Mattie Rhodes Center is concerned about your privacy and your rights. Our staff does their best to protect your private health information. When your client file is not being used by your therapist or service coordinator it will be kept in a secure filing cabinet in the clinical records room. Some information will be kept in a computer database which can only be used by Mattie Rhodes Center employees. You have a right to know what information is kept in your file or in the database and to control how this information is used.
The United States government has passed a law to make sure agencies like Mattie Rhodes Center protect your private health information. The law is called HIPAA, which stands for the “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.” As part of HIPAA, Mattie Rhodes Center is required to give you a Notice of Privacy Practices that explains how the agency will use your private health information. We are required to follow the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices. You may ask for a copy of the current Notice of Privacy Practices at any time. The notice is posted at each agency location.
There are some laws that require Mattie Rhodes Center to share your private health information even without your permission. The Notice of Privacy Practices describes the circumstances under which we can use your information without your permission. If we do share information without your permission, we will let you know. Otherwise, we will ask for your permission before we release any private information.
Mattie Rhodes Center staff will NOT ask about the immigration status of you or your children, but you are welcome to share this information if needed. We will continue to see you or your family member for services without legal documentation and will not share this information with authorities.
Each person engaging in services at Mattie Rhodes Center is assured the following rights and privileges without limitation or restriction. No person shall be denied admission or services because of race, color, creed, marital status, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age or sexual orientation.