The confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse records maintained by Peer Assistance Services, Inc., is protected by Federal laws and regulations. Generally, we may not say to a person outside the program that a client involved with Peer Assistance Services, Inc., attends the program or disclose any information identifying a client as an alcohol or drug abuser—unless: 1. You consent to the disclosure of information in writing; 2. The disclosure is ordered by a court; or as otherwise mandated by State and/or Federal law; 3. The disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to qualified personnel for research, audit, or program evaluation.

Violation of the Federal laws and regulations by any program is a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with federal regulations.

Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a client either at Peer Assistance Services, Inc., or against any person who works for Peer Assistance Services, Inc., or about any threat to commit a crime.

Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse, elder abuse, or neglect from being reported under State law to appropriate State or local authorities.

(See 42USC 290dd-3 and 42USC 290ee-3 for Federal laws and 42 CFR Part 2 for Federal regulations and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) 45 C.F.R. Pts. 160 & 164 and any applicable State of Colorado regulations.)