CAPS Confidentiality Policy
All contacts with a treatment provider 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 (with exceptions, see below).
- All CAPS records are separate from any and all academic or medical records.
- We require your written permission to release or share your information with anyone outside CAPS.
- We can't disclose to someone whether or not a student has utilized CAPS services without the student's permission.
When We Are Required to Release InformationAccording to Illinois law, there are five situations when we are required to release information without a student's permission:
- 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 a counselor determines that a student is at imminent risk of serious injury to themselves or their ability to care for themselves is seriously impaired, the counselor would take appropriate action to assure the student's safety. This might include disclosing certain information to third parties.
- If a counselor determines that there is a direct threat of serious harm to another person, the counselor would take appropriate action to assure their safety. This might include disclosing certain information to third parties.
- When we are ordered to do so by a court of law.
- When requested to do so by a student who has signed an appropriate release.