The Essentials of Massachusetts Mental Health Law: A Straightforward Guide for Clinicians of All Disciplines

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This series arose from Stephen Behnke's experience teaching psychiatric residents, psychology interns, and social work students at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.
Trainees consistently mentioned how helpful it was to have laws relevant to their clinical practice explained in a way that removed the mystery and anxiety associated with lawyers, courts, and judges. Each volume in the series sets forth, in a clear, straightforward, and user-friendly manner, pertinent ...

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Overview

This series arose from Stephen Behnke's experience teaching psychiatric residents, psychology interns, and social work students at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.
Trainees consistently mentioned how helpful it was to have laws relevant to their clinical practice explained in a way that removed the mystery and anxiety associated with lawyers, courts, and judges. Each volume in the series sets forth, in a clear, straightforward, and user-friendly manner, pertinent legislation and court cases, covering why the law was written, what the law says, and how the law affects clinical practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393702491
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 698,858
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen H. Behnke, J.D., Ph.D., is Director of the Program in the Practice of Scientific Investigation at the Harvard Medical School Division of Medical Ethics. He is on the Psychology Faculty of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, and an Instructor in Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I An Introduction to the Law 1
1 A Brief Introduction to the Law 3
2 Tarasoff and its Massachusetts Progeny 8
3 Privacy, Confidentiality, and Testimonial Privilege 24
Pt. II 150 Questions on Massachusetts Mental Health Law 51
4 The Legal System and Legal Process 53
5 Civil Commitment 69
6 Criminal Law 86
7 Subpoenas and Court Orders 92
8 Guardians, Conservators, and Substitute Decision-Making 97
9 Consultation and Supervision 111
10 Confidentiality, Testimonial Privilege, and Mandatory Reporting 117
11 Records and Record Keeping 130
12 Professional Liability 135
13 Children and Families 160
Afterword 175
App. A Massachusetts Statutes and Regulations Governing Confidentiality, Testimonial Privilege, and Mandatory Reporting 177
App. B Sample Forms and Letters 203
Bibliography 216
Index 218
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