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Confidentiality

Protecting your privacy is very important. This means that we will not disclose information about you to anyone unless you specifically authorize us to do so through a release of information (upload record release form). If you are over 18, this includes not sharing information about you to administrators, parents, or guardians.

limits to your confidentiality include:

  • Issues of dangerousness to yourself
  • Issues of dangerousness to others
  • Information about current or suspected child abuse
  • Information about current or suspected elder abuse

The Health and Counseling Center does ascribe to an integrated model of care. This means that all providers (mental health and medical) do share and have access to the information you provide during your visits. If you have any questions about this, feel free to discuss with your providers or with our administrative staff.

The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

The Health and Counseling Center is bound by HIPPAA guidelines. These guidelines further protect your privacy around mental health issues. Everyone who comes to the Health and Counseling Center will be given information regarding HIPAA and asked to verify that they received this information. Find out more about HIPAA.

Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights

Knowing your rights will help insure that you get your needs met and are protected.