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It is Milestone Addiction Counseling's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website. This Privacy Policy applies to https://milestoneaddictioncounseling.com (hereinafter, "us", "we", or "https://milestoneaddictioncounseling.com"). We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting personally identifiable information you may provide us through the Website. We have adopted this privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") to explain what information may be collected on our Website, how we use this information, and under what circumstances we may disclose the information to third parties. This Privacy Policy applies only to information we collect through the Website and does not apply to our collection of information from other sources.

This Privacy Policy, together with the Terms and conditions posted on our Website, set forth the general rules and policies governing your use of our Website. Depending on your activities when visiting our Website, you may be required to agree to additional terms and conditions.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Milestone Addiction Counseling collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Milestone Addiction Counseling's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Milestone Addiction Counseling's visitors use its website. From time to time, Milestone Addiction Counseling may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Milestone Addiction Counseling also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on https://milestoneaddictioncounseling.com blog posts. Milestone Addiction Counseling only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Milestone Addiction Counseling's websites choose to interact with Milestone Addiction Counseling in ways that require Milestone Addiction Counseling to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Milestone Addiction Counseling gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at https://milestoneaddictioncounseling.com to provide a username and email address.

Security

The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Advertisements

Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Milestone Addiction Counseling and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Links To External Sites

Our Service may contain links to external sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy and terms and conditions of every site you visit.

We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites, products or services.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Milestone Addiction Counseling discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Milestone Addiction Counseling's behalf or to provide services available at Milestone Addiction Counseling's website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Milestone Addiction Counseling's website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Milestone Addiction Counseling will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Milestone Addiction Counseling discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Milestone Addiction Counseling believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Milestone Addiction Counseling, third parties or the public at large.

If you are a registered user of https://milestoneaddictioncounseling.com and have supplied your email address, Milestone Addiction Counseling may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with Milestone Addiction Counseling and our products. We primarily use our blog to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Milestone Addiction Counseling takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Aggregated Statistics

Milestone Addiction Counseling may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its website. Milestone Addiction Counseling may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Milestone Addiction Counseling does not disclose your personally-identifying information.

Cookies

To enrich and perfect your online experience, Milestone Addiction Counseling uses "Cookies", similar technologies and services provided by others to display personalized content, appropriate advertising and store your preferences on your computer.

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Milestone Addiction Counseling uses cookies to help Milestone Addiction Counseling identify and track visitors, their usage of https://milestoneaddictioncounseling.com, and their website access preferences. Milestone Addiction Counseling visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Milestone Addiction Counseling's websites, with the drawback that certain features of Milestone Addiction Counseling's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

By continuing to navigate our website without changing your cookie settings, you hereby acknowledge and agree to Milestone Addiction Counseling's use of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Milestone Addiction Counseling, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Milestone Addiction Counseling goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Milestone Addiction Counseling may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Milestone Addiction Counseling may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Milestone Addiction Counseling's sole discretion. Milestone Addiction Counseling encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

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Privacy Policy

Effective date: June 06, 2019

Milestone Addiction Counseling ("us", "we", or "our") operates the https://milestoneaddictioncounseling.com website (the "Service").

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.

We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, accessible from https://milestoneaddictioncounseling.com

Information Collection And Use

We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you ("Personal Data"). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

  • Email address
  • First name and last name
  • Phone number
  • Address, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code, City
  • Cookies and Usage Data

Usage Data

We may also collect information how the Service is accessed and used ("Usage Data"). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

Tracking & Cookies Data

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and hold certain information.

Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Service.

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

Examples of Cookies we use:

  • Session Cookies. We use Session Cookies to operate our Service.
  • Preference Cookies. We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings.
  • Security Cookies. We use Security Cookies for security purposes.

Use of Data

Milestone Addiction Counseling uses the collected data for various purposes:

  • To provide and maintain the Service
  • To notify you about changes to our Service
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so
  • To provide customer care and support
  • To provide analysis or valuable information so that we can improve the Service
  • To monitor the usage of the Service
  • To detect, prevent and address technical issues

Transfer Of Data

Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

Milestone Addiction Counseling will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

Disclosure Of Data

Legal Requirements

Milestone Addiction Counseling may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  • To comply with a legal obligation
  • To protect and defend the rights or property of Milestone Addiction Counseling
  • To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
  • To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
  • To protect against legal liability

Security Of Data

The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Service Providers

We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service ("Service Providers"), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.

