National NASW's Legal Consultation Line: 202-408-8600 x592 Monday–Thursday, 11:00AM-4:30PM - For NASW Members. (More information)
NASW Assurance Services: Liability Insurance - 800-742-4089 (More information)
Lawyers with contact information
Laws social workers should know about:
Mental Health Parity
Section 12 Law
Child Abuse and Neglect
Malpractice Tribunal, Protection From Frivolous Lawsuits
Mental Health Parity
Employment Protection for Social Workers
Board of Registration of Social Workers
Clinical practice legal issues:
The greatest number of complex phone calls coming into the office is related to legal issues and the practice of social work. NASW staff devote a large part of their telephone consultation time to discussing these concerns with NASW members. In addition, the Chapter has published numerous "Ask Our Attorney" articles in our FOCUS newsletter pertaining to legal issues in social work practice.
These articles serve as guides to members. Some of the most commonly asked questions that are dealt with include "What do I do when I get a subpoena," and "Do I need to release the record?" Neither "Ask Our Attorney" nor the free telephone consultation time are substitutes for legal advice from an attorney when the situation is complicated and requires legal counsel. Referral to attorneys are then suggested.
The Chapter's prime concern is to provide a service to NASW members that will assist them in practicing that social workers practice ethically, professionally and within the law.
You can order the Legal Issues Handbook that contains answers to the most common legal questions facing social workers.
Examples of "Ask Our Attorney" articles available to NASW Members:
- Confidentiality: Faxes, E-Mails, and Ethics
- Legal Issues Involved in Patient Suicide: Disclosing Records and Meeting Family Members
- Social Workers in the Workplace
- Reporting Past and Future Crimes, and Constraints on Social Workers Advertising
- The Patient Stalker
- When May Non-51A Filers Speak with DSS?
- Payer Access to Social Workers Client Records
- Third Party Payer Access to Social Workers
- Commonly Asked Questions About the Treatment of Minors
- When Can a Guardian Ad Litem or DSS Investigator Access Confidential Information?
- When You Receive a Subpoena
- Appeals Court Upholds Confidentiality of NASW Peer Review Process
- Client Confidentiality - What The Insurance Company Doesn't Need To Know
- Risk Management For Social Work Supervisors
- Non-Competition Agreements
- Testifying In Court
- On-Line Treatment Records: Social Workers Must Inform Patients
- Evaluating Managed Care Contracts
- Public Policy Exception to At-Will Termination
- Social Worker Duty to Warn Third Persons of Client HIV Infection
- Responding to a Complaint from the Board of Registration of Social Workers
- New Statute Gives Clients Full Access to Social Work Records
- Confidential and Privileged Communications Law Revised for Social Workers
- The Need To Regulate HMOs
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