PRIVACY

PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY

 

Your privacy will be well protected, as required by law and ethical standards and principles. Your confidentiality will not be shared without your explicit permission,  except when court ordered to do so or as law directs. 

 

Therapists are mandated reporters and are required by law to report when a client is a danger to him/herself or others, and child, elder, or disabled adult abuse and/or neglect. Therapists are also required to release information in the case of emergency, provider oversight, and for national security. Non-identifying information can also be used for consultation and research. Professional privacy and confidentiality standards are followed, and private information will not be released to other service providers and collaterals without your permission.

 

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulates how your Protected Health Information (PHI) is shared, requiring professionals to keep medical and therapeutic information secure and private. In accordance with HIPPA, you will always be asked for your permission to speak to anyone, unless required by law, including for permission to collaborate with other professionals (doctors, school staff, etc.) during an assessment or while in treatment. Communication with other professionals can help obtain information that can assure the best assessment possible. During treatment, communication with collaterals can help keep all the professionals involved on the same page, assuring that the treatment plan is well aligned with all service components.

 

With regard to minors (17 and under), an effective therapeutic relationship is rarely achieved without trust. For the most part, not every detail of individual therapy is shared with parents and other adults, within legal and ethical standards. However, if there is a serious danger or concern, adults are routinely notified in order to act in the best interest of the minor.