36-32-78 . Privileged information--Exceptions.

No licensee or an employee of a licensee may disclose information that was acquired from any person consulting the licensee in a professional capacity that was necessary to render services in a professional capacity, except:

(1) If mandated by state law or authorized under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended to January 1, 2020;

(2) With the written consent of the person or, in the case of the person's death or disability, with the written consent of a personal representative, a person authorized to sue on the person's behalf, or the beneficiary of an insurance policy related to the person's life, health, or physical condition;

(3) If the information is necessary to prevent or mitigate a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or to the public and the disclosure is made to a person reasonably able to prevent or mitigate the threat, including the target of the threat;

(4) If the licensed professional counselor or professional counselor--mental health is a party defendant to a civil, criminal, or disciplinary action arising from the counselor's professional capacity, in which case any waiver of the privilege accorded by this section is limited to that action;

(5) If the client is a defendant in a criminal proceeding and the use of the privilege would violate the defendant's right to a compulsory process or right to present testimony and evidence; or

(6) If the person waives the privilege by bringing charges against the licensee.

Source: SL 2020, ch 165, ยง 32.