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Privacy Policy 

Privacy Policies

In order to provide you care, FIGS THERAPY LLC must collect, create and maintain health information about you, which includes any individually identifiable information that we obtain from you or others that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health, the health care you have received, or payment for your health care. Your Provider is required by law to maintain the privacy of this information. This Notice of Privacy Practices (this “Notice”) describes how your health information may be used and disclosed, and explains certain rights you have regarding this information. Your Provider is required by law to provide you with this Notice, and will comply with the terms as stated.


I understand that health information is personal. I am committed to protecting health information about you. I will create a record of the care and services you receive from me. I need this record to provide you with quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements. This notice applies to all of the records of your care generated by this mental health care practice, and about the ways in which I may use and disclose health information about you. Described in this notice are your rights to the health information I keep about you, and certain obligations I have regarding the use and disclosure of your health information. By law I am required to:

  • Make sure that protected health information (“PHI”) that identifies you is kept private.

  • Give you this notice of my legal duties and privacy practices with respect to health information.

  • Follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.

  • I can change the terms of this Notice, and such changes will apply to all information I have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in my office, and on my website.

When disclosure is required or may be required by law:

The following categories describe different ways I use and disclose health information. Not every specific use or disclosure in a category will be listed. However, all of the ways I am permitted to use and disclose information will fall within one of the categories:

  • For Treatment Payment, or Health Care Operations: Federal privacy rules (regulations) allow health care providers who have direct treatment relationship with the patient/client to use or disclose the patient/client’s personal health information without the patient’s written authorization, to carry out the health care provider’s own treatment, payment or health care operations. I may also disclose your protected health information for the treatment activities of any health care provider. This too can be done without your written authorization. For example, if a clinician were to consult with another licensed health care provider about your condition, we would be permitted to use and disclose your personal health information, which is otherwise confidential, in order to assist the clinician in diagnosis and treatment of your mental health condition.

  • Disclosures for treatment purposes are not limited to the minimum necessary standard. Because therapists and other health care providers need access to the full record and/or full and complete information in order to provide quality care. Treatment includes, among other things, the coordination and management of health care providers with a third party, consultations between health care providers and referrals of a patient for health care from one health care provider to another.

  • Lawsuits and Disputes: If you are involved in a lawsuit, I may disclose health information in response to a court or administrative order. I may also disclose health information about your child in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested.

Limits of confidentiality

Federal and State of Florida Laws and Regulations protect the confidentiality of client records maintained by this facility. Generally, the facility may not say that a client attends the facility or disclose any information identifying a client unless:

  • 1. Risk of self-harm: During your session, if you present a threat level, words, or behavior that convince your therapist that you are likely to harm yourself, either deliberately or because you are unable to keep yourself safe, your therapist must do whatever he or she can to prevent you from being harmed

  • 2. Risk of harm to others: During your session, if you present a threat level toward another person, words, or behavior that convince your therapist that you are likely to harm another person, your therapist must try to protect that person. He or she would report your threat to the police, warn the threatened person, and try to prevent you from carrying out your threat. Federal and State of Florida Laws and Regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed or intent to commit a crime by a patient either to themselves or others.

  • 3. If your therapist obtains information leading him/her to believe or suspect abuse of a child, senior citizen, or disabled person, the therapist must report this to a state agency. To “abuse” means to neglect, hurt, or sexually molest another person. The therapist cannot investigate and decide whether abuse is taking place – if the suspicion is there, the therapist must report it. Federal and State of Florida Laws and Regulations do not protect any information about suspected abuse and neglect from being reported.

  • 4. Children and adolescents: It is the policy of this agency, when a therapist treats children and adolescents, to ask their parents or guardians to agree that most details of what their children or adolescents tell the therapist will be treated as confidential. However, parents or guardians do have the right to general information about how therapy is going. The therapist may also have to tell parents/guardians about information if their children or others are in any danger.

  • 5. Couples: If one member of a couple tells a therapist something the other member does not know, and not knowing this could harm him or her, the therapist cannot promise to keep it confidential from the other person. If this occurs, the therapist will discuss it with you before doing anything else.

  • 6. In group therapy: The other members of the group are not therapists. They are not bound by the ethical rules and laws governing therapists. To avoid problems in this area, it is this agency’s policy to ask all members of therapy groups to agree to protect one another’s confidentiality, and to remove from the group any member who does violate another member’s confidentiality. Still, this agency cannot be responsible for such disclosures by other clients, and it may be better for you to discuss information you feel must be legally protected in an individual session with your therapist than in a therapy group session.

  • 7. This agency will not record therapy sessions on audiotape or videotape without your written permission.

