Client confidentiality is a critical aspect of UT Counseling Services. We adhere to the federal guidelines that were promulgated jointly by the Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention (SAODAP) and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (DHEW) in 1975 regarding the confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records. While pertaining specifically to alcohol and drug abuse patient records, these guidelines have been adopted for all program clients.
Exceptions to the policy of nondisclosure are:
Client records are considered highly confidential information. Certain client data is coded and stored in a computerized database. Hard copies of client records are secured in locked file cabinets.
Supervisors who refer employees to the program because of work related problems and call our office before referring the employee are informed whether the employee made an appointment with our office and if he/she is following the treatment recommendations. Other information is communicated to the supervisor only upon written authorization from the employee.