Legal & Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health in South Carolina – R. Alan Powell
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- Recognize and Avoid Legal, Ethical, Licensing and Liability Risks
- Privacy Laws, Disclosure, Mandatory Reporting and Duty to Warn
- Balancing the Rights of Minors and Parents
- Subpoenas, Testimony and Judicial Process
- Consent, Substitute Consent and Involuntary Treatment
Without the proper legal awareness needed to stay in compliance, you may face grave legal, financial and professional consequences. This seminar will show you how to continue to help the people you’ve been trained to help while still protecting yourself from many legal pitfalls.
If you watch only one seminar this year, make it this one. Join attorney R. Alan Powell for an entertaining and enlightening recording and leave with a greater understanding of the latest South Carolina law as it relates to behavioral health. You will take home practical guidelines and strategies to minimize and manage legal and ethical risks and you will learn how to immediately implement these risk reducing strategies into your practice.
- Discuss confidentiality related to HIPAA, behavioral health (including alcohol and drug), electronic medical records and privacy and security requirements.
- Describe the process for subpoenas and court orders for behavioral health records and how to respond, including court testimony.
- Identify the rights of minors in treatment, consent and legal determinations.
- Describe the role of the behavioral health professional in the emergency admission or civil commitment process.
- Develop policies consistent with legal, ethical and licensing requirements.
- Discuss a behavioral health professional’s Duty to Report, Protect and/or Warn .
HIPAA Privacy & Security
- Overview of HIPAA Privacy Rules
- HITECH Security Breach notification requirements
Confidentiality of Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Program Records
- When other federal and state privacy laws are more restrictive than HIPAA
- Disclosures which require patient consent and those which do not
- Abuse, neglect or exploitation reporting and other mandatory disclosures
Responding to Subpoenas, Court Orders & Law Enforcement
- Types of subpoenas; Duty to Respond
- Types of court orders; Duty to Respond
- Testimony in Court and Depositions
- Law enforcement investigation and prosecution
Balancing the Rights of Minors, Parents and the Provider
- Minors: Age of majority; access to records; consent to treatment; alcohol and drug treatment
- Parents/Guardians: Custody and divorce; access to records; allegations of abuse and neglect
- Role of the Provider: Who is the Client? What Duty do you Owe?
Behavioral Health Professionals in the Legal System
- Clients with legal problems; avoid the client’s problem from becoming your problem
- Responding to legal proceedings in a professional manner
Decisions in Behavioral Health; Emergency Admission, Civil Commitment and Involuntary Treatment
- Consent, Capacity, Adult Health Care Consent Act, Substitute Decision Maker, POA and Guardianship
- Emergency admission and civil commitment laws and procedures
Professional Ethics and Boundary Issues
- Professional obligations and standards
- Labor, Licensing & Regulation (professional licensing boards) reporting and enforcement
Legal Liabilities of the Professional
- Malpractice issues
- Duty to Warn and Duty to Protect
- Billing issues: Fraud & abuse
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