Confidential Healthcare Information
Your personal healthcare information must be respected. Confidential healthcare information is a client right; protected by HIPAA, and enforced by counselor ethics, state licensure, and common sense therapeutic collaboration. Exceptions to the rule revolve primarily around client safety.
You are in control of what others know about your participation in NCWC services. It often makes sense to involve others in your process (family members, employers, attorneys, employers, probation officer). Developing a network of support is crucial for long term sobriety and well-being. Disclosing your involvement in NCWC services requires your permission to share information through a ‘release of information’ document. You determine who is allowed to know what, why, and for how long.