Under federal law-42 CFR, our staff cannot tell anybody outside Circle Park that you are attending a program or disclose any information that would identify you, such as your name or social security number, unless you consent in writing (if you are a minor, your parent or guardian must consent).
Any violation of your confidentiality by an employee of this agency is a crime. Suspected violations should be reported to the Circle Park BHS Corporate Compliance Officer as quickly as possible.
There are some exceptions to this general rule, when confidentiality can be broken under very specific circumstances.
- When a client threatens to commit a violent crime or to do something that will endanger others, we may be required to warn the authorities or the intended victim.
- When we find out that a child is at risk of being abused or neglected-in fact, we are required by state law to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities.
- When we are required to do so by a court order. However, before a judge can issue such an order, he or she must hold a hearing where both you and Circle Park can explain why information should not be released.
- In a medical emergency when the information might help medical personnel provide the right treatment.
- When a woman is twenty-four or more weeks pregnant and using illegal drugs. (Whitner v. State of South Carolina, 328 S.C. 1, 492 S.E.2d 777, 1997)