2011 Connecticut Code
Title 52 Civil Actions
Chapter 899 Evidence
Sec. 52-146p. Disclosure of privileged communications between marital and family therapist and person consulting such therapist prohibited. Exceptions.

      Sec. 52-146p. Disclosure of privileged communications between marital and family therapist and person consulting such therapist prohibited. Exceptions. (a) As used in this section:

      (1) "Person" means an individual who consults a marital and family therapist for purposes of diagnosis or treatment;

      (2) "Marital and family therapist" means an individual certified as a marital and family therapist pursuant to chapter 383a;

      (3) "Communications" means all oral and written communications and records thereof relating to the diagnosis and treatment of a person between such person and a marital and family therapist or between a member of such person's family and a marital and family therapist;

      (4) "Consent" means consent given in writing by the person or his authorized representative;

      (5) "Authorized representative" means (A) an individual empowered by a person to assert the confidentiality of communications which are privileged under this section, or (B) if a person is deceased, his personal representative or next of kin, or (C) if a person is incompetent to assert or waive his privileges under this section, (i) a guardian or conservator who has been or is appointed to act for the person, or (ii) for the purpose of maintaining confidentiality until a guardian or conservator is appointed, the person's nearest relative.

      (b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, all communications shall be privileged and a marital and family therapist shall not disclose any such communications unless the person or his authorized representative consents to waive the privilege and allow such disclosure. In circumstances where more than one person in a family is receiving therapy, each such family member shall consent to the waiver. In the absence of such a waiver from each such family member, a marital and family therapist shall not disclose communications with any family member. The person or his authorized representative may withdraw any consent given under the provisions of this section at any time in a writing addressed to the individual with whom or the office in which the original consent was filed. The withdrawal of consent shall not affect communications disclosed prior to notice of the withdrawal.

      (c) Consent of the person shall not be required for the disclosure of such person's communications:

      (1) Where mandated by any other provision of the general statutes;

      (2) Where a marital and family therapist believes in good faith that the failure to disclose such communications presents a clear and present danger to the health or safety of any individual;

      (3) Where a marital and family therapist makes a claim for collection of fees for services rendered, the name and address of the person and the amount of the fees may be disclosed to individuals or agencies involved in such collection, provided notification that such disclosure will be made is sent, in writing, to the person not less than thirty days prior to such disclosure. In cases where a dispute arises over the fees or claims or where additional information is needed to substantiate the claim, the disclosure shall be limited to the following: (A) That the person was receiving services from a marital and family therapist, (B) the dates of such services, and (C) a general description of the types of services.

      (P.A. 92-225, S. 1, 5.)

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