Patient Dumping of Mentally Ill Individuals Needing Emergency Care

$40.00 | CE Hours:8.00 | Intermediate

***This course will be expiring on 10/29/2020. After this date, you will be unable to take this course for renewal credit.***

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CEU Course Description

The enforcement of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and the policies designed to ensure that hospitals, localities, or states are not “dumping” indigent, mentally ill patients in need of emergency care on other hospitals, localities, or states in violation of the law are examined in this CEU course.  Policy suggestions to better protect the rights of the mentally ill are also considered.

CEU Course Objectives

1.  Discuss what patient dumping refers to.

2.  Explain the statutory rights of action created by Congress in drafting EMTALA.

3.  Investigate what CMS requires hospitals must do, in addition to providing a medical screening examination, necessary stabilizing treatment, appropriate transfers, and acceptance of transfers under the statute.

4.  Examine what medical professionals should do when both physical and mental emergencies exist.

5.  Elucidate who may file a civil rights complaint with OCR on behalf of a victim.

6.  Identify the federal provisions related to mental health disabilities that the Office for Civil Rights has the power to enforce.

Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

To see other approvals in your state, see our state by state provider approval listings here.


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Added On: 2015-09-08

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