Former state prison counselor reprimanded

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former counselor at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge has been reprimanded by a state licensing board after it found she shredded inmates’ mental health requests without responding to them and disclosing confidential information of some inmates to other inmates.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1begKYi) the Board of Social Workers and Professional Counselors also ordered 67-year-old Judith A. Bird to complete remedial education classes on ethics related to confidentiality of client records and information.

The Department of Corrections says Bird was fired in March 2012 following an internal investigation. She was reprimanded late last month.

Bird told investigators she had answered many of the mental health requests verbally so there would not be any written documentation that they had been answered.

Bird, who now lives in Indiana, did not contest the findings.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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