MAP strictly adheres to rules of CONFIDENTIALITY, protecting the privacy of anyone who reaches out to us.
Procedurally, there are 3 events that Peer Contacts cannot keep confidential:
CONFIDENTIALITY CANNOT BE MAINTAINED IF :
- A person poses a clear and present danger to him or herself
- A person poses a clear and present danger to others
- He or she has committed, confessed to, or revealed details of a serious crime; and where reporting is required by law (e.g. child abuse, domestic violence, etc).
When any one of the above revelations is made to a Peer Contact, he or she must reveal this information to the appropriate authority.
Some important things to note:
- Peer Contacts do not take notes of any kind during or after a peer contact session.
- Contact with or the contents of a meeting with a Peer Contact cannot be revealed without a signed written release from the individual.
- The use of your Mental Health Benefits is CONFIDENTIAL and the Department is not advised of the use of any of these benefits.
Current federal and state Laws do not protect the confidentiality of an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) contact as it does for mental health professionals, lawyers, or clergy. MAP is actively involved with national EAP organizations to address this with legislation. Federal law protects all communication to an EAP (including MAP) concerning Substance Abuse. This communication is considered part of the treatment record history, which is protected by federal confidentiality laws.