Notice of Privacy Practices at MHA - HIPAA
The mission of MHA is to promote mental health recovery and wellness in Westchester County through advocacy, community education and direct services. We are committed to ensuring that all individuals who receive services at MHA are treated with respect and that we comply with regulations regarding confidentiality and privacy of protected health information. If you have any questions or issues regarding our privacy practices, please contact MHA’s Privacy Officer, Ruth Nirenberg, Psy.D. at 914-345-5900 extension 7506.
Protected Health Information (PHI)
The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) has several provisions, including protection of individuals’ health care information. The HIPAA Privacy rule protects individuals’ health information from inappropriate use or disclosure. It does so by prohibiting health care providers and others from sharing protected health information with other businesses or organizations, except with signed authorization or if needed for the purpose of treatment, payment or health care operations.
Protected Health Information (PHI) refers to individually identifiable information relating to the past, present or future physical or mental health condition of an individual, the provision of health care to an individual, or the past, present or future payment for health care provided to an individual.
Under HIPAA, MHA, like other provider organizations, is required to maintain the privacy of medical information of people to whom it provides services. Individuals who receive services at MHA receive a written notice of our privacy practices and legal responsibilities. HIPAA addresses, among other topics, the protection of medical records, health care claims and payments, benefit enrollments and dis-enrollments, and other individually identifiable health information held or disclosed by health plans, health care clearing houses and health care providers that transmit PHI electronically.
HIPAA’s Privacy Rule establishes basic rights for consumers, including:
• the right to receive a Notice of Privacy Practice from providers and health plans
• the right to examine and obtain a copy of their own health record and request amendment or correction of protected health information that is inaccurate or incomplete
• the right to receive an accounting of the instances where their protected health information was disclosed for purposes other than treatment, payment or health care operations, or if signed patient consent was required in order to make the disclosure.
If you are concerned that we may have violated your privacy rights, or you disagree with a decision we made about access to your protected health information or in response to a request you made to amend or restrict the use or disclosure of your protected health information or to have us communicate with you in confidence by alternative means or at an alternative location, you may contact us. If you would like to file a complaint, please contact MHA's Privacy Officer, Ruth Nirenberg, Psy.D. at 914-345-5900 extension 7506.
If you feel that your complaint has not been sufficiently resolved, you may also contact:
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jacob Javits Federal Building
26 Federal Plaza, Suite 3312
New York, New York 10278
If you have any questions or concerns about your privacy rights at MHA, please contact:
Ruth Nirenberg, Psy.D., Privacy Officer
MHA of Westchester
580 White Plains Road, Suite 510
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Phone 914-345-5900, extension 7506
Fax (914) 347-2367
For further information please visit the New York State Office of Mental Health web site, from which information on this page has been adapted. Relevant pages include: