The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Suspected child abuse or dependent 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.
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES – BRIEF VERSION
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Our practice is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your personal health information as part of providing professional care. We also are required by law to keep your information private. These laws are complicated, but we must give you this important information. This pamphlet is a shorter version of the full, legally required NPP which is available upon your request and contains more information regarding your protected health information.
Please talk to your Privacy Officer (see the end of this pamphlet) about any questions or problems.
We will use the information about your health which we get from you or from others mainly to provide you with treatment, to arrange payment for our services, and for some other business activities which are called, in the law, health care operations. After you have read this NPP we will ask you to sign a Consent Form to let us use and share your information. If you do not consent and sign this form, we cannot treat you.
If we or you want to use or disclose (send, share, release) your information for any other purposes we will discuss this with you and ask you to sign an Authorization form to allow this. Of course, we will keep your health information private but there are sometimes when the laws require us to use or share it. For example:
1. When there is a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of another individual or the public. We will only share information with a person or organization that is able to help prevent or reduce the threat.
2. Some lawsuits and legal or court proceedings.
3. If a law enforcement official requires to do so.
4. For Workers Compensation and similar benefit programs.
There are some other situations like these, but which don’t happen very often. They are described in the longer version of the NPP.
Your rights regarding your health information
1. You can ask us to communicate with you about your health and related issues in a particular way or at a certain place which is more private for you. For example, you can ask us to call you at home and not at work to schedule or cancel an appointment. We will try our best to do as you ask.
2. You have the right to ask us to limit what we tell people involved in your care or the payment for your care, such as family members and friends. While we don’t have to agree to your request, if we do agree, we will keep our agreement except if it is against the law, or in an emergency, or when the information is necessary to treat you.
3. You have the right to look at the health information we have about you such as your medical and billing records. *You can even get a copy of these records, but we may charge you. Contact your Privacy Officer to arrange how to see your records. See below.
4. If you believe the information in your records is incorrect or missing important information, you can ask us to make some kinds of changes (called amending) to your health information. You have to make this request in writing and send it to your Privacy Officer. You must tell us the reasons you want to make the changes.
5. You have the right to a copy of this notice. If we change this NPP we will post the new version in our waiting area and you can always get a copy of the NPP from your Privacy Officer.
6. You have the right to file a complaint if you believe your privacy rights have been violated. You can file a complaint with your Privacy Officer TaTanisha Parker, Ed.D, LPC-S, NCC, CSC 12234 Shadow Creek Pkwy Ste. 5108 Pearland, TX 77584.
All complaints to our Privacy Officer must be in writing. You can also file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights at 200 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201, or by calling 1-877-696-6775 or by visiting www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/. Filing a complaint will not change the health care we provide to you in any way.
If you have any questions regarding this notice or our health information privacy policies, please contact your Privacy Officer who is TaTanisha Parker, Ed.D, LPC-S, NCC, CSC and can be reached by phone at (281) 824-3288. The effective date of this notice is August 1, 2021.