Are dentists required by any other applicable state law/regulation to report to authorities when there is reasonable cause to suspect a patient is a victim of suspected spousal, drug or alcohol abuse? Is so, whom should the dentist notify?

No. There is no mandatory reporting requirement in cases of suspected spousal, drug or alcohol abuse, as long as the patient is not a minor with evidence of physical abuse.

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