The law protects information you share with us, and we are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of this information unless you explicitly consent otherwise. However, there are some exceptions to this as outlined in the following. Please read carefully and consult your therapist with any questions.
Personal health information: under the law, we are permitted to disclose personal health information for purposes of a) treatment, b) payment, and c) health care operations. When possible, we will first obtain your consent.
Treatment: we consult with your current health care provider(s) about your condition.
Payment: we disclose only the minimum information necessary to your insurer in order for you to obtain reimbursement (where applicable).
Health care operations: we disclose only the minimum information necessary for administrative activities like audits of our practice.
Ethical or legal obligation: in certain cases, we are required to disclose information without your authorization if you are a danger to yourself or others. Further, if information you disclose leads us to suspect abuse, neglect, or domestic violence pertaining to yourself or others, we must disclose it to the Department of Social Services.
Parents/children: If you are an unemancipated minor, there may be information we must disclose to a parent, guardian, or other party acting legally on your behalf. If you are a parent of an unemancipated minor and acting on their behalf, we may disclose information about your child to you in certain circumstances.
Information requests: We may disclose other information as required by law. For example, if the Director of Social Services asks us for information relevant to a child protective services investigation, we must disclose it.
We strive to create the most comfortable environment possible so that you can share with us freely, and a big part of that means honoring your confidentiality and rights. Your health and information rights are important to us. By law, you have rights regarding the information we collect and maintain about you, which includes the right to:
- Request we restrict certain uses and disclosures of your health information.
- Request we communicate with you by alternative means.
- Request to review or receive a copy of the information we maintain about you.
- Request that we amend the health information we maintain about you.
- Request a list of our disclosures of your health information.