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Notice of Privacy Practices

Protecting Privacy

McLaren Oakland complies with Federal Regulations (42 C.F.R., Part 2) regarding the Confidentiality of Substance Abuse Treatment.  These are designed to protect privacy rights and thereby attract individuals into treatment.  The regulations are more restrictive of communications than are those governing the doctor-client relationship or the attorney-client privilege. 

The Federal confidentiality law and regulations protect any information about a client if the client has applied for or received any alcohol- or drug abuse-related services -- including assessment, diagnosis, detoxification, counseling, group counseling, treatment, and referral for treatment -- from the McLaren Oakland Addiction Recovery Center. The restrictions on disclosure apply to any information that would identify the client as a substance abuser, either directly or by implication. The rule applies from the moment the client makes an appointment. It applies to all clients regardless of their legal status, involvement in the criminal justice system, or whether they are now former clients. Finally, the rule applies whether or not the person making the inquiry already has the information, has other ways of getting it, enjoys official status, is authorized by State law, or comes armed with a subpoena or search warrant. 

The only exceptions to this are when disclosure of confidential information is authorized by the client or if disclosure is required by law to protect another person (e.g., suspected child abuse or neglect). 

McLaren Oakland staff members are knowledgeable of the confidentiality regulations and can assist with any questions you may have.