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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.


A Patient's Right to Access Mental Health Records Under HIPAA Ann Tran-Lien, JD, discusses a patient's right to access his or her confidential mental
health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

This article provides an overview of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and discusses the mandatory reporting obligations for psychotherapists.

This article discusses the efforts that California and mental health care stakeholders are making to fortify the public mental health care workforce through the creation of new occupational groups with a focus on the development of a peer support personal workplace.

Clinical supervisors play an important role in the training of every therapist. This article emphasizes the need for supervisors to be familiar with the laws, regulations, and ethical standards which govern the conduct of supervisors and supervisees.

Therapists who provide supervision must be knowledgeable of the laws, regulations, and ethical standards pertaining to supervision of interns and trainees. This article discusses the most frequently asked questions that supervisors have about supervision.

This article provides a summary of the law, reviews the exceptions to this principal, and offers general suggestions on how to structure relationships with trainees and interns in a manner that complies with the applicable laws.

Covered California Corner, formerly known as the California Health Benefits Exchange

The issue of whether a nonprofit agency must comply with Wage and Hour Laws could hinge on whether the agency is operating a commercial enterprise. Learn more about how the scope of the nonprofit’s activities can determine if it is a commercial enterprise.

CAMFT receives frequent calls from members who are experiencing, or who have experienced, difficulty obtaining information and authorizations for outpatient
treatment of patients from health care plans. Learn about the survey and what CAMFT is doing to address these types of issues.

By Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, Staff Attorney; Learn how the therapist's opinion, regardless of whether it is documented in a report, expressed on the witness stand, or written in a letter, can have a powerful impact on the person's life.