Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
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4/22/24  3:19 am
Commenter: Very Concerned Client

Ethics Issues

There is a significant issue going around with Licensed Counselors for some years being non--factual with information and making records corrections/adjustments/amendments exceptionally difficult. Most agencies/personnel with whom I have worked regarding my disabled child will notate whatever they want, and then IF they provide the required opportunity to address/amend/correct records, they provide a LOT of resistance, and then only maybe agree to 'amend'/correct records with an 'attachment' which is not guaranteed nor monitored. Records amendments/adjustments/corrections MUST be able to be made on Original Documentation in a way that it CANNOT be separate/d. At times I've seen agencies in collusion together to determine what THEY want (mostly in terms of billing) and document things in a way that benefits THEIR billing, and NOT what's in the best interests and/or honesty for the client. This practice needs to be stopped with STRONG policy language, CLEAR outlines/examples of violations which can constitute licensure revocation, suspension, cancellation and non-renewal. Enforcement is necessary for the safety, welfare and medical recordation for other providers and in files for collaborative services FOR the best interests of each client.

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