Catulpa Community Support Services recognizes the right to privacy, accuracy and the security of personal health information collected from the people it serves, or from those acting on their behalf. Our privacy practices are based on the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information and the Personal Health Information Protection Act(PHIPA), the standard by which personal and health information is protected.
This privacy statement includes:
- The type of personal information collected by Catulpa;
- Giving and types of consent;
- Management of the personal information collected;
- Procedure for changes/inquiries, withdrawal of consent or complaint; and,
- Contact information.
Type of Personal Information Collected by Catulpa
Catulpa Community Support Services only collect personal health information about you and/or family in order to provide the most appropriate service to meet your needs. When collecting information we will explain how we intend to use it, and we will limit it to what is needed for these purposes. We may also collect information from other sources with your permission to do so. Personal health information is information about an identifiable person. It may include:
- Date of birth;
- Reason for referral;
- Personal and family history information; and
- Information about your/family health history.
You have the right to consent to how your personal information is used. The exception is when the law requires sharing of your information without consent. This includes times when:
- Information is subpoenaed by court of law;
- Child abuse is suspected under the Child and Family Services Act;
- A client is a significant danger to themselves or others.
Type of Consent: Express
In most cases, we directly ask you for your consent for the collection, use and sharing of your personal information.. This is called Express Consent. By signing a Consent Form, you give Catulpa written consent to share information with another professional. Verbal consent may be asked for if it is not possible to obtain a signed consent form. Your response will be noted in your file. This is also expressed consent.
Type of Consent: Implied
Unless you tell us otherwise, it is assumed when you receive service from one of our programs, that you agree with the sharing of information with Catulpa Community Support Services employees who require the information, as well as consultants involved in providing services to you and your family. This is called implied consent. This may occur without directly asking you for your consent or requiring you to sign a consent form.
Catulpa Management of Your Personal Information
Catulpa may collect, use, and disclose personal health information, when needed, for:
- The development and implementation of your service plan;
- Referrals to other agencies on your behalf;
- Legal and regulatory requirements; and
- Statistical use.
Catulpa protects your personal health information, both in written and electronic form, from theft and loss and unauthorized access, copying, modification, use, disclosure and disposal.
Catulpa retains your personal health information in accordance with legal requirements and for the time required for the purposes identified.
Catulpa conducts audits and complete investigations to monitor and manage our compliance with privacy legislation.
Catulpa employees, volunteers, consultants and students are bound by our Oath of Confidentiality and polices and procedures for the safeguarding of personal information.
Basic client information, such as name, date of birth, reason for referral, and types of service are retained in our electronic client information system.
Your written file is stored for 10 years following the date of discharge. Adult files are shredded at that time and child/youth files are stored for 10 years following the individual’s 18th birthday, when they are also shredded.
There are some exceptions to this rule which will be explained to you if relevant.
Inquiries and Complaints Procedure
To make an inquiry or complaint about how your personal information has been handled, please send a written request to the Catulpa Privacy Officer listed below. Your request should include a consent to use your personal information for an investigation into your inquiry or complaint. The Privacy Officer will investigate your inquiry or complaint and take appropriate action if required. You will be notified of the investigation outcome and any actions taken with 30 days, or the Privacy Officer will inform you in writing of the need for an extension.
Information Request Procedure
To access your written file, please send a written request to the Catulpa Privacy Officer listed below. Upon request, Catulpa will provide you access within 30 days, or the Privacy Officer will inform you in writing of the need for an extension.
Information Correction Procedure
To correct personal information within your written file, please send a written request to one of the Catulpa Privacy Officers listed below, along with a written update or correction of your information. The information will be amended as required within 30 days, or the Privacy Officer will inform you in writing of the need for an extension.
Catulpa Community Support Services Privacy Officers
Tel: 705-733-3227 x 2291
Ferris Lane Barrie, ON L4M 2Y1
Tel: 705-733-3227 x 3239
165 Ferris Lane Barrie, ON L4M 2Y1