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PRESS RELEASE: Plover social worker trainee suspended


David W. Carlson, Communications Officer
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March 26, 2010

Plover Social Worker Trainee Suspended

Madison, WI Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL) Secretary Celia Jackson announced today that Social Worker Section of the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Worker Examining Board has indefinitely suspended the Social Worker Training Certificate of Stephen M. Webster.

In a Final Decision and Order approved March 3, 2010, the Social Worker Section found that Webster reported for work intoxicated on July 27, 2009.  He submitted to a breathalyzer test which showed a blood alcohol level of .083. 

"We need to ensure that individuals who are counseling others are free from any impairment," said Secretary Jackson.  

The Social Worker Section imposed an indefinite suspension and monitoring order.  Webster must complete drug and alcohol treatment, maintain sobriety, obtain work reports and submit to toxicology screens.  If he is compliant with monitoring conditions, Webster may petition the Board for a stay of the suspension.  A stay of suspension would permit him to practice, subject to monitoring conditions imposed by the board.  The stay could be immediately revoked with any subsequent violation.

Any violations of the terms of the disciplinary order could result in an indefinite suspension being imposed against Webster. If Webster can show compliance with the order for five continuous years, he could be permitted again to practice without limitation. Webster agreed to the disciplinary order.

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