Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Terms Of Use

By using this site, you signify that you agree with and accept all terms, conditions in this Disclaimer for this site accessed through the domain addresses www.blaircounselingandmediation.com and www.blaircounseling.com, or social media sites and/or any other direct or third party links. If you do not agree, please do not use the site. Please do not use messaging on social networking sites to contact Blair Counseling and Mediation or its employees. These sites are not secure and messages may not be read. Engaging on social networking sites could compromise your confidentiality.

No counseling or psychotherapy advice: 
The website does not provide specific psychotherapy advice. The site is intended only for use by consumers in search of general information of interest pertaining to marriage, relationships, counseling and related topics. Content is not intended to replace or serve as substitute for professional consultation or service. Observations and opinions on the website should not be misconstrued as specific advice.

No counselor-client relationship:
Use of this website does not constitute the establishment of a counselor-client relationship between any and all counselors employed by Blair Counseling and Mediation and a user and does not obligate Dan Blair or any employee to follow-up, contact, or accept as a patient any users of this Web site. If you are seeking advice, you should base any and all decisions on the judgment and advice of your personal counselor or physician who has evaluated you face-to-face.

Limitations of content:
The content of this website is general in nature and not intended or sufficient to dictate what constitutes reasonable, appropriate, or best care in a given situation. Site content does not presume to present an all-inclusive factual discussion of any topic but rather only introductory overviews based on opinions which are subject to limitation and to change at any time. Other counselors and psychotherapists may have differing opinions or use other methods of care that when properly applied achieve similar results.

There is no guarantee that this website will be error-free or omission-free.
This site may include contributions with technical inaccuracies, errors, or typographical errors that will be corrected as discovered. While website content is updated periodically at Dan Blair’s sole discretion in an attempt to keep current information available, that does not guarantee that articles, resources and information will to be up to date with respect to the latest therapeutic information, research or specific practices in marriage or relationship counseling or other topics. Dan Blair reserves the right to update or change information contained in this Web site at any time.

Liability:
All content is provided “as is” and “as available” without warranties of any kind, express or implied, including accuracy, timeliness, and completeness. In no event shall Dan Blair or his agents or employees be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, punitive, consequential or other damages whatsoever (including, but not limited to, liability for loss of use, data, or profits, or for personal injury of any sort), that may arise through decision or action of the user — without regard to the form of any action, including but not limited to contract, negligence or other tortious actions, arising out of or in connection with this website, any content on or accessed by use of the website, or any copying, display or other use hereof.

Indemnity:
You agree to hold Dan Blair, LMFT, LCPC and any employees or agents, harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of this Terms of Use.

Not for use by counselors as training:
The website is not intended nor of sufficient detail to teach other counselors about marriage or relationship therapy.

Not for use by attorneys:
Use of the website by attorneys is strictly prohibited. The website is not intended for use in legal proceedings of any sort or to help establish a medico-legal standard of care. Contents of the Site should not be deemed sufficient in detail, accuracy, or timeliness to be cited as legal evidence either for or against the opinions, decisions, or actions of any counselor, psychotherapist, or physician, including employees of Blair Counseling and Mediation.

Online Contact via Email:
Online contact via email is provided as a convenience. Forms are processed through a secure server to protect sensitive information. If you choose to use such forms, you ultimately assume all responsibility and liability for any breach of confidentiality, inappropriate disclosure of sensitive information, or loss of electronic data during and after transit over the Internet and any replies from Dan Blair, his employees or agents. There is no guarantee of response. Any reply to correspondence is intended to provide general information only.

Jurisdiction: These Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States of America, and, more particularly, the laws of the State of Illinois. You expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute with Dan Blair, or in any way relating to your use of the Site, resides in the state and federal courts of McHenry County, Illinois.

Subject to change: This Terms of Use is subject to change without prior notice. Continued use of the Site signifies your full acceptance of the then-current Terms of Use.

Complete agreement: If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction as described in these Terms of Use, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect.

If any of the above is not acceptable in full or if you do not fully understand any part of the foregoing Terms of Use, the use of this Site must be terminated immediately and all content disregarded.

Privacy Policy

E-Mail/Comments from Website: The e-mail form is processed through a secure server and requires your e-mail address for me to be able to respond. Your email to me usually remains on your computer or mobile device, or the one that you use, and confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Dan Blair or his employees cannot guarantee a response back to you and cannot guarantee confidentiality of any response because it is your responsibility to safeguard any sensitive information to and from our office. If you use a computer at your place of employment, be aware that many employers monitor e-mail and can access your information from that computer.

Comments on the Blog:
Any comments you make on the blogs are public and all confidentiality is waived by placing your comments there. I am not responsible for any adverse effects that your comments might have on you personally, on your employment, your relationships or in any other way.

THIS NOTICE PROVIDES YOU WITH INFORMATION ABOUT HOW YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION (PHI) MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED BY THIS PROVIDER, AS WELL AS YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR PHI. YOUR PHI INCLUDES INFORMATION WHICH RELATES TO YOUR PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE HEALTH, TREATMENT OR PAYMENT FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES.

