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Where a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed clinical social worker, licensed professional clinical counselor, or a licensed education psychologist is the subject of a complaint or investigation, it is critical to engage knowledgeable and experienced licensing counsel before responding. Many times counsel can assist a behavioral sciences professional in responding effectively to the Board of Behavioral Sciences, a branch of the Department of Consumer Affairs, which can result in the investigation being closed with no formal accusation. However, behavioral sciences professionals have on average only four and a half months between a complaint being made and the Board’s investigation being complete. Enforcement Statistics. The anxiety and expense of defending a formal accusation before the Board can be extraordinary. If a formal accusation is filed, a copy of that charging document will be posted on the Board's website, which can adversely affect an office or employee’s reputation even where the allegations are later proven to be without merit. What an attorney can do for you now


The Board takes all allegations of misconduct against licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional clinical counselors, and licensed education psychologists seriously, and the number of complaints the Board processes has more than doubled since 2003. In the same period the number of “disciplinary decision outcomes” or punishments imposed has quadrupled. Enforcement Statistics. The Board has also indicated more rapid enforcement as one of its primary goals in its most recent strategic plan. Strategic Plan.


If you receive a call or visit from a Board investigator, a letter from the Board, or an accusation or statement of issues before the Board, you should immediately contact an attorney with experience representing licensees in the often complicated realm of administrative investigations and proceedings. The attorneys at Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP can assist you in responding to the Board before an accusation is filed, and can defend you before the Board in an administrative proceeding. In many cases our professional licensing clients have engaged in no misconduct but instead are the target of an unjust complaint or an unfortunate misunderstanding. In other cases, including matters where a client is chemically dependent or has made an uncharacteristic mistake, we will work with clients to establish mitigating circumstances which may result in no discipline, probation with a stayed license penalty, or a shorter license suspension. In most cases where we are engaged during an investigation we will submit a detailed analysis of the allegations to the investigator along with evidence to support our client's position that no misconduct occurred or that license discipline is unwarranted.


Though the Board does not offer a diversion program for licensees the Board manages issues of addiction through its administrative process. Addiction treatment through the administrative process. In some cases, the loss of a license may be avoided if addiction issues are directly addressed with the Board through your attorney and you are successful in treatment.


If you have already been the subject of discipline and your license was revoked you may be able to petition for reinstatement of your license. If you are an applicant with a concern about a criminal history or past problems, we can assist you in crafting an application packet to give you the best chance of obtaining a license.


The attorneys at Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP have experience representing professionals before a variety of California boards and agencies. For behavioral sciences professionals and applicants facing allegations of professional misconduct before the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, contact Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP for knowledgeable and effective representation.




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