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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.


We invite you to provide CAMFT with your written analysis of the legal and ethical issues that arise based on the actions taken by the therapists in four clinical vignettes.

If you are a considered a Covered Entity for purposes of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and you have “Business Associates” as defined by HIPAA, you will want to read on to ensure that neither you nor your Business Associate is at risk of committing HIPAA violations for which you could both face lawsuits and/or hefty fines.

Confidentiality is a cornerstone that differentiates the therapist patient relationship from many other professional relationships, it also has a myriad of exceptions, both mandatory and permissive, which therapists must be equipped to navigate.

This article is intended to serve as a basic training for therapists who provide mental health services through county MHPs.

While no California law prohibits e-mail communications between a therapist and a client, it is important for therapists to consider the legal and ethical ramifications pertaining to this issue.

Treatment of Minors 4 vignettes answered

On Ethics: Avoiding Problems with Fees, Payment Agreements and Health Insurance 

Treatment of Minors Vignettes

What Therapists Should Know About Incident-To and Second Party Payer Medicare Reimbursements 

The Role of the CAMFT Ethics Committee