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Digital Seminar

Pennsylvania Mental Health & The Law - 2020

Renee Martin
Approx. 6 Hours
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Aug 11, 2020
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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.


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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

There may be an additional fee for CE certificates. Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details. 

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. 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 professions standards.


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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


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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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Total Reviews: 20

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