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Limits of Confidentiality

  • 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 authorities.

    Prenatal Exposure to Controlled Substances
    Mental Health care professionals are required to report admitted prenatal exposure to controlled substances that are potentially harm ful.

    Minors/Guardianship
    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 uest regarding 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 summaries.

    I a gree to the above limits of confidentiality and understand their meanings and ramifications.
  • Please type your initials. (Client's Parent/Guardian if under 18)