The New York State law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Abuse or Neglect: if your therapist believes a child or vulnerable adult is being abused and/or neglected.
- Harm to Self or Others: if you report that you intend to physically injure someone or when your therapist believes you are in danger of harming yourself or another person.
- Court Order: if the therapist is ordered by a court to comply with a court order as part of a legal involvement in company litigation, child custody, care and protection cases, adoption proceedings, or other legal proceedings.
- Claim Submission: using your insurance company to pay for any part of your treatment requires your therapist to communicate with your insurance company about your treatment, e.g. in filing a claim, insurance audits, case review appeals, etc. (This does not apply to private pay clients.)
- Natural Disasters: whereby protected records may become exposed.
- When Otherwise Required By Law: you may be asked to sign a “Release of Information” so that your therapist may speak with other mental health professionals or to family members.
Learn more about privacy policies HERE.