Information about your appointments at CARE is confidential and cannot be disclosed with your written consent. CARE complies with state and federal laws regarding confidentiality as well as professional ethical laws. There are some exceptions to confidentiality:
Limits of Confidentiality
CARE may use or disclose your health information without your consent or authorization in the certain circumstances, including the following:
- Child Abuse – If your clinician has reasonable cause to believe a child known to him/her in his/her professional capacity may be an abused child or a neglected child, your counselor must report this belief in accordance with the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
- Adult and Domestic Abuse – If your clinician has reason to believe that an individual (who is protected by state law) has been abused, neglected, or financially exploited, they must report this information.
- Serious Threat to Health or Safety – If your clinician believes that you present an imminent, serious risk of physical or mental injury or death to yourself, they may make disclosures they consider necessary to protect you from harm. If you communicate to your counselor a specific threat of imminent harm against another individual or if they believe that there is clear, imminent risk of physical or mental injury being inflicted against another individual, they may make disclosures that he/she believes are necessary to protect that individual from harm.