All contacts with a therapist at CAPS are covered by the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act. This means that:
- Any information disclosed during your contact with CAPS will be kept strictly confidential as required by this Act, and by applicable ethical standards.
- All CAPS records are separate from any and all academic or medical records.
- Written permission is required before any information about your contact with CAPS is released to anyone outside CAPS.
- If a roommate, friend, parent, professor, etc., calls us, we cannot acknowledge that we know someone.
- If asked to release information to someone else, we cannot do so without written permission.
When We are Required to Release Information
According to the Act, there are three situations when we are required to release information:
- If a minor child or elder is at risk of being abused or neglected, a therapist would be required to report that information to the appropriate agency to assure the safety of the child or elder.
- If someone presents an imminent risk of serious injury to themselves or are unable to care for themselves. In this case, the therapist would take action to assure safety.
- If there is a direct threat of serious harm to another person.