Mental Health Service Professional Law and Legal Definition

A mental health service professional is a person who improves the mental health of individuals, couples, and families by providing services relating to an individual's mental health or illness. Mental health service professional include psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses, and mental health counselors.

The term "mental health service professional” is defined under 42 USCS § 295p(22) as an individual with a graduate or postgraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in psychiatry, psychology, school psychology, behavioral pediatrics, psychiatric nursing, social work, school social work, substance abuse disorder prevention and treatment, marriage and family counseling, school counseling, or professional counseling.