Everett, WA asked in Civil Litigation for Washington

Q: Please interpret Line 4 of WAC 246-809-035.

It states in part "The licensed counselor must keep all clients records for five years following the last visit."

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Andrekita Silva
Andrekita Silva
  • Seattle, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: You do not provide a context for the WAC. But, it means exactly what it says. That a licensed counselor must keep records for 5 years. The WAC goes on to specify what should be included in "records". Many counselors make the fewest notations possible to avoid disclosing confidences in the event their records are ever subpoened.

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