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Government License Required to Provide Direct Mental Health Care

On March 1, 2012, in Brown v. County of Los Angeles (California Courts of Appeal – 2nd District, No. B229993), the court held that government employees who render direct psychological health services are not exempt from the state licensing requirement. An exemption from the rule occurs when the government employee is not giving direct mental health services.

In Brown, the plaintiff was clinical psychologist who obtained a position with the county contingent upon completing the licensing requirements within five years of her hire date. One week before this period expired, the plaintiff filed a complaint against her supervisor. Two months later, the plaintiff was fired from her position for failure to procure a license. After alleging retaliation, the court found for the County citing the necessary requirement that those providing direct mental health must obtain a license.

If you have been a victim of wrongful termination or retaliation, please do not hesitate to contact a Southern California employment law attorney today.

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