and Privacy Notice
The Human Services, Inc. website is for informational
purposes only and is not meant to serve as medical or clinical
advice or to replace consultation with your physician or mental
health professional or case manager.
Use of the HSI website constitutes an agreement
by the users not to hold HSI or any of its officers, employees
or volunteers liable or responsible for information posted on it. Changes or updates
will be made periodically to information on this site. As part
of this process this website may occasionally include technical inaccuracies
or typographical errors.
use of this website acknowledges that the information on the Website
is provided "as is" for general information only.
It is not intended as medical advice, and should not be relied upon
as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals
who are familiar with your individual medical or mental health needs.
There is no direct access to mental health, chemical health
or resources for eldercare services through this website.
If you or a member of your family needs to obtain services, please
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recommendation or favoring by HSI. HSI assumes no responsibility
for consequences resulting from use of information obtained at linked
sites. HSI is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims
all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference
to, reliance on, or performance of such information.
of Privacy Practices
NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW PROTECTED MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY
BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GAIN ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Date: April 14, 2003
If you have
any concerns or questions about this notice, please contact the
Privacy Officer for Human Services, Inc.:
Kathy Korich at 651-777-5222.
pledge to you:
Services, Inc. must collect information about you in order to provide
you the services you need. The information we collect about your
mental and physical health issues is considered "private," and is
protected by state and federal laws. We refer to this information
as "Protected Health Information" or "PHI." We not only follow
all state and federal laws protecting your PHI, we also attempt
to limit and protect any disclosure of information about you to
the minimum necessary to do our jobs. We further expect all of
our departments, employees, volunteers and business partners to
respect your privacy and abide by the same laws.
Services, Inc. creates a record of your care in order to
supply you with quality care and to document our services for legal
and billing purposes. This notice informs you of the ways that
we may use this information-to whom and how we may disclose it,
and also what rights you have about your PHI and what obligations
we have regarding our use and disclosures of your PHI.
USES AND DISCLOSURES
Services, Inc. is permitted to make uses and disclosures
of protected health information for treatment, payment and health
care operations, as described in the following examples:
For treatment -A doctor or nurse you are seeing may need to consult
with your psychologist or social worker to provide the most effective
For payment - Our billing department needs to provide information
to your health insurance company so we can receive payment for our
For health care operations -We may use information in your record
to review the quality of our care and evaluate the performance of
Human Services, Inc. is permitted or required,
under specific circumstances, to use or disclose protected health
information without your written authorization. For example, we
are obligated by law to report suspected abuse of a child or a vulnerable
adult. We are required to supply information about the care clients
receive at Human Services, Inc. to agencies that
regulate and license our agency.
Other uses and disclosures will be made only with your written authorization,
and you may revoke such authorization.
Human Services, Inc. may contact you to provide
appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives
or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest
You have the following rights regarding protected health information:
The right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures
of protected health information. Human Services, Inc. is
not required to agree to a requested restriction, however.
The right to receive confidential communications of protected health
information, for example, to receive phone calls and written communication
at specified addresses and phone numbers.
The right to inspect and copy protected health information, as provided
in the Privacy Regulation.
The right to amend protected health information, as provided in
the Privacy Regulation.
The right to receive an accounting of disclosures of protected health
Human Services, Inc. is required by law to maintain
the privacy of protected health information and to provide individuals
with notice of its legal duties and Privacy practices with respect
to protected health information.
Human Services, Inc. is required to abide by the
terms of the Notice currently in effect.
Human Services, Inc. reserves the right to change
the terms of this Notice. The new Notice provisions will be effective
for all protected health information that it maintains.
Human Services, Inc. will provide individuals or
patients with a revised Notice by mail or in person.
Individuals may file a complaint to Human Services, Inc.
and to the Secretary of the Department of Health
and Human Services, without fear of retaliation by the
organization, if they believe their privacy rights have been violated.
Complaints may be made in person to any Human Services,
Inc. support or professional staff member who will forward
the complaint to the appointed Privacy Officer. You may file a
complaint directly with the Privacy Officer in person, by telephone,
or in writing. Please remember to include details of the exact
nature of your complaint, the names of any staff persons involved,
your name and a daytime phone number where you may be reached.
Human Services, Inc.'s Privacy Officer and contact
person for matters relating to complaints is:
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