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Limits of Confidentiality
Generally speaking, the contents of a counseling, intake, or assessment session 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. It is the policy of this practice not to release any information about a client without a signed release of information. There are; however, specific legal exceptions to confidentiality which include;
Duty to Warn and Protect
When a client discloses intentions or a plan to harm another person, including those identifiable by their association with a specific location or entity, the health care professional is required to warn the intended victim and notify the person or persons responsible for the location or entity and report this information to legal 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 vulnerable adult) is in danger of abuse, the health care professional is required to report this information to the appropriate social service and/or legal authorities.
Prenatal Exposure to Controlled Substances Health
care professionals are required to report admitted prenatal exposure to controlled substances that are potentially harmful.
In the event a grievance or lawsuit is filed by a client against a mental health professional, the client’s records may be released in order to address the claim.
Health care professionals are required to release records of clients when a court order has been placed.
I agree to the above limits of confidentiality and understand their meanings and ramifications.