HASU ECOUNSELLING TERMS OF SERVICE
PLEASE READ TERMS OF SERVICE CAREFULLY
The Terms of Service contain very important information about the Client’s rights and obligations as well as limitations and exclusions that may apply to you. They contain limitations of liability. Please read them carefully.
The “Provider” is also referred to as Registered Social Worker (“RSW”); Social Worker (“Social Worker”); Registered Psychotherapist ("RP"); International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor ("ICADC"); Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor ("CCAC"); or “Addiction Therapist.” The appointment with the Provider may be referred to as “Online Session” or “Session." Hasu eCounselling (“Hasu”) is a trade name and a division of “Hasu Behavioural Health Inc." The services detailed below under the heading Services are provided by Hasu and defined as “Service” or “Services.” The client receiving online Services from a "Provider" is defined as the “Client.” The fee paid for Online Sessions with a Provider is also referred to as “Purchase.” The Services will be undertaken by a Provider on the Hasu eCounselling Provider Network.
Terms of Service
The Terms of Service ("Terms") contained herein govern the Client’s relationship with Hasu. Please read these Terms of Service carefully before using the Service. Access to, and use of the Service, is based on the Client’s acceptance of, and compliance with, these Terms. These Terms apply to all visitors, users and others who access or use the Service. By accessing or using the Service you agree to be bound by these Terms and accept all legal consequences.
Hasu Providers are independent professionals and not employees of Hasu eCounselling or Hasu Behavioural Health Inc. They are vetted, experienced healthcare professionals and registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (“OCSWSSW”); the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (“CRPO”); and/or the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (“CACCF”) and adhere to the principles of these regulatory organizations.
Hasu provides online video counselling (videoconferencing), talk counselling (audio-only conferencing) and text counselling (secure messaging) for those who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression and addiction including problem gambling and for family members impacted by it. Clients must be a minimum of 18 years of age and must be Canadian residents. The Service is only available to Clients residing in Canada.
The Service may include ongoing solution-focused counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as referrals to outside sources that may include other health professionals. Treatment plans may be adjusted as needs change.
There are extensive safeguards built into the Hasu website and the servers' operating system upon which it runs. Hasu ensures protected end-to-end encryption across all devices. All communication and registration information on the website is encrypted using Comodo SSL/TLS technology.
Hasu eCounselling uses a secure portal powered by OnCall Health. OnCall Health stores all personal health information in Montreal, Canada, with Amazon Web Services Secure Cloud ("AWS"). AWS is certified as compliant with ISO Standard 27018 Code of Practice for personal identifiable information (PII) protection in public clouds acting as PII processors. In addition to the independent certification process under ISO 27018, the Standard also includes the right to audit AWS for compliance. Secure video and text consultations are encrypted with the AES cipher using 128-bit keys. Here are the details on our encryption:
- The basic voice, video, and text traffic are converted into cipher text, which cannot be understood by anyone except authorized parties.
- The conversion is done with random keys that change from the beginning to the end of the encounter to make it even more secure.
- The keys last a short period of time and are neither stored nor persistent anywhere.
The Provider will make every attempt to promptly respond to the needs of the Client during their office hours which are flexible. The Client shall request a day and time for their Online Session based on availability in the online client schedule. Hasu does not provide 24 hour Service at this time.
Crisis and Emergencies
The Service is not to be used for crisis or emergencies. When in crisis, contact these services or call the Canadian Mental Health Association (“CMHA”) or crisis agencies in the Client’s province:
Toronto Distress Centre: 416-408-HELP (4357)
Toronto Gerstein Centre: (416) 929-5200
THIS SERVICE IS NOT FOR CRISIS OR EMERGENCIES.
IF THE CLIENT IS EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY OR IF THE CLIENT IS PLANNING OR CONSIDERING SUICIDE OR FEEL HE OR SHE IS A DANGER TO THEMSELVES OR OTHERS, THE CLIENT MUST DISCONTINUE USE OF THIS SERVICE IMMEDIATELY AND CALL 911 OR GO TO THE NEAREST HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM.
