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California law has long recognized telehealth as a form of delivery of health care and behavioral health services, but many psychotherapists practicing in the
state, including CAMFT members, have inquired as to the standards surrounding the rendering of telehealth services. As a result, the Board of Behavioral Sciences developed regulations on the standards of practice for telehealth that became effective July 1, 2016. This article provides an overview of the regulations.
This article provides a brief discussion of the process and procedures for a wage claim filed with the California Labor Commissioner.
Two major changes to California’s laws went into effect January 1, 2015 and require employers to afford employees, unpaid interns, and volunteers certain workplace benefits and protections. This article provides general information about California’s new paid sick leave law and the new amendments to California’s law that prohibit unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
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.
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 demonstrates the different pathways available to LMFTs and Registered Interns who are interested in working with clients in the Medi-Cal behavioral health system.
In this article, Ann Tran-Lien, JD discusses a patient’s right to access their confidential mental health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
Many graduates who have applied for their intern registration are interested in marketing their services to the public. Learn how applicants for intern registration can comply with advertising laws and regulations.
Therapists often have questions regarding fees, such as whether fees can be raised, or how to collect unpaid balances from clients. The reminders are intended to help therapists exercise care in managing fee policies to comply with legal and ethical standards and to minimize the possibility of fee-related disputes.