Avoiding Liability Bulletin – December 2009

Rather than express my own opinion about this interesting question, I will simply refer you to the February 14, 2008 article entitled A Matter of Law: Providing an Interpreter for the Deaf under ADA (a Practice Update written by the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Staff of the American Psychological Association Practice Organization). Be sure to read the section at the end of the article that starts with “PLEASE NOTE.” It is useful to read this article, especially in light of the fact that the reader’s mental health professional association likely has one or more provisions in its ethical standards that either prohibits the denial of services to people on the basis of physical disability, or requires that the practitioner makes reasonable efforts to accommodate patients or clients who have physical disabilities, or both.

An update to this subject matter / referenced article was revisited in April 2012. Please click here to read more!

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Richard Leslie

Richard S. Leslie is an attorney and acknowledged expert on the interrelationship between law and the practice of marriage and family therapy and psychotherapy. Most recently, he was a consultant to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and has written articles regarding legal and ethical issues for their Family Therapy Magazine. Prior to his work with AAMFT, Richard was Legal Counsel to the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) for approximately twenty-two years. While there, he also served as their director of Government Relations and tirelessly advocated for due process and fairness for licensees and applicants.

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