Authorization and Consent for Disclosure,Receipt, and Use of Confidential Informationby the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County
I acknowledge that the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County (“JWB”) provides funds to make the program or service in which I am participating available. I also acknowledge that in order to make sure that all services delivered to participants are of the highest possible quality, JWB may need to review information about me and these services.By signing this Authorization, I am indicating that I understand and agree that my confidential information may be contained in a JWB data collection system, and that this data collection system is exempt from disclosure under the Florida Public Records Act. This means that by law, JWB cannot release individually identifiable information about me or the services I receive (Fla. Stat. §119.071). I acknowledge that JWB may review all information about me as it specifically relates to any program or service it pays for. I also acknowledge that because JWB provides funds for the program or service in which I am participating, it may review my participant file and all other information pertaining to me held by the agency providing the program or service, regardless of whether that information is entered into a JWB data collection system. I further acknowledge that JWB is simply storing and reviewing records and information as the payor for these services, and that JWB provides no direct services to me, including, but not limited to, coordination of services, recommendation of services, or medical diagnoses. I further acknowledge that JWB is not a covered entity as that term is defined under HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).I authorize JWB to utilize my confidential information to verify eligibility for funded services or programs, make payment for services rendered to me by funded programs or services, quality control of funded services or programs, evidence-based research of JWB funded services or programs, including, but not limited to, tracking outcomes of funded programs and services, and determination of future services/programs funded by JWB. I understand that the confidentiality of any information disclosed, received or used by JWB related to my Authorization will not be further disclosed to any other party without my express written consent or as otherwise permitted or required by applicable law unless it is presented in a report that presents information on a group of participants, where no one is identified by name or any other personal characteristic.I acknowledge that this Authorization covers all information about me including, but not limited to, personally identifiable information, Protected Health Information, general medical, general counseling, as well as psychiatric/ psychological/ substance abuse information from my medicalhealth record, as allowed by all state, federal and local laws, including, but not limited to the following: Florida Statutes 394.459, 381.004, and 395.3025; Florida Evidence Code 90.503, 90.5035, and 90.5036; HIPAA, and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 42. I authorize the release of any information concerning the performance of any tests, results of those tests,counseling and treatment records. I consent to my minor participating in online or paper surveys that will be used for program improvements and enhancements. I understand that my records have a privileged and confidential status. I am waiving that status for the purposes contained by this Authorization.I understand that the confidential information disclosed, received or used by JWB based on this Authorization will not be further disclosed to any other party without my express written consent or as otherwise permitted or required by applicable law. However, the individually identifiable confidentialinformation received by JWB based on this Authorization may be used by JWB and its agents for research purposes, so long as the research results are reported as a whole in de-identified format, which means that no information that identifies me as an individual is revealed.I understand that I have the right to withdraw my approval in writing at any time. However, it is possible that JWB may have already relied on this Authorization before it receives notice of my withdrawal and that JWB may have already taken action based on the Authorization. If I do not withdraw my approval, it will automatically end one (1) year from the last day I received services from this program. I understand and agree that if I withdraw my approval that it will not apply to any information already released to and used by JWB as a result of this Authorization.