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Legal and Regulatory Compliance

Psychologists are required to comply with numerous laws and regulations related to various aspects of their practice. Further, there are legal issues not directly related to health care services delivery that also affect practitioners. This section addresses many such legal matters.

Business Law

Duty to Protect, Warn & Report

Insurance and Managed Care


Licensure and Disciplinary Proceedings

Record Keeping

Releasing Records and Other Confidential Information



Red Flags Rule

New law narrows application of Red Flags Rule
Successful advocacy by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the APA Practice Organization protected members from unnecessary regulation under the Red Flags Rule.

Date created: 2013

Related Reading

COLI subpoena document

"Strategies for Private Practitioners Coping with Subpoenas or Compelled Testimony for Client Records or Test Data," prepared by the APA's Committee on Legal Issues (COLI). This article incorporates many of the strategies discussed in that document, found in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice (2006, Vol. 37, No. 2, 215-222)