Registration and Assessment
Prior to Hasu providing the Services, the Client will complete an online registration form and once completed, will be sent to the assigned Provider before the first session. By completing the online registration form, the Client is agreeing to comply with, and be bound by the Terms.
Online Session Process
The Client will choose a Provider, an online counselling service and then choose a date and time on the Provider's calendar. The Client will complete an online registration form and make a payment prior to the session processed by Stripe, a PCI-Level 1 compliant payment processor. Future sessions will be automatically debited. The Client will receive a confirmation email with the date and time and instructions.
Length of Treatment
The Provider will create a treatment plan and together with the Client, will determine the length of Service. (See ‘Discharge/ Termination’)
Expectations and Demonstration of Mutual Respect
The Client shall not use any mood altering substance the day of their Online Session. The Provider may cancel the Session if it is suspected that the Client is under the influence of alcohol or a drug which may affect cognition and comprehension. The Provider may cancel the Session if he determines in his discretion the Client’s behaviour and/or conduct in the Online Session is inappropriate.
The Client shall ensure at all times that the Provider has current contact information. It is the Client’s responsibility to let the Provider know if there is any reason that the Provider should not leave a message when contacting the Client by phone.
A minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required to cancel or reschedule the Client’s Online Session without charges. The Client will be charged for the missed Session in its entirety, if there is less than 24 hours notice given by the Client of a need to reschedule an Online Session. There will be no refund if a Client misses or forgets to attend an Online Session.
Discharge of the Client and termination of the Services will occur when goals are met or the Client expresses a desire to no longer use the Service. When possible, the discharge plan will involve the Client to determine needs going forward. If there is no contact for a period of 90 days, the Client’s chart will be closed.
Termination or suspension of access to the Service may be immediate, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including, without limitation, if the Client breaches the Terms. All provisions of the Terms shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability. Upon termination, the Client’s right to use the Service will immediately cease. If the Client wishes to terminate the account, the Client shall inform the Provider and discontinue using the Service.
Discharge and termination of Service will occur if there are two (2) consecutive ‘no shows’ or three (3) consecutive cancellations for scheduled appointments.
Services provided are strictly confidential. Personal health information will not be released without informed, written consent from the Client except where required by law. It is the Client’s responsibility to choose a private place for the online session without others present and devoid of distractions. The Client should not use Wi-Fi hotspots in public as they may not be secure.
Confidentiality on the part of the Provider may be waived under circumstances wherein the Provider is bound by law to report to legal authorities under the following circumstances:
If the Provider is required by law to do so;
If the Provider assesses that there is a risk of harm to the Client or others;
If the Provider assesses that a child may have been harmed in the past, or that a child is at risk of harm in the present or future. In all cases, the Provider has a legal duty to report this;
If the Provider is bound to report a colleague to their College for professional misconduct; and/or
If the Provider is required to defend themselves against a complaint filed with their College.
If it is decided between the Client and the Provider to share information for reason of referral or consultation, a formal consent form will be completed and signed in advance by the Client. The Client has the right at any time to withhold or revoke consent. The Provider does not provide completion of forms or letters for employers or for court purposes. Advance notice is required for letters of attendance.
Circle of Care
According to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, information may be released to health care providers (“Circle of Care”) who are directly involved in provision of the Client’s healthcare unless the Client directs the Provider in writing not to release such information. In all other instances, written, informed consent is required for information to be released.
Hasu will use reasonable means to protect the security and confidentiality of electronic information sent and received, such as emails and in text counselling (SMS).
However, because of the risks outlined below, the Provider cannot guarantee the security and confidentiality of electronic communications and will not be liable for improper disclosure of confidential information that is not the direct result of intentional misconduct of the Provider. Thus, Clients must consent to the use of electronic communication that may include Client information. When the Client electronically accepts the Terms of Service, consent to the use of electronic communication is included and the Client agrees with the following conditions:
Use of electronic communications to discuss sensitive information can increase the risk of such information being disclosed to third parties.
Despite reasonable efforts to protect the privacy and security of electronic communication, it is not possible to completely secure the information.
Online services may have a legal right to inspect and keep electronic communications that pass through their system
Electronic communications can introduce malware into a computer system, and potentially damage or disrupt the computer, networks, and security settings.
