The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission except where required by law. According to state and federal law, disclosure is required when there is a reasonable suspicion of child abuse, elder or dependent adult abuse or neglect, and when a client present a danger to self, others, property, or is gravely disabled. Effective 01/01/2015 I am also obliged under the law to report any instance where you disclose that you have accessed, streamed, or downloaded material where a child is engaged in an act of obscene sexual conduct
The protection of your health information is very important. As a mental health professional I recognize that many of the things we discuss are sensitive, and because of this it is important that you are aware of how this information is used and may be revealed. This document contains a description about how your protected health information is used and sometimes disclosed. As a healthcare professional covered under the federal “HIPAA” law I am required to give you this notice and to abide by its terms. I reserve the right to change the terms of this notice, and if that happens I will provide you with an updated copy with the changes. Please download my Notice of Privacy Practices for full disclosure.