Why Talk To A Professional

Because your mental health deserves expert care. In a world where stress, anxiety, and life’s challenges can feel overwhelming, our team of experienced therapists is here to be your compass in the storm. Please don’t go through these struggles alone; let us help you find your way to calmer shores. Connect with us today, and together, we’ll work towards building a stronger and happier you.

Military Policy And Your Privacy

When you get mental health care, your provider will tell you that the Department of Defense follows privacy guidelines set by HIPAA and the Privacy Act. These rules protect your mental health records in most cases. But if your provider thinks your condition is a risk to you, others, or the mission, they have to share that information with the chain of command.

Military policy says providers can only share certain information and only in situations related to safety. The exact rules can differ among the different branches of the armed forces.

For example, in the Army, PHI policy states that information can only be shared when there’s an immediate threat of harm to yourself, others, or the mission, during inpatient hospitalization, when starting substance abuse treatment, and when enrolling in personnel reliability programs.

To avoid situations where they have to share, talk to your providers as soon as you have concerns. Ignoring symptoms can let them get worse. At first, a mental health issue may only affect you, but if it doesn’t get better, it can impact your ability to do your job.

If your commanders or supervisors notice behavior that seems to affect safety or job performance, they can request a command-directed behavioral health evaluation. This doesn’t have as much confidentiality as a self-initiated medical consultation.