Is There a Threat to Your License?
California is known for its strong consumer protection laws. The California Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Psychology (Board) takes their commitment to the consumer seriously. If they receive any complaint against your practice, even if it is seemingly insignificant or unrelated to your psychology practice, they will review the details carefully. This initial review is conducted by the Board’s enforcement staff. Complaints containing allegations that, if proven, constitute grounds for disciplinary action, will be sent to the Board’s Division of Investigation for investigation. If the results confirm that misconduct has occurred, the matter will be forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General for prosecution.
Misconduct can include seemingly unrelated criminal convictions, as well as unprofessional conduct, sexual misconduct, gross negligence, practicing beyond the scope of the license and failures to maintain confidentiality.
If an Accusation is filed by the Board, the psychologist has the opportunity for an administrative hearing before there is any final disposition of the matter. However, to exercise this right, the licensee must respond to the Board in a timely fashion.
Defend Your Career
The first hint of a problem is the time to take action. Your future depends on it. If the complaint to the Board is found to have any merit, your case could be referred to the Attorney General and become a matter of public record on the California Board of Psychology website.
You need an attorney in your corner who understands the system. Mary Work can help you navigate our confusing legal system. Just as your focus has been on understanding your patients, her focus has been on understanding the justice system and the investigation process. Mary Work knows what it takes to protect your license.
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