During the course of normal business duties and responsibilities all
staff members, volunteers, interns, board members, or consultants of The
Women's Center, are likely to, have access to extremely confidential
information regarding clients of the agency, staff members, and/or other
agency information which may be confidential in nature. This information
may be contained in places such as the client's records, in the agency-wide
computerized information system, or in staff's personnel files.
All staff members, volunteers, interns, board member, or consultants agree
that they will hold any such information confidential, and shall not either
directly or indirectly, disclose this confidential information to a third
party or use it for their own purposes.
No confidential information will be released to anyone without
the written informed consent of the client involved and the express
consent of the Executive Director as Keeper of the Records or agency counsel.
All staff members, volunteers, interns, board members, or
consultants also agree not to discuss or disclose the location
of any residential program of The Women's Center to unauthorized
persons at any time.
Failure to uphold confidentiality or violation of the agency's
policy concerning the handling of confidential information can result
in immediate termination of involvement in The Women's Center.
Massachusetts and Federal Law impose restrictions and duties upon
the Keeper of the Records for The Women's Center. Staff members must
immediately bring to the attention of the Executive Director any requests
or demands for confidential information and must further scrupulously comply with the "Keeper of the Records" directives regarding such information.
Furthermore The Women's Center is covered under Mass General Laws 20k
and 20J, and our domestic violence and sexual assault services are therefore
confidential and those client records are privileged.