Our Agency and Your Privacy
Beginning Step has been chosen by you and your funding source to provide substance abuse and related disorders treatment. While providing your treatment we will have access to your health information. Our agency knows that your health information is personal. We are required to protect your privacy and provide you with this Notice as the agency that is providing you services. In the following paragraphs, we will explain in more detail how we are obligated by law to protect your personal health information. Please read it carefully.
We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage your care and related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with another person like a doctor or therapist for treatment purposes.
Your protected information will be used and disclosed to obtain payment for the services provided. This may include certain communications to your health insurer to get approval for treatment. It may also include statistical reports to agencies making funds available to us for your benefit.
We may use or disclose your protected health information for our operations in order to maintain or improve services. This can include quality assessment, accreditation, licensing or business management, and general administrative activities.
Other uses and disclosures included within treatment, payment and operations include:
To remind you of an appointment.
To inform you of potential treatment options.
Benefits and Services
To inform you of health benefits or services that may be of interest to you.
Training of health students such as counselors and therapists who are working in our agency.
For research purposes the study is approved by our privacy committee, the program director and also meets the requirements of Federal and State law and regulation (e.g., 42 CFR Part 2
Health risk or death
To prevent, control or report disease, injury, disability or death.
Abuse, neglect, or domestic violence reporting
To alert State or local authorities if we believe someone is a victim of child abuse or neglect or domestic violence.
Duty to warn
To alert authorities or medical personnel if we believe someone is at risk of injury by means of violence.
To health oversight agencies for things like audits, civil or administrative reviews, proceedings, inspections, and licensing activities.
judicial and administrative proceedings
In response to an order of a court.
To a law enforcement official in response to a court order or to report a crime on the agency premises.