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Privacy Policy

Client Rights and Responsibilities

Client Rights:

Client Responsibilities:

Confidentiality

South Shore Autism Center values your privacy and adheres to all federal and state regulations regarding the protection of your personal information. SSAC assigns a code to each child at the start of services, so that this code can be listed on data sheets and other documents that are not kept secure during service delivery. All paper files that contain personal identifying information, such as your child’s full name, date of birth, address, etc. are kept in locked cabinets at the center. All digital files that contain personal identifying information are password protected and only staff who need this information to deliver treatment, payment, and health care options (TPO) have access to those files. Any use of client information outside those purposes must be preceded by informed, written consent from the client or a parent/guardian.

In certain specific circumstances, and only in these circumstances, confidentiality may be breached without consent. These situations are as follows:

At all times, SSAC staff use and communicate only the amount of information necessary about a client. SSAC staff members avoid using identifying information to the maximum extent possible (e.g., always use client codes instead of names; avoid talking about clients in the presence of other clients and families; avoid talking about clients with persons outside the agency without written consent to share information).

During the initial intake evaluation as well as on an annual basis once services are ongoing, parents/guardians will be given consent forms to sign including a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) consent form. You can request a copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices at any time for additional information. If there was ever an accidental breach of confidentiality, you would be notified immediately by a member of our Administration. At that time, we would discuss with you steps we would take to remedy any breach of confidentiality and/or to prevent further issues.