We take your privacy and confidentiality very seriously and has made every effort to maintain the security of your treatment records. 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.
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:
Abuse/Neglect: 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.
Threat to harm others: 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.
Threat to harm self: 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.
You will be provided a copy of this policy on your first visit.
Maryann Ryan Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Address Clock Tower 65 Main Street, Suite 100 Warwick, NY 10990