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Articles by Legal Department Staff

The Legal Department articles are not intended to serve as legal advice and are offered for educational purposes only. The information provided should not be used as a substitute for independent legal advice and it is not intended to address every situation that could potentially arise. Please be aware that laws, regulations and technical standards change over time. As a result, it is important to verify and update any reference or information that is provided in the article.


This article, in addition to providing a sample Patient Intake Form, discusses some of the considerations to be mindful of with respect to information that is shared or communicated to the patient through the patient intake process.

This article will discuss an ongoing email scam that is targeting therapists. Recourses and tips are discussed for those who have been affected. The ethics of fees are also discussed.

Health plans and health insurers have been required to publish and maintain online and printed provider directories with information about providers who offer services to enrollees or insureds. Providers and provider groups who are contracted with plans and insurers to offer behavioral health services must be aware of, and responsive to, plans and insurers attempts to verify their information in accordance with California’s provider directory laws.

Therapists have the legal and ethical duty to maintain patient confidentiality and take reasonable steps to ensure patient confidential information maintained. This article discusses how to comply with HIPAA’s Security Rule when communicating with patients via e-mail and text messaging.

Administrative, Physical, and Technical Safeguard Standards Compliance Worksheet

This article offers an overview on how LMFTs and Registered Interns can provide services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries, the situations in which LMFTs can
provide services to Medicare beneficiaries in California, and CAMFT’s recent advocacy efforts with respect to Medicare.

This article discusses how to respond to a request for a deceased patients records. It will address some of the important terminology associated with these types of records requests and also look at how HIPAA and California law will affect the request.

This article reviews the continuing education requirements for LMFTs, and it also addresses the issue of what happens if a licensee does not complete all of her continuing education requirements.

This article is part one of a three-part series which will discuss the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  This first installment of the series provides an overview of FERPA.

This article outlines the qualifications, legal, and employment issues relevant to hiring an MFT Registered Intern as an employee in a private practice setting.