The law protects the relationship between a client and counselor, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which the counselor is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s or property, the counselor must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the counselor will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in securing their safety. If they do not cooperate, the counselor will take further measures, without their permission, that are provided to the counselor by law in order to ensure their safety.
- Client(s) signing a release of information. Counselors will discuss the risks and benefits of releasing information to a third party.
- If there is a court order or legal requirement for the information to be released to a third party.
If, at any time, you or a loved one is in danger of hurting self, others or property, call 911 or go to the local emergency room or crisis center immediately.