Confidentiality is the cornerstone of any kind of helping relationship. Quite simply, what this means is that without your explicit permission we will not tell anyone or any organization anything about you; in fact, we will neither confirm nor deny that you were even at the program.
There are, however, circumstances under which we will provide your records to others. They are as follows:
- With your written consent.
- After a hearing in which a court orders us to do so.
- A disclosure can be made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to qualified personnel for research audit or program evaluation purposes.
Violation of the Federal law and regulations by a program is a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with Federal regulations.
Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a patient either at the program or against any person who works for the program or about any threat to commit such a crime.
Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse or neglect from being reported under State law appropriate State or local authorities.
We will ask you to execute (sign) a consent document before the program begins. It uses language provided by the state and spells out the kinds of information that will be provided to the court that sent you here and the state agency which is responsible for Driver Intervention Programs. Copies of the Federal laws governing confidentiality of your records are available at your request to the director. Our release-of-information forms are available as well.
Because confidentiality is so important to us, we want you to be very clear about it. While my staff and those associated with the program take this issue very seriously, we cannot assume any responsibility for a breach of confidentiality caused by actions of individuals not associated with the program or by other program participants. There may be times during the course of the program when we are in a public area, therefore, we cannot guarantee you will not be seen by others while engaged in the program.
Advances in technology including cell phones with camera and video features present significant challenges to our efforts to protect the confidentiality of individuals participating in the program. All individuals will be required to sign an agreement that states the use of such devices or permitting another to engage in the use of such devices while participating in the program is strictly prohibited. Any violation of this agreement will result in dismissal from the program and notification of the appropriate state authorities. Once again, however, we cannot guarantee that all individuals in the program will respect each other in the manner that is expected and appropriate.
We encourage you to clarify any questions that you may have about this or any other aspect of the program by contacting the Weekend Intervention Program office at (937) 979-4400.