ROBERT REED, CMHC/LPC
Phone: 888-801-1556 x101
Prior to my life with Christ, I was headed in a destructive direction. My life was consumed by addictions-specifically alcohol, marijuana and sex. I had no identity apart from this. I attended college as an animal science/wildlife major, but my main focus was to support my addictions. This continued to be more apparent the longer I stayed in college, but my response was to ignore the problem and feed the addiction. I had moved far away from whatever knowledge I had of God because I perceived that living right was the only way to reach Christ and I could not live up to that.
After seven years in college and enslavement to myself, God began to reveal himself to me in areas of my weakness that I was no longer able to mask over. He led me to study Scripture and to fellowship with other believers. This began a transformation in my life that I had never imagined. Within a few months I was miraculously free of the addictions and was discovering a new identity in Christ. He quickly began to speak to my heart about working with people, and He was patient in walking me through my own struggles in this area. A year and a half later He called me into counseling specifically and I followed. This journey has been magnificent, and I could not imagine doing anything else.
I am a licensed professional counselor. I consider my efforts as a counselor inadequate apart from the grace and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have been called into this ministry and I am blessed and humbled to go to work each day and see Christ working in people’s lives in a very intimate way. I earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 2004.
I have maintained a private practice since 2007 in Stephenville, TX. I have worked with both inpatient and outpatient facilities including Adapt of Texas, Counseling Center of Ellis County, Summer Sky Inc., and Christian Counseling Centers of Utah. At these facilities, I worked with severe mental illnesses (anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia), addictions (sexual, drug, alcohol, etc.), duel diagnoses, and also counseled with families of these individuals. I currently work with individuals, families, and couples in broad range of interpersonal and psychological issues. I work with the client to seek how God's unconditional love and His indisputable grace through Jesus Christ impacts their personal situation and their everyday life.
I began counseling in Utah November 2011, just three months after the Lord placed on my heart and my wife’s heart that he was leading us to the Wasatch Valley area. My special interests include spiritual/faith related issues, depression, anxiety, various addictions (including alcohol, substance and sexual,) dual diagnosis, lack of self-worth and legalism, struggles with anger and/or bitterness, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar, and life transition issues. General practice areas include adults and adolescents in individual, couple/marriage, and family counseling. I have been blessed with a wonderful wife, since 2001, and a precious daughter, since 2007.We are looking forward to many more years of life together. We enjoy the outdoors including hiking, camping, fishing and archery-and we have been adding various winter sports to this list.
KAREN FLESSNER, LCSW
Phone: 888-801-1556 x701
Karen was born and raised in a Muslim developing country where her family practiced Taoism, Buddhism, idol worship and ancestral worship. As a young adult, she left that country in 1995 to pursue her bachelors at Western Michigan University. Within two months of being in Michigan, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal LORD and Savior and became the first generational curse breaker in her paternal and maternal lineage. At that point, she sensed a calling to life-long work as a professional minister and clinical social worker. Since 1995, she trained for Christian ministry, and served in various ministry capacities. She became an ordained minister through The Missionary Church International (TMCI) in 2009.
Karen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications from Western Michigan University (1997) and the Master of Social Work (MSW) from Utah State University (2014). Since 1996, she worked with at-risk children and adolescents at residential home treatment centers in Michigan and Idaho. In Utah, she was employed at the Social Program at Utah State University from 2008 to 2017. Within nine years, she was rapidly promoted from being a Staff Assistant to teaching BSW-level practicum courses and supervising interns.
Since 2016, as a clinical Social Worker in Utah, her specialty includes providing trauma-informed psychotherapeutic services to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and working with individuals (adults, adolescents and children), couples and families struggling with issues including marital and/or family conflicts, grief, posttraumatic stress, depression, severe mood swings, depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity, separation anxiety, oppositional defiance, dissociation, and substance abuse.
She recognizes the importance of appreciating a person’s biological, psychological, social, and spiritual strengths and struggles. Combining Christian faith, knowledge and experience with psychological techniques, she meets her individual clients where they are at mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Then, she and her clients will journey together to find what best fits them as they move towards new and healthy ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. Her treatment approach is borrowed from a combination of different theories and modalities, including those that recognize the importance of the person’s past experiences, family dynamics, and patterns of functioning. With God’s guidance, she carefully customizes the treatment to meet her client’s unique needs while valuing each one as a unique individual.
