical social worker and addiction counselor to relinquish his licenses following allegations that he committed seven felonies, including introducing contraband to youths at a youth treatment facility, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, obscenity and conspiracy to commit sexual conduct in a penal institution.

Unit attorneys successfully settled with a social worker engaged in questionable therapy techniques, including so-called “holding therapy” and “strong sitting.”

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state. For example, the Board’s counsel assisted with the coordination of efforts between the Pharmacy Board and law enforcement to investigate an unlicensed entity suspected of selling products containing prescription drugs via Internet orders from a residence and without prescriptions.

The Colorado Board of Dental Examiners

This Unit provides legal representation to the Colorado Board of Dental Examiners, including litigation and resolution of licensure, disciplinary, and injunctive matters, as well as advice and guidance with regard to rulemaking and policy issues. Attorneys advised the Board regarding newly adopted statutes and rules, and prosecuted multiple disciplinary and licensure denial actions.

The Board of Dental Examiners’ attorneys successfully resolved or initiated litigation of a number of complex substandard care cases. Unit attorneys also obtained an opinion from the Colorado Court of Appeals affirming the Board of Dental Examiners’ authority to require the applicant’s demonstration of continued competency. Finally, the Dental Board legal team achieved additional efficiencies in meeting the client’s goals of public protection by successfully mediating multiple cases.

Health Services Unit

The Unit provides general counsel and litigation representation to the various health-related regulatory programs.

Other Professional and Technical Licensing Boards

Attorneys from the Business and Licensing Section also provide legal representation to a variety of Type 1 boards and Type 2 licensing programs supporting each represented entity in its mission to protect the public. Legal services provided include litigation and resolution of licensure, disciplinary, and injunctive matters, as well as advice and guidance with regard to rulemaking and policy issues. Also represented include the professions, boards or offices of: Accountancy, Architects, Engineers and Surveyors, Electricians, Landscape Architects, Passenger Tramway Safety, Plumbers, Acupuncturists, Athlete Agents, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapist, Outfitters Registration, Midwifery, Respiratory Therapists, Barbers and Cosmetologists, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dealers, and Funeral Home and Crematory Registration.

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