DeCoteau Trauma-Informed Care & Practice, PLLC does everything possible to assure your confidentiality. Your limits to confidentiality may be limited by law or regulations in some situations, such as:
- The person is a harm to him/herself or others;
- Disclosure of suspicion of child abuse or neglect previously unreported, or
- A court ordered request for records
- In the case of a minor child, we reserve the right to communicate with client or guardian;
- Older children, especially teens, will be allowed the same privacy as an adult; parents/guardians will be offered suggestions in enhancing their care.
- Cellular telephones and cordless telephones are UNSECURE. It is to be understood if you choose to communicate with us using a cellular or cordless telephone We are NOT RESPONSIBLE for any over heard conversation that occurs via electronic waves/transmission.
HIPAA - Protecting Patient Privacy:
In accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1988 (HIPAA); Decoteau Trauma-Informed Care and Practice ensures the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all the protected health information (PHI) it creates, receives, maintains or transmits. We care about our patient's privacy and strive to protect the confidentiality of your medical information at this practice. DeCoteau Trauma-Informed Care and Practice is required to abide by the terms of the Notice of Privacy practices currently in effect. This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. A full copy of this notice can be provided upon request. (Updated 6/19/2019)
ELECTRONIC / INTERNET PRIVACY
When accessing our Website, DeCoteau Trauma-Informed Care & Practice, PLLC will learn certain information about you during your visit.
Similar to other commercial Web sites, our Web site may at times utilize a standard technology called "cookies" (see explanation below, "What Are Cookies?") and Web server logs to collect information about how our Web site is used. Information gathered through cookies and Web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our Web site, and the Web sites visited just before and just after our Web site, your IP address.
What Are Cookies?
A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a Web site, that site's computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each Web site can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a Web site to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.
IP addresses are used by your computer every time you are connected to the Internet. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer. IP addresses are automatically collected by our web server as part of demographic and profile data known as "traffic data" so that data (such as the Web pages you request) can be sent to you.
If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses. We provide the same protections for these electronic communications that we employ in the maintenance of information received online, mail and telephone.
How Do We Use the Information That You Provide to Us?
Broadly speaking, we use personal information for purposes of administering our business activities, providing customer service and making available other items and services to our customers and prospective customers.
DeCoteau Trauma-Informed Care & Practice, PLLC will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us, nor will such information be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties without the approval of the user at the time of collection.
We may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, in other words, when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires it or for the protection of our legal rights.
A Special Note About Children
Children are not eligible to use our web site and services and we ask that minors (under the age of 13) do not submit any personal information to us. If you are a minor, you can use this site only in conjunction with permission and guidance from your parents or guardians.
How Do We Protect Your Information and Secure Information Transmissions?
Email IS NOT recognized as a secure medium of communication. For this reason, we request that you do not send private information to us by email. However, doing so is allowed, but at your own risk. Some of the information you may enter on our Web site may be transmitted securely via a secure medium known as Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL. Credit Card information is never transmitted via email.
DeCoteau Trauma-Informed Care & Practice, PLLC may use software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, DeCoteau Trauma-Informed Care & Practice, PLLC uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.
If you have any questions regarding this Policy, or your dealings with our web site, please contact us.
DeCoteau Trauma-Informed Care & Practice, PLLC
515 1/2 East Broadway Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501