NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
We are required by federal and state law to provide you with this Notice about your rights and our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your protected health information. We must follow the terms of this Notice while it is in effect. Some of the uses and disclosures described in this Notice may be limited in certain cases by applicable state laws that are more stringent than the federal standards. These provisions will remain effective even if you are not a client in the Program, to the extent we retain information about you.
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW
PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU
MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW
YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
This Notice informs you about the ways in which the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program (SCYAP) (referred to as "we” or “the Program”) may collect, use and disclose your protected health information. This Notice also tells you of your rights concerning your protected health information. "Protected health information" is information about you, including demographic information, that can reasonably be used to identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health condition, the provision of health care to you or the payment for that care.
HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
We may use and disclose your protected health information for different purposes. The law permits the Program to use or disclose your protected health information as follows:
To you or your legal representative;
For treatment, payment or health care operations. We may use and disclose your information in order to perform treatment plan activities, quality improvement activities or administrative activities. This information may be used to assist your health care providers – therapists, counselors, social workers, doctors, nurses and others – in your diagnosis and treatment. We may also use or disclose your information in order to receive payment and/or reimbursement for the services we have provided to you. Health care operations means conducting quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of health care professionals, evaluating performance, training programs, accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing activities, conducting or arranging for medical review, legal services and auditing functions, business planning and development, and business management and general administrative activities;
Incident to a use or disclosure otherwise permitted or required by federal, state or local law, provided that only the minimum necessary information to accomplish the intended purpose of the use, disclosure or request is disclosed. We will disclose information about you when required to do so by law, but we will only disclose enough information so that the purpose of the law is accomplished;
To avert a serious threat to your health or safety or the health and safety of the public or another person. Any such disclosure, however, would only be to someone able to help prevent the threat;
To prevent public health risks, including child abuse or neglect. We may disclose information for public health activities, generally including, the pr