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PRIVACY POLICY

Limits of Services and Assumption of Risks

Therapy sessions carry both benefits and risks. Therapy sessions can significantly reduce the amount of distress someone is feeling, improve relationships, and/or resolve other specific issues. However,  these improvements cannot be guaranteed for any condition due to the many variables that affect these therapy sessions. Experiencing uncomfortable feelings discussing unpleasant situations and/or aspects of your life are considered risks of therapy sessions.

Limits of Confidentiality

What you discuss during your therapy session is kept confidential. No contents of the therapy sessions, whether verbal or written may be shared with another party without your written consent or the written consent of your legal guardian. The following is a list of exceptions:

Duty to Warn and Protect

If you disclose a plan or threat to harm yourself, the therapist must attempt to notify your family and notify legal authorities. In addition, if you disclose a plan to threaten or harm another person, the therapist is required to warn the possible victim and notify legal authorities.

Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults 

If you disclose, or it is suspected, that there is abuse or harmful neglect of children or vulnerable adults  (i.e. the elderly, disabled/incompetent), the therapist must report this information to the appropriate state agency and/or legal authorities.

Prenatal Exposure to Controlled Substances  

Therapists must report any admitted prenatal exposure to controlled substances that could be harmful to the mother or the child.

Minors/Guardianship        

Parents or legal guardians of non-emancipated minor clients have the right to access the clients’ records.

Insurance Provider

Insurance companies and other third-party payers are given information that they request regarding services to the clients. The type of information that may be requested includes types of service, dates/times of service, diagnosis, treatment plan, description of impairment, the progress of therapy, case notes, summaries, etc.

Litigation Limitation

Engaging in therapy involves the disclosure of information and matters that are confidential in nature. Should there be legal proceedings including, but not limited to lawsuits, custody disputes, and hearings, divorce proceedings, injuries, etc You agree on you (client), your attorney, advocate, or anyone acting on your behalf will not request that Mental Health and Mentoring Services of Maryland, LLC testify in court or in any other proceedings. A client may request a summary of treatment and diagnostic assessments. A fee will be assessed.

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