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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.
This article discusses a number of key legal issues which are generally applicable when treating a suicidal client. The article also briefly discusses the topic of assessing and managing risk when working with suicidal clients.
In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD discusses important distinctions between emotional support animals and service animals as well as key legal, ethical, and clinical issues therapists should consider prior to providing letters, forms, or other types of documentation in support of patients' need for such animals.
The Basics of Telehealth. This article discusses the legal, ethical, and business considerations related to the practice of telehealth, and explains the California regulations pertaining to telehealth and the specific CAMFT Code of Ethics provisions that relate to telehealth.
Learn why CAMFT is prohibited from engaging in such activity and how the Sherman Antitrust Act is applicable.
The No Surprises Act includes new requirements for health care providers, facilities, health plans and insurers, and is intended to prevent consumers (a.k.a. patients) from receiving unanticipated medical bills. Be sure to view CAMFT’s exclusive webinar, No Surprises Act: What MFTs Need to Know, for more information.
This article by CAMFT Staff Attorney Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, discusses six common myths and misconceptions that influence therapists in their interpretation of common legal and ethical issues.
CAMFT attorney Luke Martin, MBA, JD, takes a deep dive into the legal, clinical, and ethical considerations of ending an employment relationship and helps guide both the employer and the employee forward. Martin places particular focus on how to deal with clients during this transition.
When minors have county social workers or probation officers, how confidential is their information?
This article, contributed by CAMFT Staff Attorney Alain Montgomery, JD, explores the ethical, legal, and practical issues LMFTs must consider when retiring.
California’s managed care systems are complex and often difficult for even the most seasoned providers to navigate. Sara Jasper, JD, provides a brief overview of managed care, reviews new laws intended to improve patients’ access to care, and offers resources to support providers and patients.