Her hobbies include worshipping God, prayer, cooking, gardening, hosting parties, photography, painting, spending quality time with her husband, and watching her son lead worship, and play various musical instruments, baseball and football.
STEVE EVANS ASSOCIATE CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR
Phone: 888-801-1556 x301
I was fortunate enough to be raised by two loving parents that put Jesus Christ first in their lives, and spent a lifetime serving Him. I excepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior at an early age and followed Christ well into my teenage years. As with many adolescences do, I myself began to drift away from my relationship with Jesus and follow worldly passions which led me down a path of destruction. I soon found myself addicted to chemicals. At the age of twenty-three I knew my life was going nowhere and decided to join the U.S. Navy. My intention was that the military would provide enough discipline that I would clean my act up; however, during this time, a sailor’s thought process was if you work hard, you need to play hard and alcohol became my favorite extracurricular activity.
At the age of twenty-eight I began hearing God speaking to me, and I soon entered into recovery from alcohol. While at meetings I would here people speak about a higher power and how this higher power provided strength and a path to recovery. The only higher power that I ever knew was God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, and I soon began praying again for the first time in many years. I wish I could say that I quickly turned my life around and began a close walk with God; however, it was a few years later that this happened. It wasn’t until I endured a divorce that I found myself in a church fully reaching out to the Father.
After about a year in recovery I had volunteered to serve as a Command Drug and Alcohol Advisor and served in this capacity for over fourteen years while in the military. During that time, I often wondered if this was a path that God had chosen for me, but it was not until after I retired from the military and was working as a substance abuse counselor that God’s calling became clear. I hesitated for a few years before deciding to complete a Bachelor of Science in psychology through the University of Phoenix, and immediately entering in the graduate program for clinical mental health counseling. I have been in school now for the last 6 years, and currently in the final year which is the process of completing an internship with Grace and Peace Christian Counseling (GPCC). I am humbled to be serving with Robert Reed at GPCC, since this is exactly the vision that God had laid upon my heart many years ago.
I have 19 years’ experience working with people that suffer from a variety of addictions, and while working with this population I have encountered numerous people that were dually diagnosed; however, I have never until now been able to provide services for both diagnoses. While providing counseling I encourage the use of prayer, biblical scriptures, and inviting Christ into the process. In doing this I believe that true healing can happen.
Since mental health counseling is a new arena for myself I am open to working with all patients that have the desire overcome mental health, behavior health, and spiritual health problems. I enjoy working with adolescences, adults, and couples. I believe that therapy is a learning process for both the client and the counselor and will dedicate myself to each and every person that I work with. I am blessed to have a wonderful wife that dedicates her life to her first love, and that is Jesus Christ. I have 4 wonderful adult children and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy many outdoor activities; such as cycling, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and surfing when a trip to the beach is convenient. I am originally from Tennessee, but spent most of my childhood and adult life in San Diego California. I really believe that God has called me to Utah to serve Him in what He has been calling me to do for so long.
HIPAA NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
I. THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
II. IT IS MY LEGAL DUTY TO SAFEGUARD YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION (PHI).
By law I am required to insure that your PHI is kept private. The PHI constitutes information created or noted by me that can be used to identify you. It contains data about your past, present, or future health or condition, the provision of health care services to you, or the payment for such health care. I am required to provide you with this Notice about my privacy procedures. This Notice must explain when, why, and how I would use and/or disclose your PHI. Use of PHI means when I share, apply, utilize, examine, or analyze information within my practice; PHI is disclosed when I release, transfer, give, or otherwise reveal it to a third party outside my practice. With some exceptions, I may not use or disclose more of your PHI than is necessary to accomplish the purpose for which the use or disclosure is made; however, I am always legally required to follow the privacy practices described in this Notice.
Please note that I reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice and my privacy policies at any time as permitted by law. Any changes will apply to PHI already on file with me. Before I make any important changes to my policies, I will immediately change this Notice and post a new copy of it in my office and on my website. You may also request a copy of this Notice from me.
