HELP IS ON THE WAY (OUT): PROHIBITING THE USE OF NONCOMPETITION AGREEMENTS IN THE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSION

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mchase5@pride.hofstra.edu

Abstract

The use of noncompetition agreements in the mental health profession has created unfortunate consequences for patients and families seeking and receiving care within their respective communities. In addition to exacerbating issues in access and the availability of care in the mental health delivery system, noncompetition agreements (1) undermine the goals of therapy and injure the public's welfare; (2) potentially conflict with professional ethics and standards of practice guiding the mental health profession; and (3) conflict with promising proposals to reform mental health care delivery. This Note advocates that states adopt a statute prohibiting mental health practitioners from entering into noncompetition agreements with their employers as against public policy.

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