The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. If you wish for information from your mental health treatment to be shared , exchanged or obtained from another party you will need to sign a "Consent to Release Information" form. Both parties in the information exchange will need to have a signed and dated copy of this form before information may be released. Authorization to release information can be revoked at any time in writting but will not apply to information that had been previously released prior to the revocation. Teens over the age of 16 in the state of Colorado have a right to privacy regarding mental health treatment which precludes information about treatment from being released to their parents automatically. Parents of teens over 16 may confirm that their child is attending and participating without a release of information.
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- 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.
Each client will be provided with the HIPAA privacy policies as a part of initial registration.