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The California Victim Compensation Program ("VCP") is a program that provides compensation to victims of violent crime who have been injured (physically and/or emotionally). This article describes the requirements and reimbursements of this program.

Termination of a Client: Four Vignettes Answered. Read the selected answers and comments offered for the vignettes.

Although individual group therapy members have no legal duty of confidentiality to one another, therapy cannot be effective unless confidentiality is respected.

MFTs Working Within the Department of Veterans Affairs

Four vignettes are presented below discussing hypothetical situations involving the therapist???s termination of a client. We invite you to provide CAMFT with your written analysis of the legal and ethical issues evident in each of the following four vignettes

CAMFT receives many calls a month from members frustrated by issues of patient care and health plan or insurance coverage policies. Has your patient been denied services? Has your claim been denied for lack of medical necessity? Has your client been

Have you ever felt frustrated when attempting to get reimbursed by a managed care company? We know the answer is "yes." Navigating the policies, procedures, contracts and laws surrounding health plans and insurers can be time consuming and exaspe

An informative FAQ about managed health care in California, with suggestions on how to address provider grievances with managed care plans or insurers.

This bipartisan legislation will help put an end to discrimination against patients seeking treatment for mental illness and addiction. It will amend Section 712 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Section 2705 of the Public Health Service Act, and Section 9812 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

At what point does our ability to access information, personal information, become a violation of personal privacy? This question is currently being debated throughout the country in the matter of online data vendors