Does COPACT address malpractice issues?
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In 2011, COPACT wrote and passed a bill that added LPCs and LMFTs to malpractice legislation that already applied to social workers and psychologists. Punitive damages are the big monetary fines that are assigned to punish professionals who lose malpractice cases in court. Social Workers and psychologists had been exempted from punitive damages in malpractice lawsuits. Prior to 2011, LPCs and LMFTs were not exempted. Thanks to HB 2217 in 2011, LPCs and LMFTs no longer had to worry about facing huge punitive damage fines​