III. HOW I WILL USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR PHI.
I will use and disclose your PHI for many different reasons. Some of the uses or disclosures will require your prior written authorization; others, however, will not. Below you will find the different categories of my uses and disclosures, with some examples.
A. Uses and Disclosures Related to Treatment, Payment, or Health Care Operations Do Not Require Your Prior Written Consent. I may use and disclose your PHI without your consent for the following reasons:
1. For treatment. I can use your PHI within my practice to provide you with mental health treatment, including discussing or sharing your PHI with my trainees and interns. I may disclose your PHI to physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other licensed health care providers who provide you with health care services or are otherwise involved in your care. Example: If a psychiatrist is treating you, I may disclose your PHI to her/him in order to coordinate your care.
2. For health care operations. I may disclose your PHI to facilitate the efficient and correct operation of my practice. Examples: Quality control - I might use your PHI in the evaluation of the quality of health care services that you have received or to evaluate the performance of the health care professionals who provided you with these services. I may also provide your PHI to my attorneys, accountants, consultants, and others to make sure that I am in compliance with applicable laws.
3. To obtain payment for treatment. I may use and disclose your PHI to bill and collect payment for the treatment and services I provided you. Example: I might send your PHI to your insurance company or health plan in order to get payment for the health care services that I have provided to you. I could also provide your PHI to business associates, such as billing companies, claims processing companies, and others that process health care claims for my office.
4. Other disclosures. Examples: Your consent isn't required if you need emergency treatment provided that I attempt to get your consent after treatment is rendered. In the event that I try to get your consent but you are unable to communicate with me (for example, if you are unconscious or in severe pain) but I think that you would consent to such treatment if you could, I may disclose your PHI.
B. Certain Other Uses and Disclosures Do Not Require Your Consent. I may use and/or disclose your PHI without your consent or authorization for the following reasons:
1. When disclosure is required by federal, state, or local law; judicial, board, or administrative proceedings; or, law enforcement. Example: I may make a disclosure to the appropriate officials when a law requires me to report information to government agencies, law enforcement personnel and/or in an administrative proceeding.
2. If disclosure is compelled by a party to a proceeding before a court of an administrative agency pursuant to its lawful authority.
3. If disclosure is required by a search warrant lawfully issued to a governmental law enforcement agency.
4. If disclosure is compelled by the patient or the patient's representative pursuant to Health and Safety Codes or to corresponding federal statutes of regulations, such as the Privacy Rule that requires this Notice.
5. To avoid harm. I may provide PHI to law enforcement personnel or persons able to prevent or mitigate a serious threat to the health or safety of a person or the public (i.e., adverse reaction to meds).
6. If disclosure is compelled or permitted by the fact that you are in such mental or emotional condition as to be dangerous to yourself or the person or property of others, and if I determine that disclosure is necessary to prevent the threatened danger.
7. If disclosure is mandated by the Utah Department of Family Services law. For example, if I have a reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect.
8. If disclosure is mandated by the Utah Department of Family Services Reporting law. For example, if I have a reasonable suspicion of elder abuse or dependent adult abuse.
9. If disclosure is compelled or permitted by the fact that you tell me of a serious/imminent threat of physical violence by you against a reasonably identifiable victim or victims.
10. For public health activities. Example: In the event of your death, if a disclosure is permitted or compelled, I may need to give the county coroner information about you.
11. For health oversight activities. Example: I may be required to provide information to assist the government in the course of an investigation or inspection of a health care organization or provider.
12. For specific government functions. Examples: I may disclose PHI of military personnel and veterans under certain circumstances. Also, I may disclose PHI in the interests of national security, such as protecting the President of the United States or assisting with intelligence operations.
13. For research purposes. In certain circumstances, I may provide PHI in order to conduct medical research.
14. For Workers' Compensation purposes. I may provide PHI in order to comply with Workers' Compensation laws.
15. Appointment reminders and health related benefits or services. Examples: I may use PHI to provide appointment reminders. I may use PHI to give you information about alternative treatment options, or other health care services or benefits I offer.
