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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.


The case, Johanna Workman v. Regents of the University of California, San Francisco Branch, harmonizes with CAMFT’s interpretation of California’s labor laws and our general recommendation to classify Associate MFTs as W-2 employees.

This article explains California law and relevant CAMFT ethical standards which pertain to record keeping. More specifically, the article discusses California's new record retention law and answers questions about an adult patient rights.

The Labor Commissioner of California issued a ruling that will help employers determine whether an intern can be classified as a volunteer or as an employee.

This article discusses steps for therapists seeking a 72-hour involuntary detention for a patient who is a danger to self or others as a result of a mental health disorder in California. This article also explores frequently asked questions about the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act.

This article examines a number of key legal and ethical issues which are a part of everyday clinical practice and discusses the importance of developing good practice habits in order to avoid disciplinary actions, lawsuits, and ethics complaints.

Insurance Updates

Fee-For-Service Medi-Cal Provider Enrollment Application Tips This article contains tips on how to successfully apply to become a Fee-For-Service provider with Medi-Cal.

in 1980, California passed a series of laws "...with the intent and purpose to protect children from abuse and neglect." This is the Child Abuse and Reporting Act, otherwise known as the CANRA laws.

Your Duty to Report Serious Threats of Violence to the Police, Which is Like Your Tarasoff Duty to Protect, but not Exactly The duty to report is different from the Tarasoff duty to protect, both in terms of the aims of the laws and how they are discharged.  This article will distinguish the two duties

Managed Care Survey Results. On October 16, 2014, CAMFT sent a Managed Care Survey to all of its 15,049 Clinical members. Learn what the results of the survey revealed.