Exemptions to Confidentiality» Ohio Codes currently* contain seven exemptions to privileged communication (confidentiality) that include:
» The communication indicates that a person is at risk for child or elder abuse/neglect, suicide, or homicide;
» The client gives expressed consent to the testimony;
» If the client is deceased, the surviving spouse or the executor or administrator of the estate of the deceased client gives express consent;
» The client voluntarily testifies, in which case the counselor may be compelled to testify on the same subject;
» The court in-camera determines that the information communicated by the client is not germane to the counselor-client relationship.
» A court, in an action brought against a school, its administration, or any of its personnel by the client rules after an in-camera inspection that the testimony of the school counselor is relevant to that action, and;
The testimony is sought in a civil action and concerns court-ordered treatment or services received by a patient as part of a case plan journalized under section 2151.412 [2151.41.2] of the Revised Code or the court-ordered treatment or services are necessary or relevant to dependency, neglect, or abuse or temporary or permanent custody proceedings under Chapter 2151 of the Revised Code.
PLEASE NOTE: *The Office of Career and Counseling Services will comply with Ohio Codes if additional exemptions are enacted.
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