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Legal and Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health in Missouri
Legal and Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health in Missouri


When:  Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

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Course Description:

Without the proper legal awareness needed to stay in compliance, you may face grave legal and financial consequences. This seminar will show you how to continue to help the people you’ve been trained to help while still protecting yourself from many legal pitfalls. If you attend only one seminar this year, make it this one. Join attorney Richard D. Dvorak for an entertaining and enlightening day and leave with a greater understanding of the latest Missouri laws as they relate to mental health. You will take home practical strategies to minimize and manage legal and ethical risks and you will learn how to immediately implement these risk reducing strategies into your practice.

  1. Identify the process of implementing reasonable and appropriate security measures and knowledge of how to access policy and procedure templates.
  2. Develop policies on ethical issues such as restraints, seclusion and individual rights.
  3. Recognize security breach analysis and notification strategies.
  4. Describe the major requirements in responding to a deposition or responding to questions asked in a court of law.
  5. List the updated HIPAA and HITECH Act laws and how they pertain directly to Behavioral Health in Missouri.
  6. Compare and contrast the differences between HIPAA and other laws and know which takes priority.
  7. Identify at least three issues for which mental health professionals may be held legally liable if not compliant with existing regulations or laws.
  8. Equip HealthCare Organizations with the knowledge and practical applications to achieve “audit readiness”.


Richard D. Dvorak, is a shareholder in Tomes & Dvorak, Chartered, a Kansas City area law firm. After serving eight years in the United States Marine Corps, Richard obtained his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1992. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas, including various U.S federal courts. Mr. Dvorak’s extensive litigation experience includes medical malpractice, physician licensure, mental health disability cases, military cases, and criminal cases, among others. As vice president of Veterans Press, Inc., Richard has been instrumental in producing cost-effective health information compliance tools. Along with Jonathan P. Tomes, and Michael I. Spak, Richard is also coauthor of the book Medical Records Retention Guide, 4th ed., published by Veterans Press in 2011.

As vice president of EMR Legal, Inc., Richard provides consulting services for clients ranging from a large county government, with eight different health entities that need HIPAA compliance help, to a small transcription service. His specialty is helping smaller entities comply in a cost-effective manner using his extensive technical computer knowledge and business acumen. As a small businessman, Richard understands the need to help others learn how to comply with government regulations in a reasonable, cost-effective manner.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Richard Dvorak is a Managing Partner for Tomes & Dvorak, Chartered. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Richard Dvorak has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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