Category Archives: Risk Management

Crimes and Confidentiality

HIPAA and state laws recognize the importance of confidentiality, but also recognize that confidentiality is not absolute. There are [...]

AVOIDING LIABILITY – SOME BASICS

Much of what I write in this monthly column/blog  is about a variety of specific legal topics and issues that affect mental health [...]

Mental Illness and Treating Dangerous Patients

It seems that each time there is a mass shooting, followed by an outcry for gun control legislation (and improvements to school [...]

Reminders and Information to Avoid Liability

Advertisements by licensed mental health practitioners must not be false, fraudulent, misleading or deceptive. Care should therefore be [...]

New Texas Abortion Statute

On September 1st, 2021 Texas Senate Bill No. 8, known as the Texas Heartbeat Act, became law.  Its intention was to severely limit a [...]

Emotional Abuse of Children

There is a belief by some who have examined this issue that there is an underreporting of emotional abuse of children and that this [...]

Duty to the Patient – When Does It Begin?

Licensed mental health practitioners often discuss the issue and process of termination of treatment, including the question of when [...]

KEEPING TREATMENT RECORDS – HOW MUCH?

From an ethical and legal point of view, a mental health practitioner should keep that amount of records that is consistent with sound [...]

Do You Know Your ABC’s…?

Do You Know Your ABC’s…? A. Advertising that one has been “in practice for seven years,” when in fact the person has been licensed [...]

THE ALPHABET – SOME HINTS ON AVOIDING LIABILITY

I thought I might have a bit of fun going back to my ABCs and that you might find some of these brief items helpful. The thought here [...]

Answers to April Review

In the April 2020 issue of this Avoiding Liability Bulletin, I asked twenty questions on a variety of topics. My answers to those [...]

October’s True or False Answers – Part 2

In the October 2019 issue of this Bulletin, I asked twenty-five questions regarding various areas of practice (and the law) that may be [...]

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