Hi! LegalGems here. I have extensive consumer law experience and will use this to assist you with your issue today. I am so sorry to hear this. The best thing to do is to file a complaint with the appropriate agency, which is located here: http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/doctors/conduct/
The Board is empowered to do the following if, after a hearing, they determine there was misconduct: "The Board for Professional Medical Conduct has the authority to revoke or suspend a physician's license. The board can also limit a physician's license, issue a censure and reprimand, order education and/or retraining, levy a fine, or require community service. The board cannot direct a physician to reimburse a patient, change a diagnosis or alter an opinion."
If there was an issue about privacy, there could be an action for violation of privacy rights, but generally economic damages need to be proved in order to get a money judgment.
Quite so. What about non-MD therapists?
Let me look into that. What kind of licensing do they have? Or degree? Or proper title? (any of these should help me pinpoint)
that's the thing. As far as I can tell, the directors of The Wellness and Counseling Center at CCNY ( http://wellness.ccny.cuny.edu/) have all had PhDs in Psychology.
but Alicia Carew, who I met with the most, is at the Student Disability Center, which is a different entity. She told me she had two master's degrees. Maybe Counseling Psychology? MSW?
(a different entity within CCNY, which deals with the Wellness center and is a 5 minute walk away)
OK, then here you go, this is the proper organization for mental health complaints: http://www.mhanys.org/publications/factsheets/fscompliants.htm
again ( as I say in the first message) I have emailed them asking about their degrees, and the names of directors who have left, and they aren't responding.
ah, thank you.
The complaint would be accessed here: http://www.op.nysed.gov/opd/complain.htm But you should review the fact sheet I linked a minute ago because they might have some options that apply.
Perfect. I hope you are able to resolve this quickly.
and if you come across any other useful information, I'll be interested,
No problem. I will let you know. The complaint process does provide for fines and reimbursement to customers, so that should help.
aha. good to know.
Glad to have helped!
ok, I guess that does it for today.
You said: LegalGems :
What is your rationale for being 'the proper organization'? I could have just googled that. It says it advocates for 'the mentally ill'. Why do I want to be part of 'the mentally ill'?
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