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California Laws and Ethics for Mental Health Professionals

California Laws and Ethics for Mental Health Professionals is designed to equip mental health and substance abuse professionals with essential knowledge of state-specific legal standards and ethical guidelines. Participants will explore key topics including confidentiality, mandated reporting, informed consent, dual relationships, and professional boundaries. Through case studies and practical examples, the course will provide a deep understanding of legal obligations and ethical considerations unique to California, ensuring that practitioners are well-prepared to navigate complex scenarios and uphold the highest standards of professional conduct in their practice.

We will give an overview of the following California laws:

Lanterman-Petris-Short (LPS) Act (Welfare and Institutions Code §§ 5000-5550)
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) (Welfare and Institutions Code §§ 5840-5898)
Community Mental Health Services (Welfare and Institutions Code §§ 5600-5624)
Involuntary Treatment Act (Welfare and Institutions Code §§ 5350-5372)
Drug Medi-Cal Program (Health and Safety Code §§ 11750-11983)
California Mental Health Parity Act (Health and Safety Code §§ 1374.72, Insurance Code §§ 10144.5)
California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) (Civil Code §§ 56-56.37)
Minor Consent to Treatment (Family Code §§ 6924-6929)

This course will award 6 continuing education hours.

Please see the board approval box for course approvals.