Farmington Counselor Has License Summarily Suspended

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

November 20, 2006

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the licensed professional counselor license of Mark Alan Matthews, L.P.C., L.B.S.W., based on his felony convictions in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Oakland County.

On April 18, 2006, Matthews was convicted of two felony counts of Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material, both felonies. As a result, Matthews was placed on probation for five years with terms and ordered to comply with sex offender registration requirements. In addition, Matthews was ordered to pay $2,280 in court costs and fees. Matthews failed to report his convictions to MDCH as required by the Public Health Code.

On November 2, 2006, MDCH issued an order summarily suspending Matthews' 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 Matthews' licensed professional counselor 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.