SAOP Principles of Confidentiality
SAOP advocates have a nonjudgemental and confidential approach that involves actively listening to survivors, and respecting and supporting their decisions. Every survivor has the right to remain anonymous when working with SAOP. When working with our advocates, you have the following rights regarding the confidentiality of your personal information:
- Information you provide to SAOP will be kept confidential to the greatest extent allowed by law.
- You may choose what information you want to provide SAOP. You will not be denied access to services if you choose to not provide certain identifying information.
- SAOP advocates are mandated reporters and may be required by law to report certain situations (see below) to the appropriate authorities. Staff and advocates will inform you of our mandated reporting requirements prior to starting any communication. Even when these reports are made, SAOP will not share any information beyond what is required by law.
- Some general information about the types of services provided and demographical information (e.g. age, range of income, ethnicity) must be shared with the agencies that fund SAOP. However, information that could specifically identify you as someone who utilized SAOP services will never be shared unless such sharing of information is specifically authorized by you in writing.
- After your intake with SAOP, you may choose to be referred to other agencies for additional help and support. In these cases, you can decide the amount of personal information you wish SAOP to share with each referral agency on your behalf. You will be informed on each referral organization's confidentiality standards. Releases of Information will be dated approximately fifteen to thirty days, and will be renewed at expiration depending on the survivor's choice to do so.
Mandated Reporting Requirements
Standards for Making a Report as adapted from Ohio Revised Code: § 2151.421
A report is required when a mandated person is acting in an official or professional capacity and knows or suspects that a child under the age of 18, an elderly adult over the age of 60, or any individual displaying mental retardation/developmental disabilities (MRDD) has suffered or faces a threat of suffering any physical (including sexual) or mental wound, injury, disability, or condition of a nature that reasonably indicates abuse or neglect of that "at-risk" individual.
Every survivor has the right to...
...make their own choices.
...be safe at work, home, and school.
...report to law enforcement.
...receive medical attention.
...receive counseling and other supportive services.
...be informed of all options and outcomes of any formal procedures.
...to have an advocate of their choosing present every step of the way.