The law protects the therapeutic relationship I have with my clients, in accordance with Florida Statutes and Federal Regulations. Information cannot be disclosed without written permission. If someone would attempt to receive information from me without written permission, I would simply state; "I'm sorry I can not release any information to you." I could not confirm nor deny that a client is being seen for services if questioned.
However, there are some exceptions to this law that include:
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse for which I am required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I will notify the police and inform the intended victim
If a client intends to harm him or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring 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.
By law, I am required to provide you a written notice of my privacy policies and practices as stipulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act, (HIPPA). I am required by law to maintain the privacy of your confidential health care information known as Protected Health Information, (PHI). As a client you may review a copy of these practices on my website by clicking on "Notice of Privacy Practices.'