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Pennsylvania Mental Health & The Law - 2020

Renee Martin
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As a mental health professional, you not only deal with critical clinical matters with your clients – you must also stay up-to-date on seemingly ever-changing laws and procedures. Keeping up-to-date is essential in order to protect your clients and yourself. At this comprehensive one-day seminar you will gain an understanding of confidentiality, risk management, recent legislation and trends in mental health law in Pennsylvania, guardianship, commitment, practical legal options-and more, that will help you stay on top of issues that arise in everyday clinical situations.



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live interactive webcast. This webcast is a broadcast of a live event. You will be able to type questions to the speaker. The speaker will see the questions and address them during the presentation as time allows. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.


THIS ACTIVITY QUALIFIES FOR 4.0 HOURS  OF State Specfic ETHICS INSTRUCTION. Not all boards allow ethics credit for on-line programs. If ethics is not specified within your licensing board’s approval statement below, please contact your board to determine the applicability and amount of ethics allowed.

Addiction Counselors


This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Legal, Ethical and Professional Development skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 

Pennsylvania Addiction Counselors

This course has been reviewed and approved for by the Pennsylvania Certification Board. This course will award 6.25 PCB Approved Hours of Education.

Pennsylvania Counselors

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.25 continuing education clock hours for Pennsylvania Counselors. The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors confirms under 49 Pa. Code S.49.36 that CE providers approved by the ACE Program of the Association of Social Work Boards meet the Board standards and qualify as approved providers. PESI, Inc. is an approved provider. Please see social work approvals for this program.

CE Information Coming Soon

Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this live webcast.

Pennsylvania Marriage & Family Therapists

The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at This intermediate level activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.25 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Pennsylvania Psychologists

PESI, Inc. is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. Provider #PSY000211. PESI maintains responsibility for the program(s). This program qualifies for 6.25 continuing education hours.

Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2020 - January 27, 2023. Social Workers completing this course receive 2.25 Clinical Practice and 4.0 Ethics continuing education credits. No more than 6.25 total CE hours may be awarded for this activity. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Pennsylvania Social Workers The Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors accepts many national association CE approvals, several of which PESI offers. For a full list, please see your State Board regulations at This intermediate level activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction.
Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 380 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



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Renee H. Martin, JD, RN, MSN, exclusively practices health care law and advises both individual and institutional behavioral health care providers on regulatory and transactional matters including patient safety and quality of care, fraud and abuse, reimbursement, compliance, and the development of corporate compliance plans. A significant portion of her practice centers on HIPAA compliance and informational privacy. She has represented numerous providers facing OCR audits and investigations and has brought each to a successful conclusion. As a registered nurse with over 15 years of clinical experience, she is uniquely qualified to assist clients in risk management, quality of care, and patient safety issues. Ms. Martin frequently writes and speaks nationally on a variety of health law issues.

Ms. Martin received her Diploma in Nursing from Bryn Mawr Hospital in 1977, B.S.N. magna cum laude from Neumann College in 1982, her M.S.N. magna cum laude from Villanova University in 1988, where she was listed in “Who’s Who in American Nursing,” and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1994, where she was a member of the Moot Court Board.

Ms. Martin is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and is a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American and the Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She is a member of the firm of Dilworth Payson, LP.

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Program Information


Click here to purchase the DVD recording from our product store. CE hours and approvals on products may differ from live CE approvals.

Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


  1. Explain the potential role of mental health professionals in legal proceedings related to client care.
  2. Identify client confidentiality issues and when clinicians are obligate to disclose protected health information.
  3. Navigate the legal and ethical issues related with the use of technology as related to clinical practice.
  4. Articulate the role and responsibility of the treatment provider as related to duty to warn law in Pennsylvania.
  5. Compare the different requirements for release of protected health information via subpoenas and court orders.
  6. Summarize the standards and enforcement penalties under the HITECH Act.


Privacy, Confidentiality and Disclosure of Mental Health Information in Pennsylvania

  • Constitutional right to privacy and mental health information
  • Inpatient and outpatient mental health services and the Mental Health Procedures Act - what survives HIPAA
  • HIPAA as amended by the HITECH act and as a base line National Privacy, Confidentiality and Disclosure Code
  • Informed Consent and the duty to explain the limits of confidentiality under state board regulations, including psychologists and recently enacted regulations for SW, MFT, and LPCs
  • Balancing the rights of children, adolescents and parents; the Minor’s Consent Act as amended by Act 147; rights of adolescents to control the release of the record

Special Issues

  • Social media and devices: Legal and ethical considerations for agencies and private practitioners – policy considerations
  • Shared legal custody and control of mental health information under Act 147 and the newly enacted Child Custody Law (Act 112 of 2010)
  • Legal Guardianship

Discovery Demands, Law Suits, and Audits

  • Professional licensure and privileged communications: Your legal and ethical duties as a private practitioner
  • Subpoenas and court orders: Duty to respond
  • Electronic discovery and implications for disclosure of mental health information and social media
  • Responding to investigations and audits

HITECH Act and Breach Notification Rules

  • Standards and enforcement penalties under the HITECH Act
  • Who is covered and what is a “breach”?
  • Who must be notified and how to notify?

Legal Liabilities of the Professional

  • Duty to Warn Issues\Professional Obligations and Standards
  • Fraud & Abuse Issues
  • Billing & Coding Errors
  • Documentation

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Risk Managers
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses


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