Students have the right to expect that all aspects of care will be treated as confidential. Information shared with health services staff will only be shared with written consent. FERPA waivers do not apply to medical information. Staff cannot share information with parents unless a student has given appropriate consent.
Confidential information in the medical record is considered privileged information and cannot be released without the client's written authorization. Confidentiality is to be broken only if the client poses a danger to self or others.
Certain information regarding communicable diseases may be required to be shared with State and local health departments and/or other agencies listed below.
- Communicable Disease Control
- State Department of Labor
- Medical Examiner
Many third-party payers have clauses in their contracts that allow for release of information when the client signs the contract. Request a copy of the signed consent from the insurance company.