The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996 established the private nature of the relationship and transactions between a client and a psychotherapist and specified that client information cannot be disclosed without their written permission. The final rule of HIPPA, effective 9/23/2013, added sections on penalty and enforcement, breach notification, notice of privacy practice, and rules governing business associates.
Please note the following exceptions to the confidentiality ruling:
1. Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
2. If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
3. If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring 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.
As a new client, you will receive a copy of my Office Privacy Policies and Practices during your first visit.