|(a) In General.
(1) A licensee has the right to sell or otherwise dispose
of the licensee's practice to another licensed psychologist.
(2) A licensee has the right to assume the practice
of a licensee.
(3) Arrangements regarding accounts receivable and
other financial and tangible assets and liabilities of the practice
being transferred must be resolved by the selling and assuming licensees
prior to the transfer of any patient or client records.
(b) Notice and Referral of Patients and Clients.
(1) A licensee who intends to sell, retire, or otherwise
dispose of a practice must make reasonable efforts to notify current
and former patients or clients that on a given date the practice is
being sold and that patient or client records will be transferred
to the buyer unless the patient or client provides the name of an
alternative mental health care provider to receive the records. This
notice must provide a reasonable time to the patients and clients
to make suitable responses and arrangements.
(2) A licensee who assumes the practice of another
mental health service provider may state a willingness to provide
services to all patients or clients the licensee is competent to treat.
(3) A licensee who assumes a practice must provide
an appropriate referral to a qualified mental health services provider
to any patient or client who notifies the licensee that they do not
want to receive services from the licensee or to a patient or client
to whom the licensee declines to offer services.
(4) If the patient or client accepts a referral, the
referring licensee must forward the patient or client's records to
that mental health professional.