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This website is maintained for mental health professionals as a source of information about mental health law, specifically as it pertains to practice in California. It’s important to remember that this website focuses on California law, because much of the law that applies to mental health practice is state-specific. It is true that there are many similarities between the laws of the various states, but the details can be very different and make a world of difference in the practical application of the law.
It is a good idea to remember that law is a dynamic field and changes regularly. Statutes, regulations, and case law change, sometimes more rapidly than can be updated here. In addition, the real-world situations about which many people have questions are often more complicated than they realize. Because of this, it would be unwise to consider the information contained in these pages as legal counsel.
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