Confidentiality of our services is very important to us. The therapeutic relationship and what is discussed by a therapist and client are considered private. Your Center for Mental Health Care and Resources records are protected by federal and state laws, and by professional standards and ethics. Clinical records are completely separate from educational records and cannot be accessed by parents, faculty, staff, administrators or others without your written permission or court order. Clients and client information may be discussed by staff within the center for treatment, administrative, supervisory, and training purposes. Please note, there are some situations when all mental health professionals are legally mandated to break confidentiality.
Release of information outside of the Georgia Tech Center for Mental Health Care and Resources requires your written permission with the following EXCEPTIONS:
- You are considered at immediate risk for harming yourself
- You are considered at immediate risk for harming others
- Previous or current child abuse
- Abuse of elderly persons or persons with disabilities
- A court order
We may be required to disclose your health information to authorized federal officials who are conducting national security and intelligence activities or providing protective services to important officials. By law, we may be restricted from disclosing to you that information was disclosed to the government (e.g., Patriot Act).
A note about Email
Email is not an appropriate medium for engaging in personal counseling and relaying other private information. Thus, email cannot be used to initiate therapeutic conversations. Unfortunately, email is not always confidential and cannot be guaranteed to be an effective or timely means of communication. The Center for Mental Health Care and Resources does not communicate confidential information by e-mail. Email is only used for scheduling purposes. If you are in an urgent situation, it is always best to call the Center (404) 894-2575 for assistance. In an emergency, call 911.