This program will provide an overview and discussion of state and federal laws, rules and regulations that govern the practice of a mental health professional. The presentation will discuss Texas confidentiality statutes, the privacy regulations under the federal Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act (HIPAA) and recent amendments to Texas Family Code, Chapter 107 regarding child custody evaluations in family law cases and how to testify in court. The program will review recent rule updates by the LPC, LMFT, Social Worker and Psychology Boards and discuss changes that may be required to ensure compliance.
- Review Texas privacy statutes and recent amendments to the federal HIPAA privacy regulations and understand how these recent amendments impact a mental health practice and what actions are required to remain in compliance with state and federal law.
- Understand recent amendments to the LPC, LMFT, Social Worker and Psychology Board Rules with special emphasis on how the rules apply to real world situations and a highlight of changes that may be needed to ensure that a professional’s mental health practice is in compliance with applicable Board rules.
- Review the areas of a mental health practice that are most likely to lead to Board complaints and what steps can be taken to protect a professional license and avoid the conflicts that often lead to complaints.
- Review the complaint, investigation and disciplinary process for mental health boards in Texas.
Kenda Dalrymple is a Partner in the firm ofCarls, McDonald & Dalrymple, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas. She earned her B.A. in Communications from Baylor University and her law degree from Baylor University School of Law. She practices in the areas of administrative and health law, with an emphasis on representing licensed professionals before their licensing boards and advising them on matters related to their practices. She is married to her college sweetheart, Bill Dalrymple, and they live in Cedar Park where they cater to the whims of four dogs.