In general, this protects the privacy of all communciation between a client and a psychologist. In most situations, our practices can only release information about your treatment to other if you sign a written Authorization form that meets certain legal requirements imposed by HIPAA. There are some situations in which we are legally obligated to take action to protect others from harm, which may require revealing confidential information about a client's treatment.
-If a clinician with one of our practices believes that a client presents as an imminent danger to him/herself, they may be required to seek hospitalization for the client, or contact family members or others who can help provide protection.
-If there is a cause to suspect a child under 18 is abused or neglected, the law requires that a report be filed with the appropriate agency. Once such a report is filed, additional information may be required.
-If there is a cause to suspect a disabled adult is in need of protective services, the law requires that a report be filed with the appropriate agency. Once such a report is filed, additional information may be required.
-If there is reason to believe that a client presents in imminent danger to the health and safety of another, the clinicians in our practices may be required to disclose information in order to take protective actions, including initiating hospitalization, warning the potential victim, and/or calling the police.
The clinicians and practices that work within the Triangle Center for Behavioral Health hold themselves to strict confidentiality and are HIPAA compliant. Please check with your individual clinician to review confidentiality and emergency plans.