The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
HIPAA & RECIPIENT RIGHTS
A federal act called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives you some additional rights to what you have through state laws. This notice gives you information on these additional rights through HIPAA.
OUR PRIVACY COMMITMENT TO YOU
We care about your privacy. The information we collect about you is private. We are required to give you a notice of our privacy practices. Only people who have both the need and a legal right may see your information. Unless you give us permission in writing, we will only disclose your information for purposes of treatment/services, payment, business operations or when we are required by law to do so. We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information. We will promptly let you know if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
We will release information when we are required by law to do so. Examples of such releases would be for law enforcement or national security purposes, workers’ compensation claims, medical examiner or funeral director if an individual dies, subpoenas or other court orders, communicable disease reporting, review of our activities by government agencies, to avert a serious threat to health or safety, reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence, or in other kinds of emergencies.
Professional Disclosure Statement
Per 12 AAC 62.930, in the event that Out Stretched Hands Counseling Center, LLC (OSHCC) treatment programs are discussed with other professionals, all clients’ confidential information will be maintained; and the name and the identify of all clients will be disclosed only in compliance with AS 08.29.200. This information is required by the Board of Professional Counselors which regulates all licensed professional counselors. Board of Professional Counselors, Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing P.O. Box 110806 | Juneau, AK | 99811-0806 Phone: (907) 465-2551