Law, rules and regulations, not Guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and violating them constitutes professional misconduct. Not adhering to this Guideline may be interpreted as professional misconduct only if the conduct also violates pertinent law, rules and regulations, some citations of which are listed at the end of this Guideline.
7. Making Referrals
- Provide appropriate and timely referrals whenever:
- You are not sufficiently qualified to meet a client's needs;
- Personal needs and/or life circumstances could compromise your capacity to provide effective professional services; or
- Additional or alternative services are needed, including service summaries when requested and authorized by the client.
- Provide appropriate and immediate referrals for anyone in an emergency situation whenever you cannot respond immediately yourself.
Citations of Pertinent Law, Rules or Regulations:
- Education Law, section 6509(2) - incompetence and negligence
- Education Law, section 6509(3) - impaired practice
- Education Law, section 6509(4) - habitual substance abuse
- Education Law, section 6509(9) - unprofessional conduct
- Regents Rules, part 29.1(b)(7) - failing to release requested records
- Regents Rules, part 29.1(b)(9) - practicing beyond competency
- Regents Rules, part 29.2(a)(1) - abandoning or neglecting a patient/client