Protecting your Confidentiality
How To: Make an Appointment
Call 951-827-5531 and ask to make an intake appointment or visit the Counseling Center
Your Patient Privacy is Legally Protected
All information gathered during the course of counseling can be released only with the student's written consent within the limits of the law.
Counseling is confidential
All information you share with us, whether it is information in our records about you, or even the fact that you have come to see us, cannot be shared with others outside the Counseling Center. In some circumstances your counselor may consult with other counselors at the Counseling Center or with providers in the Health Center for treatment purposes and in order to provide you with the best help available.
No one outside the Center may access your Counseling Center records without your prior written permission or as required by law. The law in the State of California mandates that information may be appropriately shared when the following conditions exist:
- 1. If you present an imminent threat of harm to yourself or others.
- 2. When there is an indication of abuse of a child, dependent adult or elderly adult.
- 3. If you become gravely disabled.
- 4. If information is required by a court subpoena or court order.
If you are referred for counseling as a condition of an agreement, for example with the Dean of Students or within your academic department, and want information communicated to them, including your attendance at the Counseling Center, you will have to sign an Authorization for Release of Information Form to have any information provided to the person who referred you.
Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA)
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of patient information, provide for electronic and physical security of health and patient medical information, and simplify billing and other electronic transactions by standardizing codes and procedures.
One part of this law is known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The HIPAA Privacy Rule created a minimum federal standard for the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI) by health care organizations. One of the requirements of the Privacy Rule is to give you a Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) which describes your rights and protections regarding your health care records. You will be asked to sign an Acknowledgement of receipt of the Notice of Privacy Practices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Beginning in 2003, HIPAA required all health care organizations to provide patients with the Notice of Privacy Practices that explains your rights regarding your private healthcare information. You have the right to:
- Inspect and request a copy of your psychological records
- Request an amendment or addendum to your psychological records
- An accounting of disclosures of your private health information
- Request restrictions to release of your psychological information
- Request confidential communications
Will the Counseling Center disclose my private counseling record for all of the reasons cited in the Notice of Privacy Practices?
Did You Know?
The Counseling Center does not provide academic advising. For academic counseling,
A Counselor On Duty is available at the Counseling Center weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30
All students who pay UCR registration fees are eligible for free Counseling Center
The Counseling Center serves as a national test center for the LSAT and PRAXIS.
Group therapy allows you to connect to others with similar concerns and to listen
to shared issues.
Couples Counseling is available for students and their partners or spouses.
The Counseling Center has designed an online guide to help faculty and staff respond
to distressed students.
The Counseling Center staff includes licensed psychologists, marriage and family counselors,
and pre-doctoral interns.
Counselors are available by phone 24 hours daily by dialing 951-827-5531 or 951-UCR-
You can take an online assessment right now to see how you're doing emotionally.
Everything you discuss with a UCR counselor is confidential unless it falls under
the legal exceptions.
Counselors are available for workshops and presentations, including weekly meditation