SUMMARY OF PRIVACY NOTICE

Arc of Seneca Cayuga is committed to preserving the privacy of the personal health information (PHI) of every individual who receives our services.

The persons we serve have important rights that relate to inspecting and copying the medical information we maintain. They can amend or correct PHI; receive an accounting of our disclosures of PHI; request confidential communication regarding PHI; ask that we restrict certain uses or disclosures of PHI; and pursue a complaint if it appears we have violated their privacy rights.

The complete notice or a summary notice can be downloaded at the links below.

Our Notice of Privacy Practices fully explains the rights of the persons we serve and our obligations under the law. Although we may revise our Notice from time to time, any revision will apply to all records that we have created or maintained in the past, and to any records that we may create or maintain in the future.

The federal HIPAA Privacy Notice does not change the way persons receive services from Arc of Seneca Cayuga, or the privacy rights protected under NYS Mental Hygiene Law. It adds some details about how persons can exercise their rights.

For questions, concerns, or complaints about PHI-related matters, please contact:
Denise Vreeland at 315-612-0136

 

Jonathan's Law

Under Jonathan's Law, parents and legal guardians (qualified persons) must be informed of all incidents involving their loved one with a disability within 24 hours of the initial report. Incident is defined as "an accident or injury that affects the health or safety" of an individual receiving services.

After the 24 hour notification is made, the Director of the facility must offer to hold a meeting with the qualified person(s) within 3 days, to discuss the incident.

Within 10 days, the Director of the facility shall provide the qualified person(s) with a written report on the actions taken to address the incident.

Schools, facilities, and all investigative agencies are required to release records and documents pertaining to all allegations and investigations into abuse, neglect, or mistreatment occurring at a school or facility, upon the written request of a qualified person(s), within 21 days. Only names and identifying information of employees and other persons receiving services may be redacted.

Jonathan's Law created new Mental Hygiene Law sections 33.23 and 33.25. Jonathan's Law applies to all facilities operated or certified by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the Office of Mental Health (OMH), and the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).