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New Scope of Practice for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in California
CalAIM is a multi-year effort to transform and reform the Medi-Cal system. This article provides information about major components of the CalAIM framework such as the new requirements for Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans (MCPs) and a multitude of behavioral health reforms.
In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD provides an overview of the 2010 minor’s consent law, Health and Safety Code Section 124260. The article also discusses key steps therapists must follow to offer minor’s consent-based treatment pursuant to this law.
CAMFT has been receiving questions and concerns regarding CareDash. This article provides an overview of “data scraping” and recommendations for how members can take actions on concerns they have with their information on public sites and provider review sites, including CareDash.
CAMFT Attorney Alain Montgomery, JD, takes a deep look into the various—and highly nuanced—elements that therapists must evaluate when receiving gifts from clients and when thinking of giving a gift to a client.
In this article, Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, discusses ethical standards that are applicable to treatment planning, particularly at the start of treatment with a new client/patient or when a therapist is contemplating changes to a client's treatment plan. The discussion includes a review of various disclosures that therapists are either required or encouraged to provide to their clients.
In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD, discusses key legal, ethical, and clinical issues therapists should consider prior to soliciting testimonials and reviews from their patients.
Regarding the Release of the DSM 5 TR
The MFT licensure process can be daunting and complex. This article provides a guide for those on the road to MFT licensure.
Very few therapists relish the idea of being served with a subpoena to testify in court. To alleviate some of the common concerns therapists may have upon receiving such a subpoena, Kristin W. Roscoe, Esq. details what therapists should consider and what to expect when served with a subpoena to testify in court.