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§ 17-515. Counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth OccupationsEffective: October 1, 2012

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Health Occupations (Refs & Annos)
Title 17. Professional Counselors and Therapists (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 5. General Provisions (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2012
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 17-515
§ 17-515. Counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee
Counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee defined
(a) In this section, “counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee” means a committee that:
(1) Is described in subsection (b) of this section; and
(2) Performs any of the functions listed in subsection (d) of this section.
Board recognition
(b) For purposes of this section, a counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee is a committee of the Board or a committee of any association or associations representing alcohol and drug counselors, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, or professional art therapists that:
(1) Is recognized by the Board; and
(2) Includes but is not limited to alcohol and drug counselors, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and professional art therapists.
Function of committee
(c) A rehabilitation committee of the Board or recognized by the Board may function:
(1) Solely for the Board; or
(2) Jointly with a rehabilitation committee representing another board or boards.
Role of counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee
(d) For purposes of this section, a counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee evaluates and provides assistance to any alcohol and drug counselor, marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, professional art therapist, and any other individual regulated by the Board, in need of treatment and rehabilitation for alcoholism, drug abuse, chemical dependency, or other physical, emotional, or mental condition.
Records not discoverable or admissable
(e)(1) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the proceedings, records, and files of the counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee are not discoverable and are not admissible in evidence in any civil action arising out of the matters that are being or have been reviewed and evaluated by the counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee.
(2) Paragraph (1) of this subsection does not apply to any record or document that is considered by the counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee and that otherwise would be subject to discovery or introduction into evidence in a civil action.
(3) For purposes of this subsection, civil action does not include a proceeding before the Board or judicial review of a proceeding before the Board.
Civil liability
(f) A person who acts in good faith and within the scope of jurisdiction of a counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee is not civilly liable for any action as a member of the counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee or for giving information to, participating in, or contributing to the function of the counselor and therapist rehabilitation committee.

Credits

Added by Acts 2008, c. 505, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2008. Amended by Acts 2012, c. 628, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2012; Acts 2012, c. 629, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2012.
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 17-515, MD HEALTH OCCUP § 17-515
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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