1. LEGAL DUTY TO SAFEGUARD YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION (PHI).

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) requires me to:

Keep your medical information private.
Give you this notice describing my legal duties, privacy practices and your rights regarding your medical information.
Follow the terms of the current notice.

I have the right to: Change my privacy practices and terms of this notice at any time, provided that the changes are permitted by law.
Notice of Change to Privacy Practices: Before an important change is made in my privacy practices, I will change this notice and make the new notice available upon request.

2. USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PHI

The following section describes different ways that your PHI may be used or disclosed. For some of these uses or disclosures, I will need your prior authorization; for others, I do not. I will not disclose your PHI for any purpose not listed below without your specific written authorization. If you choose to sign an authorization to disclose your PHI, you can later revoke such authorization in writing to stop any future uses and disclosures (to the extent that I haven’t taken any action in reliance on such authorization).
Uses and Disclosures Relating to Treatment, Payment or Health Care Operations Do Not Require Your Prior Written Consent. I can use and disclose your PHI without your consent for the following reasons:

FOR TREATMENT: I may disclose your PHI to other licensed health care providers who provide you with health care services or are involved in your care. For example, if you’re being treated by a psychiatrist. I may disclose your PHI to your psychiatrist in order to coordinate your care.
FOR PAYMENT: I can use and disclose your PHI to bill and collect payment for the treatment and services provided by me to you. I may also provide PHI to my business associates, such as my billing company, Comprehensive Billing Services, and others that process my health care claims.
FOR HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS: I may use and disclose your PHI to operate my practice.

ADDITIONAL USES AND DISCLOSURES that do not require consent:
When disclosure is required by federal, state or local law, judicial or administrative proceedings or law enforcement. For example, I may make a disclosure to applicable officials when a law requires me to report information to government agencies and law enforcement personnel about victims of abuse or neglect; or when ordered in a judicial or administrative proceeding.

For public health activities. As required by law, I may disclose your PHI to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing, controlling or responding to disease, injury, disability and/or death including child abuse and neglect.
For health oversight activities. For example, I may have to report information to assist the government when it conducts an investigation or inspection of a health provider or organization.
To avoid harm.
To prevent a serious threat to your own health or safety or the health or safety of others.
For workers’ compensation purpose. I may provide PHI in order to comply with workers’ compensation laws.
Appointment reminders and health related benefits or services. I may use PHI to provide appointment reminders or give you information about treatment alternatives, or other health care services or benefits I offer.

3. YOUR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR PHI

The Right to Choose How I Send PHI to You. You have the right to ask that I send information to you at an alternate address or by alternate means (for example, e-mail instead of regular mail). I will agree to your request so long as it is reasonable for me to do so.
The Right to See and Get Copies of Your PHI. In most cases you have the right to get copies of your PHI, but you must make the request in writing. However, certain types of PHI will not be made available for inspection and copying. This includes psychotherapy notes or PHI collected in connection with a legal proceeding. I will respond to you within 10 days of receiving your written request. In certain situations, I may deny your request. If I do, I will tell you, in writing, my reasons for the denial and explain your right to have my denial reviewed. Instead of providing the PHI you requested, I may provide you with a summary or explanation of the PHI as long as you agree to that and to the cost in advance.
The Right to Get a List of the Disclosures I have Made. You have the right to get a list of instances in which I have disclosed your PHI. The list will not include uses or disclosures that you have already consented to such as those named for treatment, payment, or health care operations directly to you, or to your family. The list also won’t include uses and disclosures made for national security purposes, to corrections or law enforcement personnel or disclosures made before June 1, 2008.
The right to ask that I limit how I use and disclose your PHI. I will consider your request, but I am not legally required to accept it. If I accept your request, I will put any limits in writing and abide by them except in emergency situations. You may not limit the uses and disclosures that I am ” legally” required or allowed to make.
The Right to Correct or Update Your PHI. If you believe that there is a mistake in your PHI or that a piece of important information is missing, you have the right to request that I correct the existing information or add the missing information. You must provide the request and your reason for the request in writing. I will respond within 30 days of receiving your request to correct or update your PHI. I may deny your request in writing if the PHI is (a) Correct and complete, (b) not created by me, (c) not allowed to be disclosed, and/or (d) not a part of my records. My written denial will state the reasons for the denial and explain your right to file a written statement of disagreement with the denial. If you don’t file one, you have the right to request that your request and my denial be attached to all future disclosures of your PHI. If I approve your request, I will make the change to your PHI, tell you that I have done it and tell others that need to know about the change to your PHI.

4. PERSON TO CONTACT FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS NOTICE OR TO COMPLAIN ABOUT MY PRIVACY PRACTICES.

If you have any questions about this notice or any complaints about my privacy practices or would like to know how to file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services please contact your provider, Blair Counseling & Mediation. There will not be any retaliation for filing a complaint.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS NOTICE. This notice went into effect on May 1, 2018.