HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) protects the relationship between a client and therapist. In order to disclose your personal health information (PHI) I must have your written permission. This includes diagnosis, notes, treatment plans and bills. I am required to maintain the privacy of your PHI per HIPAA regulations. Exceptions to this include:
threats of serious bodily harm or property damage to another
intent to harm him/herself
Should these exceptions take place, I am required by the State of CT to notify DCF, the police or other appropriate authorities to ensure the safety of the client and/or others involved.
Should I deem that my services are no longer supportive and that a higher level of care is necessary, I will make a referral to the appropriate facility or physician and discontinue my services.