Participation in therapy with Psychiatric Services is confidential except in cases in which we may be ethically or legally bound to disclose certain information.

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Psychiatric Services will not disclose any information regarding your attendance or treatment to anyone outside of the center.  While you may choose to inform a friend, family member, or University department of your participation in psychiatric services, we will not confirm or deny that information unless you choose to sign a release of information form requesting that we notify that person or agency.  The records maintained by Psychiatric Services are confidential and are not part of your academic records in any way.

There are four areas in which Psychiatric Services may be bound by ethics or law to disclose certain information regarding treatment.  These areas include the following circumstances.

  • If abuse of a minor, the elderly, or a vulnerable adult is suspected, we are required to report this information in order to protect these individuals from harm.
  • If we believe that there is a clear and immediate probability of physical harm to the patient, other individuals, or society, we may be required to disclose information to take proactive action.
  • If a judge or court orders any information from your records your provider must comply with this request.
  • If a patient files a complaint or lawsuit, we may disclose relevant information regarding that patient in order to defend the case.

If you have questions regarding confidentiality, please call Psychiatric Services at (850) 474-2420 and ask to discuss your concerns/questions with a provider.