Parent Attendance at Child Appointments
Parents are encouraged to attend all sessions with their children. If a parent is unable to attend, it is understood that the attending parent will communicate essential information to the absent parent. Telephone communications are appropriate in emergencies; however, are not suited for complex clinical discussions regarding care and treatment. It will be necessary to schedule an appointment to discuss on going treatment if a parent does not fully understand treatment plans and goals.
Foster Care Agency Requirements
When a parent of foster care agency requires the attendance of another adult with their child, signed permission authorizing the adult to make treatment decisions in their absence is necessary.
Parent or Adult Authorization to Make Treatment Decisions
When a parent requires the attendance of another adult with the child, a signed permission is required authorizing the attending adult to make treatment decisions in their absence.
Communication and Exchange of Information
Coordination of care with current or previous providers, agencies, schools, etc. is needed for assessment and care. By signing this agreement you are granting Spectrum and all covered entities therein the necessary permission to contact any of the above entities to obtain current or past history of assessment and care.
Spectrum Emergency and Off Hours
Emergencies of life threatening situations need immediate assistance. In these situations, it is essential that you first call 911 and involve the local emergency personnel, psychiatric emergency services and the police if you need to obtain immediate aid. Spectrum emergency on-call service is for true emergencies only (such as reactions to medication) and is not to be used for issues such as prescription refills, change of appointments or any other non-emergency situation that could reasonably wait until the following business day.
When a Spectrum professional is asked to write a report or prepare any written material, an appointment is necessary for that purpose. If a Spectrum professional is required to prepare a written document at a time outside of a session, then the patient will be informed of the amount of the charge prior to the time that document is produce and released. Payment is due upon receipt of the document.
Requested Testimony in Court
Spectrum professionals are not able to offer testimony at depositions, in court or on videotape due to their behavioral health schedules. They will prepare medical records for which Spectrum will charge a fee. They will assist in any way feasible regarding court and related proceedings. A copy of this form will be provided to you upon receipt of a request in order that you may give to your attorney.
Disability Forms and Letters to Agencies
It is not uncommon for you to need forms completed for disability determination or for information to be provided to schools, lawyers and third parties. There is a fee for preparation of letters, forms or other similar needs. These fees will be assessed based on the type and complexity of the written request.
Medical Records Request
Medical records may be requested through Spectrum's front office personnel. A $0.75 per page fee will be assessed and must be paid prior to the release of records. Records will only be released to designed parties where Spectrum has a signed medical release on file. A $75 fee may be assessed if a psychologist must review records for patient privacy concerns prior to release of records.
Appointment for Form Completion
You must advise administration staff when making an appointment that forms or letter will need to be completed or reviewed, Any fee assessed must be paid prior to the release of these forms.
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