TRPIL Community Services prides itself on protecting the privacy of its consumers and guarding what is learned about them as confidential.
- Confidentiality is the right the people we serve have to privacy. Employees must conform to the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended, (“HIPAA”). Confidentiality applies to information related to consumers, other employees, volunteers, and Board Members.
- Our consumers and associates entrust TRPIL with important personal information. The nature of the information and our relationship with the consumer requires maintenance of confidentiality. In safeguarding the information received, TRPIL earns the respect and trust of our consumers and associates.
- Direct Care Workers (DCWs) employed by TRPIL Community Services learn a great deal about consumer’s lives, their health, their family, and their financial resources. These employees must be aware that it is extremely important that none of this information is shared with others, such as other attendants, family, friends, or anyone else. This information is private and confidential. It is considered protected health information and is covered by HIPAA regulations.
- As TRPIL’s DCWs participate in group discussion, they are prohibited from mentioning any names, disclosing any specific information (such as a diagnosis), or any other details that would identify a specific person.
- Employees who improperly use or disclose confidential information will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment and legal action, even if they do not actually benefit from the disclosed information.