Communication between the counselor and the client are privileged. Information regarding client services will not be released to any party or agency without explicit written approval on the part of the client. There are, however, a few special circumstances and exceptions to the rules regarding confidentiality. Please read below.
- If fees are reimbursed by a third party (such as an agency), certain details of treatment (dates of service and diagnosis) must be released for the third party to adequately process the claim.
- If a client reveals information that indicates a clear danger of injury to himself/herself or to others, the counselor will need to contact appropriate authorities or family members.
- By Ohio Law, counselors have a legal responsibility to notify appropriate social agencies of the suspicion or knowledge of physical or sexual abuse or neglect of a child, a disabled person or an elderly person.
- Your information may also be used for accounting purposes or collection purposes.