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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.


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.

CAMFT Staff Attorney Luke Martin, MBA, JD, reviews best practices and HIPAA implications for therapists who decide to utilize a third party voice over internet protocol (VoIP) for client interactions.

CAMFT Staff Attorney Alain Montgomery, JD, explores the ethical, legal, and practical considerations of creating a professional will.

In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD discusses the most common legal and ethical issues therapists encounter when serving as providers for online therapy platforms. The article also provides guidance for effectively addressing these issues.”

A new Labor Commissioner ruling offers clarity on the legality of post-degree unpaid internships. In this article, Kristin W. Roscoe, Esq. explains the six criteria governing whether a post-degree internship for AMFT's may be unpaid.

Staff Attorney Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, discusses various changes to the CAMFT Code of Ethics, focusing on substantive revisions to sections 9-13 of the Code.  This article is part III of a three-part series regarding the revised Code of Ethics.

This article offers reminders and tips for LMFTs who find themselves subject to the 21st Century Cures Act and who seek further guidance on how to handle patient requests for access to electronic health information and electronic health records.

CAMFT Staff Attorney Bradley J.  Muldrow, JD, provides an overview of a new regulation that limits the BBS’s ability to deny associate applications based on criminal convictions and formal disciplinary actions from other  licensing boards.

In this article Ann Tran-Lien, JD., provides a general overview of the two Final Rules issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as the next phase of the 21st Century Cares Act.

There are many complexities surrounding the consent laws for the treatment of minors. CAMFT Staff Attorney Luke Martin, MBA, JD, reviews the relevant legal terminology with examples, paying special attention to who is eligible to consent for a minor’s therapeutic services, while keeping the clinical perspective in mind.