Analytics

We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service.

Links To Other Sites

Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Children's Privacy

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 ("Children").

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Changes To This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.

We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the "effective date" at the top of this Privacy Policy.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.




Confidentiality

We understand that your health care information, including counseling appointments, is personal. We are committed to maintaining the confidentiality of this information and providing you with information regarding our privacy practices. Information about your appointments at the Counseling Center is confidential and cannot be disclosed to others without your written consent. Any recorded information about your appointments at the Counseling Center will not be part of your academic record. The Counseling Center complies with state and federal laws regulating confidentiality as well as professional ethical codes. There are some exceptions to confidentiality, typically involving imminent risk of self-harm or abuse of others.

Uses and Disclosures for Treatment, Payment, and Health Care Operations

We may use or disclose your protected health information (PHI), for treatment, payment, and health care operations purposes without your consent under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). However Ohio law requires that you provide informed consent regarding the purposes of the services, limits to the services due to legal requirements, relevant costs, reasonable alternatives, your right to refuse or withdraw consent, and the time frame covered by the consent. We also ask for your consent to submit your information for payment purposes, which may include submission of claims to third party payors, for collection purposes, including providing claims information to the Ohio Department of Insurance for Prompt Pay purposes, and for other uses and disclosures as described on our Office and Financial Policies forms. To help clarify these terms, here are some definitions

  • “PHI” refers to information in your health record that could identify you
  • “Use” applies only to activities within our practice group such as sharing, employing, applying, utilizing, examining, and analyzing information that identifies you
  • Disclosure” applies to activities outside of our practice group, such as releasing, transferring, or providing access to information about you to other parties.
  • “We” “us” and “our” refers to Behavior Management Associates, Inc., including any one or all of its mental health professionals and administrative staff.

“Treatment, Payment and Health Care Operations”

  • Treatment is when we provide, coordinate or manage your health care and other services related to your health care. An example of treatment would be when we consult with another health care provider, such as your family physician or another mental health professional.
  • Payment is when we obtain reimbursement for your healthcare. Examples of payment are when we disclose your PHI to your health insurer to obtain reimbursement for your health care or to determine eligibility or coverage.
  • Health Care Operations are activities that relate to the performance and operation of our mental health practices. Examples of health care operations are quality assessment and improvement activities, business-related matters such as audits and administrative services, and case management and care coordination

Uses and Disclosures Requiring Authorization

We may use or disclose PHI for purposes outside of treatment, payment, and health care operations when your appropriate authorization is obtained. An “authorization” is a specialized form specifically allowing us to disclose information for purposes outside of treatment, payment and/or health care operations. We will also need to obtain an authorization before releasing your psychotherapy notes, except under certain limited circumstances. “Psychotherapy notes” are notes we have made about the conversation you have with a mental health professional during a private, group, joint, or family counseling session, which have been kept separate from the rest of your medical record. These notes are given a greater degree of protection than other PHI.

You may revoke all such authorizations (of PHI or psychotherapy notes) at any time, provided each revocation is in writing. You may not revoke an authorization to the extent that (1) we have relied on that authorization; or (2) 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

Uses and Disclosures with Neither Consent nor Authorization

We may use or disclose PHI without your consent or authorization in the following circumstances:

