Trust is central to the therapeutic process. For counseling to be effective, clients
must trust that the information they share at CCS will be kept strictly confidential.
Any information disclosed during your contacts with CCS, or records maintained in
written and/or electronic form, will be kept strictly confidential as required by
State and Federal law, and by applicable ethical standards. Your written permission
is required before any information about your contacts with CCS is released to anyone outside of CCS. According
to current Illinois law, there are a few exceptions to the above rules of confidentiality
and disclosure. Counselors are required by state law to report any instance of suspected
child abuse to appropriate agencies. Counselors also have a duty to take action if
they conclude that a client intends to harm him/herself or another person. Finally,
if a client cites counseling records in any lawsuit, CCS may be required to release
information related to your lawsuit. In all cases, your counselor will make every
effort to resolve these issues with you before any action is taken.
As part of your mental health care, Counseling and Consultation Services originates
and maintains mental health records describing your mental health history, symptoms,
assessment results, diagnoses, treatment and any plans for future treatment. This
information serves as a basis for planning your care and treatment. To assure you
of the highest quality service, members of your treatment team may, at times, consult
among themselves regarding a particular situation or person.