Marriage and Family Therapists & Licensed Clinical Social Workers

The Board of Behavioral Sciences is tasked with regulating the mental health profession in California, along with the California Medical Boards and Board of Psychology

It has the mission to “Protect and serve Californians by setting, communicating, and enforcing standards for safe and competent mental health practice.”

The Board of Behavioral Sciences regulates the following:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)

  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)
  • Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW)
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Interns (IMF)
  • Professional Clinical Counselor Interns (PCCI)
  • Continuing Education Providers (PCE)
  • MFT Referral Services (MRF)

Board of Behavioral Sciences License Denial

For each license regulated by the Board, significant investments are made by the licensees and their related business entities.  The threat of being denied a license or approval, having a license or service investigated, or losing a license is a serious legal issue, which threatens and jeopardizes all that one has worked hard to obtain.

If you are subject to a denial by way of Statement of Issues for a license and approval regulated by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, are under investigation, or have received an Accusation threatening to revoke, suspend, or discipline a license, you need an experienced healthcare licensing attorney.

Board of Behavioral Sciences Accusation

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences receives thousands of complaints each year accusing California mental health professionals of some type of misconduct. Once a mental health professional is accused of misconduct, then the licensee may be contacted by an enforcement analyst to interview the licensee about the allegations.

If the Board finds that the investigation of the enforcement analyst shows that the licensee may have committed a violation of law or another form of statutory misconduct, then the licensee will receive a “Notice of Accusation” letter. California mental health professionals who receive a Notice of Accusation are immediately put on the clock to respond and defend themselves.

A mental health professional who receives an accusation has 15 days from the original date of the proof of service to file their “Notice of Defense.” The actual defenses may or may not need to be stated in this notice, but the notice must be filed to inform the Board that the licensee intends to defend themselves against the allegations. A failure to respond to a Notice of Accusation can result in a default against the licensee and a waiver of specific rights.

An experienced mental health professional license defense attorney can pinpoint what defenses must be raised in a Notice of Defense, as well as help you determine what the appropriate plan of action should be in defending your case if you have been sent a Notice of Accusation.

Board of Behavioral Sciences Investigation

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences is responsible for licensing and monitoring licensed mental health professionals within the state of California. If someone files a complaint with the Board against a California mental health professional, then the Board may initiate an investigation if they believe that a violation of law may have taken place. If the violation is proven, then the mental health professional would be subject to discipline from the Board.

The Board of Behavioral Sciences is under a mandate to protect consumers from mental health professionals who fail to practice their profession safely. The main purpose of investigating complaints is to determine whether the mental health professional being accused of misconduct is able to practice their profession in a manner that is safe to the public. The Board oversees many different professions within mental health.

Once a complaint is received by the Board, the case is reviewed and assigned to an enforcement analyst. The enforcement analyst is tasked with investigating the complaint and submitting written findings about the matter. Once the investigation is completed, the enforcement analyst may refer the case to the Attorney General, to a subject matter expert, or to the Division of Investigation for further investigation and review. It is important to have experienced counsel on your side as soon as you are made aware of a complaint against you.

Contact Scott J. Harris, ESQ. Today

Scott J. Harris, Esq. has extensive experience defending mental health professionals before the Board of Behavioral Sciences.   He can assist in issues that may deal with:

  • Gross Negligence and Incompetence (Standards of Practice)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Criminal Charges, including domestic violence, assault and petty theft
  • Boundary Issues, including sexual relationships with clients
  • Transference Issues
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Anger Management Issues
  • Insurance Billing Fraud

As a former Deputy Attorney General and licensing board prosecutor, Scott J. Harris understands how licensing agencies operate. Because he knows how licensing boards conduct their investigations and how prosecutors build their cases, he is able to take proactive steps to defend his clients’ licenses and earning capacity.

At S J Harris Law, we help mental health professionals protect their licenses. Attorney Scott J. Harris represents clients during the initial investigation, during formal actions through accusations, statements of issues, administrative hearings and appeals, and appeals to the superior court through writs of mandamus.

We offer comprehensive legal counseling with a focus on economy, judiciousness and respect.

Contact professional license defense lawyer Scott J. Harris at 323-370-6139 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation. Together, we will fight for your license as a marriage and family therapist, psychologist, social worker and occupational therapist.