Information Maintained by the Office of Code Revision Indiana Legislative Services Agency
Chapter 6. Social Workers; Privileged Communications
Matters related in official capacity; exceptions to privilege
Sec. 1. Matters communicated to a counselor in the counselor's
official capacity by a client are privileged information and may not
be disclosed by the counselor to any person, except under the
(1) In a criminal proceeding involving a homicide if the
disclosure relates directly to the fact or immediate
circumstances of the homicide.
(2) If the communication reveals the contemplation or
commission of a crime or a serious harmful act.
(A) the client is an unemancipated minor or an adult
adjudicated to be incompetent; and
(B) the information communicated to the counselor indicates
the client was the victim of abuse or a crime.
(4) In a proceeding to determine mental competency, or a
proceeding in which a defense of mental incompetency is
(5) In a civil or criminal malpractice action against the
(6) If the counselor has the express consent of:
(A) the client; or
(B) in the case of a client's death or disability, the express
consent of the client's legal representative.
(7) To a physician if the physician is licensed under IC 25-22.5
and has established a physician-patient relationship with the
(8) Circumstances under which privileged communication is
abrogated under Indiana law.
As added by P.L.186-1990, SEC.9. Amended by P.L.147-1997,