16. If an arbitrator or arbitration panel compels disclosure, when arbitration is lawfully requested by either party, pursuant to subpoena duces tectum (e.g., a subpoena for mental health records) or any other provision authorizing disclosure in a proceeding before an arbitrator or arbitration panel.
17. If disclosure is required or permitted to a health oversight agency for oversight activities authorized by law. Example: When compelled by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to investigate or assess my compliance with HIPAA regulations.
18. If disclosure is otherwise specifically required by law.
C. Certain Uses and Disclosures Require You to Have the Opportunity to Object.
1. Disclosures to family, friends, or others. I may provide your PHI to a family member, friend, or other individual who you indicate is involved in your care or responsible for the payment for your health care, unless you object in whole or in part. Retroactive consent may be obtained in emergency situations.
D. Other Uses and Disclosures Require Your Prior Written Authorization. In any other situation not described in Sections IIIA, IIIB, and IIIC above, I will request your written authorization before using or disclosing any of your PHI. Even if you have signed an authorization to disclose your PHI, you may later revoke that authorization, in writing, to stop any future uses and disclosures (assuming that I haven't taken any action subsequent to the original authorization) of your PHI by me.
IV. WHAT RIGHTS YOU HAVE REGARDING YOUR PHI
These are your rights with respect to your PHI:
A. The Right to See and Get Copies of Your PHI. In general, you have the right to see your PHI that is in my possession, or to get copies of it; however, you must request it in writing. If I do not have your PHI, but I know who does, I will advise you how you can get it. You will receive a response from me within 30 days of my receiving your written request. Under certain circumstances, I may feel I must deny your request, but if I do, I will give you, in writing, the reasons for the denial. I will also explain your right to have my denial reviewed.
If you ask for copies of your PHI, I will charge you not more than $.25 per page. I may see fit to provide you with a summary or explanation of the PHI, but only if you agree to it, as well as to the cost, in advance.
B. The Right to Request Limits on Uses and Disclosures of Your PHI. You have the right to ask that I limit how I use and disclose your PHI. While I will consider your request, I am not legally bound to agree. If I do agree to your request, I will put those limits in writing and abide by them except in emergency situations. You do not have the right to limit the uses and disclosures that I am legally required or permitted to make.
C. The Right to Choose How I Send Your PHI to You. It is your right to ask that your PHI be sent to you at an alternate address (for example, sending information to your work address rather than your home address) or by an alternate method (for example, via e-mail instead of by regular mail). I am obliged to agree to your request providing that I can give you the PHI, in the format you requested, without undue inconvenience. I may not require an explanation from you as to the basis of your request as a condition of providing communications on a confidential basis.
D. The Right to Get a List of the Disclosures I Have Made. You are entitled to a list of disclosures of your PHI that I have made. The list will not include uses or disclosures to which you have already consented, i.e., those for treatment, payment, or health care operations, sent directly to you, or to your family; neither will the list include disclosures made for national security purposes, to corrections or law enforcement personnel, or disclosures made before April 15, 2003. After April 15, 2003, disclosure records will be held for six years.
I will respond to your request for an accounting of disclosures within 60 days of receiving your request. The list I give you will include disclosures made in the previous six years unless you indicate a shorter period. The list will include the date of the disclosure, to whom PHI was disclosed (including their address, if known), a description of the information disclosed, and the reason for the disclosure. I will provide the list to you at no cost, unless you make more than one request in the same year, in which case I will charge you a reasonable sum based on a set fee for each additional request.
E. The Right to Amend Your PHI. If you believe that there is some error in your PHI or that important information has been omitted, it is your right to request that I correct the existing information or add the missing information. Your request and the reason for the request must be made in writing. You will receive a response within 60 days of my receipt of your request. I may deny your request, in writing, if I find that: the PHI is (a) correct and complete, (b) forbidden to be disclosed, (c) not part of my records, or (d) written by someone other than me. My denial must be in writing and must state the reasons for the denial. It must also explain your right to file a written statement objecting to the denial. If you do not file a written objection, you still have the right to ask that your request and my denial be attached to any future disclosures of your PHI. If I approve your request, I will make the change(s) to your PHI. Additionally, I will tell you that the changes have been made, and I will advise all others who need to know about the change(s) to your PHI.
