Limits of Confidentiality
Contents of all therapy sessions are considered to be confidential. Both verbal information and written
records about a client cannot be shared with another party without the written consent of the client or the
client’s legal guardian. Noted exceptions are as follows:
Duty to Warn and Protect
When a client discloses intentions or a plan to harm another person, the mental health professional is
required to warm the intended victim and report this information to leg
al authorities. In cases in which
the client discloses or implies a plan for suicide, the health care professional is required to notify legal
authorities and make reasonable attempts to notify the family of the client.
Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults
If a client states or suggests that he or she is abusing a child (or vulnerable adult) or has recently abused
a child (or vulnerable adult), or a child (or a vulnerable adult) is in danger of abuse, the mental health
professional is required to repor
t this information to the appropriate social service and/or legal
Prenatal Exposure to Controlled Substances
Mental Health care professionals are required to report admitted prenatal exposure to controlled
substances that are potentially harm
Parents or legal guardians of non
emancipated minor clients have the right to access the client’s records.
Insurance Providers(when applicable)
Insurance companies and other third
party payers are given information that they req
services to clients.
Information that may be requested includes, but it not limited to: types of service, dates/times of service,
diagnosis, treatment plan, and description of impairment, progress of therapy, case notes, and
gree to the above limits of confidentiality and understand their meanings and ramifications.