Category Archives: Records

November 2016 Avoiding Liability Bulletin

Advertising is one way in which therapists and counselors can attempt to expand their private practices. Mental health practitioners [...]

Insurance Company Records Request

It seems that requests by insurance companies or contractors for insurance companies for copies of client records is on the uptick. [...]

Federal Regulations and Guidelines for Client Access to Records*

*An earlier version of the article did not include a …

Authorization Forms

… When you receive an authorization form from another, allowing you to release information to the named party, make sure you read it [...]

Treatment Records – Ownership

… One of the common questions asked is who is the owner of treatment records kept by therapists or counselors? The question is asked [...]

Treatment Records

… Therapists and counselors should recognize that good record keeping practices will often serve to protect both the practitioner and [...]

Treating Children

… One of the issues that therapists and counselors face when the patient is a child involves the right of the parents to access the [...]

Records – Stolen, Lost or Destroyed

… A supervisee is receiving off-site supervision (assuming it is legal and appropriate in the jurisdiction) and brings the patient’s [...]

Treatment Records

… While I have previously written about record keeping issues (see Bulletin Archives, primarily under the topics entitled “Records” and [...]

Access to Records – “Noncustodial Parent”

… It is important for therapists and counselors to know the law with respect to parental access to a minor patient’s mental health [...]

Records – Removal of Information From File

… Suppose that a patient or client makes a proper request to inspect or copy his or her records. Does the therapist or counselor ever [...]

Records – Destruction at the Request of the Patient?

… Some states may not have a law that specifies the length of time that patient records must be maintained, but may leave it to the [...]

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