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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Legal requirements for mental health records in Michigan

Monica P. Navarro, J.D.
Special Counsel, Vezina Law PLC
Birmingham, MI

Saturday, February 8, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 PM
2 CME and CE Credit Hours

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute
32841 Middlebelt Rd.
Farmington Hills

Practice Gap/Need and Course Description:
Psychoanalytic clinicians have traditionally been reluctant to keep notes of clinical contacts with patients after sessions. Besides confidentiality concerns, perhaps it also reflects the wish to be attuned more in one’s reflections to the internal associations and fantasies about patients as a more authentic aide memoire of the clinical process. However laudable these aims may be, licensed clinicians in Michigan are obligated to create, maintain and protect mental health records. This obligation would also seem to constitute adherence to ethical practice since the failure to observe State law in this connection could be interpreted as an ethical violation. This workshop will cover the legal requirements in the state of Michigan regarding mental health record keeping by clinicians. There will be ample opportunity for discussion and questions.

At the end of this 2 hour program, participants will be able to DEMONSTRATE:
1. Recognition of the legal requirements in the state of Michigan for the creation, maintenance and protection of mental health records by all mental health clinicians.
2. An ability to describe the procedures and practices involved in the creation, maintenance and protection of mental health records in Michigan.
3. An appreciation of the legal and ethical implications of complying with these State requirements.

About the presenter: Ms. Navarro is Special Counsel, Vezina Law PLC, Birmingham, MI; Member, State of Michigan Board of Psychology; Associate Professor- Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Auburn Hills, Michigan; Top 20 Women of the Year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly; Member, American Bar Association, Vice Chair, Health Law Section Publications Committee; American Health Lawyers Association.