  • Child Abuse: If, in his or her professional capacity, with some limited exceptions, your mental health professional knows or suspects that a child under 18 years of age or a mentally retarded, developmentally disabled, or physically impaired child under 21 years of age has suffered or faces a threat of suffering any physical or mental wound, injury, disability, or condition of a nature that reasonably indicates abuse or neglect, then he or she is required by law to immediately report that knowledge or suspicion to the appropriate Ohio Children Services Agency, or a municipal or county peace officer in the county in which the child resides or in which the abuse or neglect is occurring or has occurred.
  • Elder and Domestic Abuse: If your mental health professional has reasonable cause to believe that an adult age sixty years of age or older who is handicapped by the infirmities of aging or who has a physical or mental impairment which prevents the person from providing for the person’s own care or protection, and who resides in an independent living arrangement, is being abused, neglected, or exploited, or is in a condition which is the result of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, then your mental health professional is required by law to immediately report such belief to the County Department of Job and Family Services. For Domestic Abuse, the law requires that your mental health professional note the knowledge or belief of the abuse and the basis for it in the patient’s or client’s records.
  • Abuse Involving a Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Person: If your mental health professional has reasonable cause to believe that a mentally retarded or developmentally disabled adult has suffered any wound, injury, disability, or condition of such a nature as to reasonably indicate abuse or neglect of that adult, your mental health professional must immediately make a report to a law enforcement agency or to the county board of mental retardation and developmental disability, or if the person is in a state facility, to the law enforcement agency or to the department of mental retardation and developmental disability.
  • Judicial or Administrative Proceedings: If you are involved in a court proceeding and a request is made for information about your evaluation, diagnosis and treatment and the records thereof, such information is privileged under state law and we will not release this information without written authorization from you or your personal or legally-appointed representative or a court order. The privilege does not apply when you are being evaluated for a third party or where the evaluation is court ordered. You will be informed in advance if this is the case.
  • Serious Threat to Health or Safety: If your mental health therapist believes that you pose a clear and substantial risk of imminent serious harm to yourself or another person, he or she may disclose your relevant confidential information to public authorities, the potential victim, other professionals, and/or your family in order to protect against such harm. If you, or a knowledgeable person, communicates to your mental health therapist an explicit threat of inflicting imminent and serious physical harm or causing the death of one or more clearly identifiable victims, and your therapist believes you have the intent and ability to carry out the threat, then he or she may take one or more of the following actions in a timely manner: 1) take steps to hospitalize you on an emergency basis, 2) establish and undertake a treatment plan calculated to eliminate the possibility that you will carry out the threat, and initiate arrangements for a second opinion risk assessment with another mental health professional, 3) communicate to a law enforcement agency and, if feasible, to the potential victim(s), or victim's parent or guardian if a minor, all of the following information: a) the nature of the threat, b) your identity, and c) the identity of the potential victim(s).
  • Worker’s Compensation: If you file a worker’s compensation claim, your mental health professional may be required to give your mental health information to relevant parties and officials, even without your authorization.

Patient’s Rights and Mental Health Therapist's Duties

Patient’s Rights:

  • Right to Request Restrictions – You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information about you. However, we are not required to agree to a restriction you request. This restriction on uses and disclosures may not include a limitation affecting our right to make a use or disclosure that is required by law or, when in good faith, to use or disclose to avert a serious threat to health or safety of a person or the public and such use or disclosure is made to a person or persons reasonably able to prevent or lessen the threat (including the target of the threat).
  • Right to Receive Confidential Communications by Alternative Means and at Alternative Locations – You have the right to request and receive confidential communications of PHI by alternative means and at alternative locations. For example, you may not want a family member to know that you are seeing a mental health therapist. Upon your request, we will send your bills to another address. Or, you may request that we not call you at home. Upon your request we will contact you at another phone number.
  • Right to Inspect and Copy – You have the right to inspect or obtain a copy (or both) of PHI and psychotherapy notes in our mental health and billing records used to make decisions about you for as long as the PHI is maintained in the record and the information has been collected for treatment purposes. There are some limited exceptions where you will not be permitted to inspect and copy records involving your PHI, but in those circumstances we will provide you with reasons for any denial of access and notify you of any appeal rights that you might have.
  • Right to Amend – If you have the right to inspect and copy your records, you have the right to request an amendment of PHI for as long as the PHI is maintained in the record. We may deny your request. On your request, we will discuss with you the details of the amendment process.
  • Right to an Accounting of Disclosures– You generally have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of PHI involving disclosure for other than treatment, payment or health care operations or pursuant to an authorization (as described in Section III of this Notice). On your request, we will discuss with you the details of the accounting process.
  • Right to a Paper Copy – You have the right to obtain a paper copy of the notice from us upon request, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically.

Our Duties:

  • We are required by law to maintain the privacy of PHI and to provide you with a notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI.
  • We reserve the right to change the privacy policies and practices described in this notice. Unless we provide you with a notice of such changes, however, we are required to abide by the terms currently in effect.
  • If we revise our Notice of Privacy Practices form, we will distribute to you copies of our New Notice as required by HIPAA.

​Complaints

Should you have questions or if you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you can file a complaint by contacting the Counseling Center at 222-222-2222 and requesting to speak with our Privacy Officer. The Counseling Center has policies that ensure all complaints are handled in a professional and ethical manner. More information about your confidentiality rights and the Counseling Center’s privacy policies can be found in our NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES, which students receive at their initial appointment.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us:

  • By email: developer@milestoneaddictioncounseling.com