October 17, 2017

Behavioral Health Providers

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Therapists and other behavioral health providers, whether they are just starting out, or have been in business for some time, know that unexpected challenges and issues arise at the most inopportune moments.

I represent behavioral health providers in a wide range of business and legal issues such as employment matters; leasing and/or subleasing; business set up, transfer and management; regulatory and ethical compliance; and, where necessary, litigation before administrative courts, boards, and in D.C. Superior Court.

In my practice, I relieve the pressure on counselors who do not have an in-house lawyer that they can ask. I can be your virtual in-house-counsel.

I offer a subscription-based legal service which is a cost-effective, proactive solution to behavioral health providers’ business, regulatory and professional problems. For a reasonable monthly fee, you have the opportunity to call me as soon as you have a question and need expert guidance. Clients get:

• Consultations, for no additional charge, on new matters;

• Preferential rates for complex matters;

• Annual business compliance checks; and

• Access to my small business resources.

I served on the Social Work Licensure Board, where, among other duties, we investigated and adjudicated complaints against behavioral health providers. Through that, I gained a keen understanding of how ethical issues are treated here in the District. Additionally, I’ve taught courses at the masters and doctoral level in the legal aspects of psychotherapy. Finally, I’ve been representing small business owners in the District for more than 17 years, and as a small business owner myself, I understand how difficult it is to strike a balance between practicing your profession and running your business.

How to get started

If you are interested in the virtual in-house counsel service, simply use the online scheduling tool to set up an initial phone conference, in which I will get to know a little bit about your practice and give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have.

From there, we will set up an in-person needs assessment meeting, which I prefer to have at your office, so I can observe the operation for myself. In that session, we can discuss the business and potential legal issues that your practice is or may be facing. Following the meeting, I will send a proposed scope of the representation that will be tailored to your specific needs.  A number of factors impact the price, such as the size and legal structure of your business.  However, I can comfortably say that for most solo and small group practices the monthly subscription program is between $1-300.

Can behavioral health providers hire you without the monthly subscription?

Absolutely.  The virtual in-house service is something that I offer, but I do not require it. I am happy to extend the same fee arrangements that I offer my other business clients, to therapists as well.  Schedule an initial appointment using the online tool, or call me to discuss your needs, and we can figure out the next step together.