  • 8. If a judge court orders your therapist to provide information about your history or your treatment, the therapist must do so as required by federal laws and/or regulations.

  • 9. This disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency.

  • 10. Your therapy and/or medication management clinician may consult with other FIGS THERAPY LLC therapy and/or medication management clinicians and/or supervisors to provide the best possible care. These consultations are for professional and training purposes only.

Violation of Federal and State of Florida Laws and Regulations by a facility is a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with Federal and State of Florida regulations.

When disclosure requires your authorization:

  • Psychotherapy Notes are made and kept. Any use or disclosure of such notes requires your Authorization unless the use or disclosure is: a. For my use in treating you. b. For my use in training or supervising mental health practitioners to help them improve their skills in group, joint, family, or individual counseling or therapy. c. For my use in defending myself in legal proceedings. d. For use by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to investigate my compliance with HIPAA. e. Required by law and the use or disclosure is limited to the requirements of such law. f. Required by law for certain health oversight activities pertaining to the originator of the psychotherapy notes. g. Required by a coroner who is performing duties authorized by law. h. Required to help avert a serious threat to the health and safety of others.

  • As a psychotherapist, I will not use or disclose your PHI for marketing purposes.

  • As a psychotherapist, I will not sell your PHI.

When disclosure does not require your authorization:

Subject to certain limitations in the law, I can use and disclose your PHI without your Authorization for the following reasons:

  • When disclosure is required by state or federal law, and the use or disclosure complies with and is limited to the relevant requirements of such law.

  • For public health activities, including reporting suspected child, elder, or dependent adult abuse, or preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety.

  • For health oversight activities, including audits and investigations.

  • For judicial and administrative proceedings, including responding to a court or administrative order, although my preference is to obtain an Authorization from you before doing so.

  • For law enforcement purposes, including reporting crimes occurring on my premises.

  • To coroners or medical examiners, when such individuals are performing duties authorized by law.

  • For research purposes, including studying and comparing the mental health of patients who received one form of therapy versus those who received another form of therapy for the same condition.

  • Specialized government functions, including, ensuring the proper execution of military missions; protecting the President of the United States; conducting intelligence or counterintelligence operations; or, helping to ensure the safety of those working within or housed in correctional institutions.

  • For workers’ compensation purposes. Although my preference is to obtain an Authorization from you, I may provide your PHI in order to comply with workers’ compensation laws.

  • Appointment reminders and health related benefits or services. I may use and disclose your PHI to contact you to remind you that you have an appointment with me. I may also use and disclose your PHI to tell you about treatment alternatives, or other health care services or benefits that I offer.

Certain uses and disclosures requiring your objection:

I may provide your PHI to a family member, friend, or other person that you indicate is involved in your care or the payment for your health care, unless you object in whole or in part. The opportunity to consent may be obtained retroactively in emergency situations.

You have the following rights with respect to your phi:

The Right to Request Limits on Uses and Disclosures of Your PHI. You have the right to ask me not to use or disclose certain PHI for treatment, payment, or health care operations purposes. I am not required to agree to your request, and I may say “no” if I believe it would affect your health care.

  • The Right to Request Restrictions for Out-of-Pocket Expenses Paid for In Full. You have the right to request restrictions on disclosures of your PHI to health plans for payment or health care operations purposes if the PHI pertains solely to a health care item or a health care service that you have paid for out-of-pocket in full.

  • The Right to Choose How I Send PHI to You. You have the right to ask me to contact you in a specific way or to send mail to a different address, and I will agree to all reasonable requests.

  • The Right to See and Get Copies of Your PHI. Other than psychotherapy notes, you have the right to get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other information. I will provide you with a copy of your record, or a summary of it, if you agree to receive a summary, within 30 days of receiving your written request, and I may charge a reasonable fee for doing so.

  • The Right to Get a List of the Disclosures I Have Made. You have the right to request a list of instances in which I have disclosed your PHI for purposes other than treatment, payment, or health care operations, or for which you provided me with an Authorization. I will respond to your request for an accounting of disclosures within 60 days of receiving your request. This list will include disclosures made in the last six years unless you request a shorter time. I will provide the list to you at no charge, but if you make more than one request in the same year, I may charge you a reasonable fee for each additional request.

  • The Right to Correct or Update Your PHI. If you believe that there is a mistake in your PHI, or that a piece of important information is missing from your PHI, you have the right to request that I correct the existing information or add the missing information. I may say “no” to your request, but I will tell you why in writing within 60 days of receiving your request.

  • The Right to Get a Paper or Electronic Copy of this Notice. You have the right get a paper copy of this Notice and get a copy by e-mail. Even if you have agreed to receive this Notice via e-mail, you also have the right to request a paper copy of it.

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