Wisconsin counselor Donna L. Harder surrenders license over record keeping failures and more

July 16, 2012

On July 16, 2012, the Professional Counselor Section of the Wisconsin Marriage & Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board accepted the resignation and surrender of professional counselor Donna L. Harder’s license to practice.

According to the Board’s document, Harder, who worked for the Milwaukee County Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division (“the Division”), was advised by her immediate supervisor in March 2007 that all entries of services must be entered into client records within 24 hours of the rendering of service.

In March 2011, the Division undertook an audit of Harder’s files. She was unable to produce three of the ten files requested. Of the remaining seven, one was devoid of any data since the time Harder took the client on (eight months earlier); another was devoid of data over a ten years period.

Of the remaining five files, Harder’s last entry in each dated between one and five years prior.

Further, and among other things, it was discovered that Harder was a beneficiary on a client’s life insurance policy; Harder failed to notify the Division of a client’s death; 117 filled bottles of various clients’ prescribed psychotropic and narcotic medications were found unsecured in her office. Harder was also required to pay the Divisions costs of investigation and prosecution in the amount of $850.


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