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Connecticut Mental Health & The Law - 2020

Richard Fisher |  Arnold Ira Menchel |  Bill Pierce |  Amy B de Lannoy
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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 clinical and legal aspects of assessment of risk, confidentiality/privacy of mental health records under federal and state law; the impact of laws on mental health parity; the Connecticut Patients’ Bill of Rights; and much 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 3.0 HOURS  OF General 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. 

Connecticut Addiction Counselors

Provider #120924. This course has been approved as a CCB approved training and has been awarded 6.0 hours by the Connecticut Certification Board.

Marriage & Family Therapists

This activity consists of 360 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the activity advertisement, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

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 6.0 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Connecticut Psychologists

CE credit is available. This course consists of 6.0  continuing education credit hours for Connecticut Psychologists. CT Gen Stat Sec. 20-191c Continuing Education (b)(3) confirms acceptance of continuing education programs relevant to psychology from a nationally recognized provider of continuing education seminars. PESI, Inc. is a nationally recognized provider of continuing education seminars with multiple national CE approvals. This course consists of 6.0  continuing education credit 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 3.0 Clinical Practice and 3.0 Ethics continuing education credits. No more than 6.0 total CE hours may be awarded for this activity. Course Level: . 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.


Canadian Social Workers: Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 360 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. 


Richard Fisher Related seminars and products: 1


CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Richard Fisher, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with over 35 years of experience in behavioral health as a clinician, program director and administrator. He has extensive experience in mental health settings including in-patient, out-patient, day treatment, crisis intervention and emergency room, as well as addiction treatment programs. Mr. Fisher maintains a private practice, teaches at the graduate level and is a former clinical instructor in a psychiatric residency program.

Arnold Ira Menchel Related seminars and products: 1


Halloran & Sage

Arnold I. Menchel, JD, is a partner with Halloran & Sage, LLP, and chair of the Halloran and Sage Health Care Practice. He joined Halloran & Sage following over three decades with the Connecticut Attorney General's Office. For the last 15 of those years, Mr. Menchel was head of the Connecticut AG's Health Care Fraud/Whistleblower/Health Care Advocacy department with responsibility for HIPAA enforcement as well as advocating for mental health parity. He supervised the first lawsuit in the country brought by a state attorney general to enforce HIPAA.


Since joining Halloran & Sage, LLP, his practice has been focused on compliance with HIPAA and various state and federal reimbursement and fraud and abuse statutes. He advises and represents all types of providers, including behavioral health providers regarding Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement requirements, audits and fraud, and abuse investigations. Mr. Menchel also advises and represents providers with respect to department of public health licensing and investigations.

Bill Pierce Related seminars and products: 2

Bill Pierce chaired the Health Sciences Department at Furman University for three decades. He and FIRST have been featured in articles in the The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Men’s Journal, Runner’s World and many other newspapers and magazines across the country. Pierce, listed as one of 10 marathon “supercoaches” by Runner’s World magazine, has made hundreds of presentations on fitness, wellness and running.

As an intercollegiate athlete, he played on nationally ranked basketball teams and was a successful half-miler on the track team. He has captured many age-group awards in his 250 road races and 42 marathons, finishing the Boston Marathon in five different decades.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: William Pierce professor at Furman University. He is an author for Penguin Random House and receives royalties. Dr. Pierce receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: William Pierce has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Amy B de Lannoy Related seminars and products: 1


Amy B. de Lannoy, JD, is an attorney in Halloran Sage’s Health Care Practice.  Ms. de Lannoy focuses her practice on providing guidance to health care providers on matters of regulatory compliance (including HIPAA and billing and coding practices), practice management and governance, and business formations, combinations and separations.  She has represented numerous behavioral health providers at all phases of their development, from start-up documentation to issues arising at retirement.  What sets Ms. de Lannoy apart from other health care attorneys, and makes her an invaluable source of trust and confidence for her health care clients, is her unique combination of legal skill and prior hands-on experience in the health care industry as a practice manager of a large medical practice.

Additional Info

Program Information

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. Outline the thresholds and procedures for involuntary admission for psychiatric treatment.
  2. Analyze duty to warn and duty to protect under Connecticut law.
  3. Distinguish the requirements for authorization for release of information under Connecticut law and HIPAA.
  4. Discuss state and federal laws related to mental health parity.
  5. Communicate the basis of the Connecticut Patients’ Bill of Rights as it relates to people with psychiatric disabilities.
  6. Articulate the powers, duties and limits of a conservator and their implications related to client care.


Clinical & Legal Aspects of Assessment of Risk to Self Or Others – Richard Fisher
  • Thresholds for Involuntary Admission for Psychiatric Treatment in Connecticut
  • The Physicians Emergency Certificate
  • Police Evaluation Request
  • Psychologist Emergency Evaluation
  • Emergency Certificate of Examination
  • Rights of Committed Patients
  • Tarasoff & Fraser: Duty to Warn in Connecticut
  • Confidentiality in Psychiatric Emergencies
  • Adequate Assessment & Documentation
Confidentiality/Privacy of Mental Health Records – Amy B. de Lannoy
  • Disclosure of Information
  • HIPAA Update
  • Substance Use Disorder Disclosure
Mental Health Parity – Arnold Menchel
  • Federal Law
  • State Law
  • Affordable Care Act, Essential Health Benefits & Mental Health Parity
Treatment Rights – William Pierce
  • The Connecticut Patients’ Bill of Rights
  • Conservatorship
  • Advance Directives
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Title II

Target Audience

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


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