PUSH strictly adheres to the Federal Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This federal law mandates the confidentiality of medical information and records for students over 18 years of age. Your student must give us written authorization to discuss any matter regarding his or her well being with you. The consent to release information form can be found here. The authorization for use and disclosure of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can be found here. Your student must complete and present the form to us in person or make other arrangements with our staff for delivery of the form. The release is effective for a maximum of 60 days after we receive it for medical information and 180 days after we receive it for mental health records. Alternatively, the student may specify that the release if for only a specific event (i.e., treatment of a fracture) if he/she prefers. In the event your student is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, the Student Health Center will make every effort to notify you. Breaking this confidentiality requirement and releasing information to parents without student permission is breaking the law. We take this very seriously. We also believe the confidentiality is an important step for young adults to begin taking responsibility for their own health care.