Legal Issues

Social Work and Recent Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court

By Elizabeth M. Felton, JD, LICSW, Associate Counsel
and Carolyn I. Polowy, JD, Of Counsel
© National Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved.

Significant change in social policy can be accomplished by the issuance of a single precedent-setting court decision. The NASW Legal Defense Fund (LDF) is highly conscious of ..Read More…

Legal Considerations When a Client Dies by Suicide

By Elizabeth M. Felton, JD, LICSW, Associate Counsel and Carolyn I. Polowy, JD, General Counsel

Introduction

Since 1999, suicide has been recognized as a serious public health problem in the United States.[1] There are 112.7 suicides per day, one every 12.8 minutes, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for ..Read More…

Termination: Ending the Therapeutic Relationship-Avoiding Abandonment

By Elizabeth M. Felton, JD, LICSW, Associate Counsel and Carolyn I. Polowy, JD, General Counsel
© March 2015. National Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved.

Social workers’ therapeutic relationships with their clients eventually come to an end. However, the way they end and how the social worker handles terminations can ..Read More…

Legal Issues in Health Insurance Audits

By Elizabeth M. Felton, JD, LICSW, Associate Counseland Carolyn I. Polowy, JD, General Counsel

© February 2015. National Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved.

INTRODUCTION

This article discusses some of the issues involved in retrospective audits of mental health records. A retrospective audit occurs when a health insurer reviews past paid ..Read More…

People V.  Garcia: NASW-CA Joins in an Amicus Brief

In December 2014, NASW and the California Chapter joined in an amicus brief – friend of the court brief -with the California Psychiatric Association in the case of People v. Garcia.  The issue in this case addresses the scope of the psychotherapist-patient privilege and whether it is appropriate to require a mandatory waiver of the ..Read More…

DHCS UPDATE: Behavioral Health Treatment Services Draft SPA & APL

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
intends to provide Behavioral Health Treatment (BHT) services as a covered Medi-Cal benefit for individuals 0 to 21 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder to the extent required by the federal government.  DHCS will seek federal approval to provide BHT as it is defined by ..Read More…

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