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Privacy Statement

SUMMARY OF OUR PRIVACY NOTICE
Mental Health Association of Nassau County

Introduction:

The Mental Health Association is committed to following all applicable laws to  keep your medical information private and confidential.  All “protected health information” about your physical or mental health and the payment for such health care will be handled carefully.  The MHA will share protected health information with another provider, as necessary, to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations related to services rendered to you.  Generally, information is released to another organization only after you have been given an opportunity to provide consent.  There are several exceptions to the consent principle, which are listed in the full Privacy Notice.  The Full Privacy Notice is posted in each of our offices and will be given to you, should you request one.

Permitted Uses and Disclosures:

We can use or disclose your protected health information for purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations. 

  • Treatment means the provision, coordination or management of your health care, including consultations between health care providers.  We will generally ask you to sign a release before disclosing information.
  • Payment means the activities we undertake to obtain reimbursement for health care provided to you. (e.g. Medicaid billing)
  •  Health care operations means the support functions at the MHA, such as quality assurance, audits, and evaluations of staff who work with you.

Other Uses and Disclosures of Health Information:
We may contact you to make appointments

  • We may disclose protected health information to your family or friends if you identified them to be involved in your care.  We may notify family or friends, even if not identified by you, in the event of death or serious condition meriting involvement.  This will be done only if we find it to be in your best interests.
  • When permitted by law, we may coordinated our uses and disclosures with public or private entities to assist in disaster relief.
  • We may contact you or your relatives as part of our efforts to market our services as permitted by law.  We may also contact you or your family to make the agency’s fundraising activities known to you.  Your name will not be given to other organizations for fundraising purposes.  We may participate in research efforts, under strict guidelines to maintain confidentiality and privacy.
  • Information may be disclosed in response to a court order, a subpoena or other legal process.  Likewise, we are required to provide protected health information in matters of national security, protective services for the President and Others and certain law enforcement matters.

Your Rights:

  • You have the right to request restrictions on our disclosures and uses of health information.  However, we are not required to agree to your request.  To request a restriction, you must make a request in writing to: Privacy Officer, Mental Health Association, 16 Main St., Hempstead, NY  11550.
  • You have the right to inspect and receive a copy of protected health information contained in your health record, with a few exceptions:
    - psychotherapy notes
    - information compiled in anticipation of a civil, criminal, or administrative action
    - information that might jeopardize the health and safety of  you or of another person
  • You have the right to request an amendment to the health record, but we have the right to deny your request for an amendment, if we determine that the request does not comply with stated regulations for amendment. (See the Full Privacy Notice). In that event, you may request that a statement be added to the record. It may not replace anything that is in the record but may state your opinion or thoughts regarding the record or entry.
  • You have the right to request an accounting of disclosures of protected health information made by us except for disclosures for treatment, payment or health care operations and for certain stated exceptions (See Full Privacy Notice).

Contact Person:

Should you wish to receive a copy of the full Privacy Notice, speak with the Program Director at the site in which you participate or contact:  

Anne Marie PhillipsPrivacy Officer
Mental Health Association
16 Main St.
Hempstead, NY  11550
516-489-2322