Please understand that APNSolutions takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously and has made every effort to maintain the security of your treatment records. As you are aware, the law protects the relationship between a patient and a psychiatric mental health practitioner and, with few exceptions, information cannot be disclosed without the patient's written permission. Adolescents age 14 and older have the same right to the privacy and confidentiality of their psychiatric mental health & substance abuse treatment records and must also give written permission for information to be released, even to their parents or guardians.
There are very few scenarios in which a patient's confidentiality and privacy may be broken without the patient's written permission for disclosure. These exceptions for which a patient's confidentiality and privacy may be broken are listed below:
- The clinician suspects child abuse or neglect or dependent adult or elder abuse. Under these conditions the law requires that the clinician immediately report the suspicions to the appropriate authorities.
- If a patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, by law, the clinician must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a patient threatens or intends to harm himself or herself, the clinician will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in maintaining their safety. If the patient does not or is not able to cooperate, the law allows the clinician to break confidentiality and privacy in order to take measures to ensure the patient's safety.