Texas law protects the relationship between a client and a counselor, and information cannot be disclosed without your written permission.
In accord with the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 611, Mental Health Records, your therapist may be required to disclose confidential informaition only:
- to a government agency if the disclosure is required or authorized by law;
- to medical or law enforcement personnel if the therapist determines that there is a probability of imminent physical injury by the patient to the patient or others or there is a probability of immediate mental or emotional injury to the patient;
- to qualified personnel for management audits, financial audits, program evaluations, or research;
- to a person who has the written consent of the patient, or a parent if the patient is a minor, or to a guardian if the patient has been adjudicated as incompetent to manage the patient's personal affairs;
- to the patient's personal representative if the patient is deceased;
- to individuals, corporations, or governmental agencies involved in paying or collection fees for mental or emotional health services provided;
- to other professionals or personnel under your therapists' direction who participate in your diagnosis, evaluation, or treatment;
- to an agent of the professional who requires mental health care information to provide mental health care services or in complying with statutory, licensing, or accreditation requirements;
- to satisfy a request for medical records of a deceased or incompetent person.