In 1996 the United
States Congress passed a law called The Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act, or HIPPA. This law protects your privacy and
controls how your health information is accessed and disclosed. This
mean that information shared in counseling sessions cannot be released
to professors, other university offices, family members, friends,
or anyone without your written permission.
There are some
exceptions to confidentiality involving imminent risk of self-harm
or abuse of others.
Faculty and staff
can access counseling services through HMS Employee Assistance Program
(EAP) at 1 800-343-2186 or www.hmssincorp.com