Summary of Privacy Notice
MSHMIS is a computer system for data collection that was created to meet a requirement for the United States Congress. This requirement was passed in order to get a more accurate count for individuals and families who are homeless and to identify the need for different services. Many agencies use this system and share information only with your permission.
Information that you may agree to allow us to share includes:
Maintaining the privacy and safety of those using our services is very important to us. Your record will only be shared if you give us permission to do so. There may be risks and/or benefits for you to consider before you decide whether or not to consent to the release of information. You also have the right to request your name be entered in as “anonymous”. You cannot be denied services that you would otherwise qualify for if you choose not to share information. However, even if you choose not to share with other agencies or have your name entered, we must still report some information to the central data collection system because of our federal and state requirements.
Confidentiality Rights: This agency follows all confidentiality regulations and also has its own confidentiality policy.
Your Information Rights.
As a client, you have the following rights:
Benefits of MSHMIS and Agency Information Sharing:
Allowing us to share your real name results in a more accurate count of individuals and services used. A more accurate count is important because it can help us and other agencies:
Risks in Sharing Information.
There are risks that may lead some individuals to choose to do one or more of the following:
Risks you should consider before deciding whether and what type of information to share:
You may request a copy of the full privacy notice at any time.