Social Worker's License Summarily Suspended

Contact: Geralyn Lasher (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

November 6, 2006

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the master's limited social work license of Debra Denise Gibbons, L.M.S.W., based on her felony convictions in the 37th Judicial Circuit Court of Calhoun County.

On June 20, 2006, Gibbons was convicted of Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manufacture (Narcotic or Cocaine) Less than 50 Grams and one count of Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manufacture (Schedules 1, 2, and 3 except Marijuana and Cocaine), both felonies. As a result, Gibbons was sentenced to seven months in jail, had her driver license suspended for 365 days, and was ordered to pay costs and fees totaling $180. Gibbons failed to report her convictions to MDCH as required by the Public Health Code.

On October 24, 2006, MDCH issued an order immediately suspending Gibbons' license pursuant to the Public Health Code, which provides for the mandatory summary suspension of a health professional's license upon the conviction of a felony. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to address the status of Gibbons' master's limited social work license.

For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within MDCH, please go to http://www.michigan.gov/mdch, and click on Health Systems and Licensing.