Your Rights As A Patient

As a patient receiving psychological or counseling services, you have rights under the state (e.g., Medical Records – Health Care Information Access and Disclosure Act) and federal (e.g., Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – HIPAA) laws. Many of these rights will be described in more detail in the Notice of Privacy Practices available on this website. We will gladly discuss any of the details associated with your rights. By law you have the right to:

  • Have full and complete knowledge of your therapist’s qualifications and training.
  • Be fully informed regarding the financial terms under which services will be provided.
  • Discuss your treatment with anyone you choose, including another therapist.
  • Have a detailed explanation of any procedure or form of treatment prior to their initiation.
  • Inspect and/or obtain a copy of protected health information contained in your treatment and billing records for as long as we maintain them.
  • Amend and/or correct protected health information contained in your treatment and billing records.
  • Request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information contained in your treatment and billing records.
  • Request and receive confidential communications of protected health information by alternative means at alternative locations (e.g., you may want to be called on a cell phone and not at home or work, you may want bills sent to another address, etc.).
  • Request and receive an accounting of disclosures of protected health information for which you have neither provided consent or authorization.
  • Revoke authorizations to release protected health information.
  • Specify in writing that no treatment records are to be maintained. We are not required to provide services under this condition and it is our policy to not provide treatment without maintaining a record.
  • Have pertinent information shared with another therapist, or any other party, provided you sign a release of information, and/or specify in writing that information is not to be release to certain individuals.
  • Question the practice and competence of your therapist, and if you desire, to file a formal complaint with appropriate professional or legal bodies.
  • Request a review copy of the ethics code and other guidelines/procedures that govern your therapist’s practice.
  • Terminate treatment at any time or, in the case of court-ordered treatment, refuse to participate (recognizing that you may face legal consequences as a result).