F. The Right to Get This Notice by E-mail. You have the right to get this notice by e- mail. You have the right to request a paper copy of it, as well.
V. HOW TO COMPLAIN ABOUT MY PRIVACY PRACTICES
If, in your opinion, I may have violated your privacy rights, or if you object to a decision I made about access to your PHI, you are entitled to file a complaint with the person listed in Section VI below. You may also send a written complaint to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services at 200 Independence Avenue S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201. If you file a complaint about my privacy practices, I will take no retaliatory action against you.
VI. PERSON TO CONTACT FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS NOTICE OR TO COMPLAIN ABOUT MY PRIVACY PRACTICES
If you have any questions about this notice or any complaints about my privacy practices, or would like to know how to file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, please contact me at: Grace & Peace Christian Counseling, PO BOX 6332, Ogden, UT 84402, 888-801-1556, or email@example.com.
VII. NOTIFICATIONS OF BREACHES
In the case of a breach, Grace & Peace Christian Counseling requires to notify each affected individual whose unsecured PHI has been compromised. Even if such a breach was caused by a business associate, Grace & Peace Christian Counseling is ultimately responsible for providing the notification directly or via the business associate. If the breach involves more than 500 persons, OCR must be notified in accordance with instructions posted on its website. Grace & Peace Christian Counseling bears the ultimate burden of proof to demonstrate that all notifications were given or that the impermissible use or disclosure of PHI did not constitute a breach and must maintain supporting documentation, including documentation pertaining to the risk assessment.
VIII. PHI AFTER DEATH
Generally, PHI excludes any health information of a person who has been deceased for more than 50 years after the date of death. Grace & Peace Christian Counseling may disclose deceased individuals' PHI to non-family members, as well as family members, who were involved in the care or payment for healthcare of the decedent prior to death; however, the disclosure must be limited to PHI relevant to such care or payment and cannot be inconsistent with any prior expressed preference of the deceased individual.
IX. INDIVIDUALS’ RIGHT TO RESTRICT DISCLOSURES; RIGHT OF ACCESS
To implement the 2013 HITECH Act, the Privacy Rule is amended. Grace & Peace Christian Counseling is required to restrict the disclosure of PHI about you, the patient, to a health plan, upon request, if the disclosure is for the purpose of carrying out payment or healthcare operations and is not otherwise required by law. The PHI must pertain solely to a healthcare item or service for which you have paid the covered entity in full. (OCR clarifies that the adopted provisions do not require that covered healthcare providers create separate medical records or otherwise segregate PHI subject to a restrict healthcare item or service; rather, providers need to employ a method to flag or note restrictions of PHI to ensure that such PHI is not inadvertently sent or made accessible to a health plan.)
The 2013 Amendments also adopt the proposal in the interim rule requiring Grace & Peace Christian Counseling, to provide you, the patient, a copy of PHI if you, the patient, requests it in electronic form. The electronic format must be provided to you if it is readily producible. OCR clarifies that Grace & Peace Christian Counseling must provide you only with an electronic copy of their PHI, not direct access to their electronic health record systems. The 2013 Amendments also give you the right to direct Grace & Peace Christian Counseling to transmit an electronic copy of PHI to an entity or person designated by you. Furthermore, the amendments restrict the fees that Grace & Peace Christian Counseling may charge you for handling and reproduction of PHI, which must be reasonable, cost-based and identify separately the labor for copying PHI (if any). Finally, the 2013 Amendments modify the timeliness requirement for right of access, from up to 90 days currently permitted to 30 days, with a one-time extension of 30 additional days.
Grace & Peace Christian Counseling NPP must contain a statement indicating that most uses and disclosures of psychotherapy notes, marketing disclosures and sale of PHI do require prior authorization by you, and you have the right to be notified in case of a breach of unsecured PHI.
XI. EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS NOTICE
This notice went into effect on Jan. 30, 2013
Our Privacy Officer is Robert Reed, CMHC/LPC. The Privacy Officer can: (a) answer your questions about our privacy practices; (b) accept any complaints you have about our privacy practices; and (c) give you information on how to file a complaint. You can contact the Privacy Officer by calling 888-801-1556 x101.