800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 293031-864-503-5000
Use of services and
personal information shared by a client with his or her counselor is
confidential in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act (HIPAA), South Carolina Code of Laws, and professional ethics codes. No
information is released to parties, outside of Counseling Services for purposes
of care, without a client’s written permission. Under these
provisions, University administrators, faculty, family members, law enforcement
officials, potential employers and others have no access to any of our
clients’ records without the client’s written permission.
Please note that the following exceptions to
In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
(HIPAA) was endorsed by the U.S. Congress as a result of the American public's
concern about how patient health information was stored, accessed, disclosed
and shared. The HIPAA Privacy Rule provided the first nationally-recognized and
enforced set of regulations concerning the use and disclosure of what is commonly
called “protected health information.”
HIPAA requires all healthcare professionals and those with
access to patient data to operate within strict standards to safeguard
protected health information. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
enforces HIPAA law and imposes penalties on institutions that do not make
good-faith efforts to ensure the privacy and security of protected health
Counseling Services operates in strict adherence to HIPAA laws
and regulations. HIPAA requirements are incorporated into policies and
procedures department-wide, and are a vital, required component of new employee
and annual staff refresher training.
Counseling Services’ Notice of Privacy Practices form details
the organization’s maintenance of medical information as required by law, and
use and disclosure of that information to the extent necessary to provide high
Included in the Notice of Privacy Practices is detailed
information about how patients can:
The Notice of Privacy
Practices is available to download. In addition to the
electronic version, a hard copy of this notice is available upon request
to students in the Counseling Services lobby. It is also posted in a common
area of the Counseling Services lobby.
If you wish to report
a privacy concern, please email the Privacy Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.
Office HoursSpartanburg (main campus)Monday - Friday8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Counseling ResourcesMission StatementConfidentiality AgreementMeet Our Staff
Graduate Student InternshipNotice of Privacy PracticesAuthorization for Disclosure Form
WorkshopsEducational WorkshopsRequest a Workshop
Additional InformationRecognizing Emotional DistressOff-Campus Resource GuideStudent Affairs Incident Report Form
USC UpstateCounseling Services800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 29303
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