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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 summarizes the changes in law that go into effect January 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020 regarding supervisor qualifications, duties and requirements

Applying for your National Provider Identifier Number

This article discusses a variety of issues that therapists commonly encounter involving fees, payments and insurance. The article points out key legal and ethical issues which are relevant to fee setting, reduced fee agreements, collecting copayments, billing insurance, and other topics, and offers suggestions to clinicians which are intended to avoid problems in such areas.

  This article will explore some of the legal, ethical, and practical considerations that MFTs to be mindful of when serving in a crisis response role when providing mental health services.  

This article will review relevant ethical standards, the types of dual relationship and boundary violations that tend to prompt the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to take disciplinary action, ways to avoid liability, common exclusions in professional liability insurance policies, and potential consequences for inappropriate relationships with clients.

This article will review relevant ethical standards, the types of dual relationship and boundary violations that tend to prompt the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to take disciplinary action, ways to avoid liability, common exclusions in pr

This article briefly examines the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed in 2017. The article will discuss the new tax brackets, as well as the new 20% deduction for qualified business income.

Understanding the purpose and structure of a marriage and family therapy professional corporation may help marriage and family therapists decide
whether, and when to form a professional corporation in their own circumstance. This article is intended to provide a general overview of the marriage and 
family therapy professional corporation in California.

This final installment of the three-part series called Practice Guidelines for School-Based Psychotherapists discusses scenarios psychotherapists who are working in schools frequently encounter and ideas about how to address those issues based on the application of FERPA, HIPAA, CA laws and/or ethical codes.

This article is Part II of a three part series called Practice Guidelines for School Based Psychotherapists. The article discusses the application of HIPAA,
California laws and professional ethical codes to school based practice.