greater washington society
for clinical social work

Promoting the highest standards of clinical social work practice through education, advocacy, and community.

(202) 478-7638

  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019 3:18 PM | GWSCSW Office (Administrator)

    November 26, 2019

    DC: HORA [Health Occupations Revision Act] Title 3 Section 1210.11. page 138 -- specifies three years (but HIPAA requires six);


    § 4-403. Destruction of Medical Records

    (e) After the death, retirement, surrender of the license, or discontinuance of the practice or business of a health care provider, the health care provider, the administrator

    Medical Records

    HIPAA regulations require that patient documents must be kept a minimum of six (6) years. The Medical Records Act states that unless a patient is a minor, medical records, laboratory and X-ray reports must be kept at least five years (see §4-403 below).


    Maintain client records for a minimum of six years or as otherwise required by law from the date of termination of the therapeutic relationship with the following exceptions:

    a. At minimum, records of a minor child shall be maintained for six years after attaining the age of majority or 10 years following termination, whichever comes later.

    b. Records that are required by contractual obligation or federal law to be maintained for a longer period of time.

    c. Records that have been transferred to another mental health professional or have been given to the client or his legally authorized representative.

    Also of possible interest are the NASW recommendations, and another organizations policies, for comparison purposes. 


    Client Records: Keep or Toss? - NASW Assurance Services

    Client Records: Keep or Toss? One of the thornier issues of social work today involves the why, when, and where of keeping clinical records. While hospitals and social service

    Amer Academy of Pediatrics guidelines:

    Some practitioners keep records longer than legally required, for all sorts of reasons. The basic idea is to know what the statutes and HIPAA specify; and then beyond those requirements, use your own good judgment about when it's ok to shred your records.

  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 11:43 PM | GWSCSW Office (Administrator)

    The Clinical Social Work Association is the leading organization ensuring the efficacy, stability and viability of clinical social work. Through our clinical offerings, legislative advocacy and practice related alerts, we keep clinical social workers well informed and prepared to make a difference in our client's lives.

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  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 10:47 PM | GWSCSW Office (Administrator)

    National Association of Social Workers Metropolitan Washington Chapter.

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  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 10:46 PM | GWSCSW Office (Administrator)

    This site has been developed  with the goal of becoming a social work virtual library that assists social workers and allied professionals in obtaining the WWW based information they need.

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  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 10:46 PM | GWSCSW Office (Administrator)

    A Family Intervention for Addiction. Intervention resources for alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, computer addiction, other self-destructive behavior.

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  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 10:42 PM | GWSCSW Office (Administrator)
    Continuing education courses offered for mental health issues.

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