I, the undersigned, do voluntarily consent to psychiatric/behavioral health assessment and/or treatment for myself.
By signing below, I authorize Dominion Behavioral Healthcare to provide psychiatric and/or behavioral health assessment and exams, treatment, and/or diagnostic procedures which now, or during the course of my treatment, become advisable. I understand that the purpose, potential risks and benefits, and alternatives to any treatment, as well as the risks of not having treatment, will be explained to me upon my request, and that I can always decline treatment.
I understand that while my treatment will be designed to help me, there is no guarantee of a successful outcome.
Psychotherapy involves risks, such as but not limited to, the development or worsening of emotions such as anxiety, sadness and anger. I understand that this is a normal response to working through life experiences and that these reactions should be discussed with my therapist or physician.
Treatment with Medication also has certain risks, varying with the type of medication prescribed, which will be explained to me. I know that taking a medication of any kind always carries the risk of a potentially fatal allergic reaction. I understand that it is my responsibility to make my physician aware of any health conditions that I have or that develop over the course of treatment, and to make my physician aware of any other medications, including over-the-counter medications or herbal supplements that I am taking. I also understand that discontinuation of medication should be discussed in advance with my physician.
I understand that it is my responsibility to inform my physician or therapist if I feel worse in response to any treatment provided, including but not limited to, the development or worsening of suicidal ideation, depression, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, irritability or mania, especially if these reactions are new, severe, or abrupt in onset.
I understand that as part of my mental health care, Dominion Behavioral Healthcare originated and will maintain paper and/or electronic records describing treatment, testing results and forms, correspondence and insurance information. Except when required by law, this information cannot be disclosed without my written consent. I may revoke any authorization for disclosure at any time except if the authorization was obtained as a condition of obtaining insurance coverage, and the law provides the insurer the right to contest the claim under the policy.
I further understand that I may request a complete copy of Dominion Behavioral Healthcare’s Privacy Practices at any time.
I understand that my treating clinician is required by law to maintain privacy of my mental health record and to provide me with notice of their legal duties and privacy practices with respect to my mental health record. The treating clinician has the right to change those privacy policies and practices with notification to you in writing.
I understand that at no time, am I permitted to record video and/or audio of my sessions with my treating clinician.
I understand that I have the right to disagree with decision made and I can make a formal complaint to a Dominion Behavioral Healthcare Privacy Officer at (804) 270-1124. A written complaint can be made to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
I understand that this notice is in effect beginning January 1, 2018. If there are any changes to this notice while I am still in treatment at DBH then I will be notified in person and writing about such changes.
I acknowledge that I have been notified of the HIPAA policy and may request a complete written copy at any time.