Electronic communications can be forwarded, intercepted, circulated, stored or even changed without the knowledge or permission of Hasu or the Client.
Even after the sender and recipient have deleted copies of electronic communications, back-up copies may exist on a computer system.
Electronic communications may be disclosed in accordance with a duty to report or a court order.
Videoconferencing may be open to interception due to lack of user end security and use of Wi-Fi. Hasu video conferencing uses encrypted software.
If email or text is used as an e-communication tool, the following are additional risks: Email, text messages, and instant messages can more easily be misdirected, resulting in increased risk of being received by unintended and unknown recipients; Email, text messages, and instant messages can be easier to falsify than handwritten or signed, hard copies. It is not feasible to verify the true identity of the sender, or to ensure that only the recipient can read the message once it has been sent.
While Hasu will attempt to review and respond in a timely fashion to the Client’s electronic communication, the Provider cannot guarantee that all electronic communications will be reviewed and responded to within any specific period of time. The Services will not be used for medical emergencies or other time-sensitive matters.
If the Client’s electronic communication requires or invites a response from the Provider and the Client has not received a response within a reasonable time period, it is the Client’s responsibility to follow up to determine whether the intended recipient received the electronic communication and when the recipient will respond.
The Client is responsible for following up on the Provider’s electronic communication and for scheduling appointments where warranted.
The Provider may forward electronic communications to staff and those involved in the delivery and administration of the Client’s care in the Circle of Care. The Provider might use one or more services to communicate with those involved in the Client’s care. The Provider will not forward electronic communications to third parties, including family members, without the Client’s prior written consent, except as authorized or required by law.
Some Services might not be used for therapeutic purposes or to communicate clinical information. Where applicable, the use of these Services will be limited to education, information and administrative purposes.
The Client agrees to inform the Provider in writing of any types of information the Client does not want sent via the Services, in addition to those set out above.
The Provider is not responsible for information loss due to technical failures associated with the Client’s software or internet service provider.
Provider-Client Electronic Communication Agreement
To communicate with the Provider providing the Service, the Client must:
Reasonably limit or avoid using an employer’s or other third party’s computer.Inform the Provider of any changes in the Client’s email address, mobile phone number or other account information necessary to communicate via the Services.
If the Services include email, instant messaging and/or text messaging, the following applies: Include in the message’s subject line an appropriate description of the nature of the communication and the Client’s full name in the body of the message. Review all electronic communications to ensure they are clear and that all relevant information is provided before sending to the Provider. Ensure the Provider is aware that you have received an electronic communication from the Provider, such as by a reply message or allowing “read receipts” to be sent. Take precautions to preserve the confidentiality of electronic communications, such as using screen savers and safeguarding computer passwords. Withdraw consent only by email or written communication to the Provider.
If the Client requires immediate assistance, or if the Client’s condition appears serious or rapidly worsens, the Client should not rely on the Services. Rather, the Client should call the Client’s doctor’s office or take other measures as appropriate, such as going to the nearest Emergency Department. (See ‘Crisis and Emergencies’)
Payment of Services
Online Session fees are set in accordance with the recommended fee range for providers in private practice established by the Ontario Association of Social Workers (“OASW”). The Service is HST exempt. RSWs and RPs are authorized as “medical practitioners” and according to the Canada Revenue Agency, fees paid for Services can be claimed as a medical expense deduction when filing income tax returns. Hasu is not funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). The standard cost for a one hour (60 minutes) Online Session is $75.00 (HST exempt) and can be used for video counselling and talk (audio only) counselling. The standard cost for one half hour (30 minutes) of text counselling is $35 (HST exempt).
The Client represents and warrants that (i) the Client has the legal right to use any credit card(s) or other payment method(s) in connection with any Purchase; and that (ii) the information the Client supplies is true, correct and complete.
Hasu reserves the right to refuse or cancel the Client’s order at any time including but not limited to product or service availability; errors in the description or price of the product or service; error in the Client’s order; or if fraud or an unauthorized or illegal transaction is suspected. Hasu will not be held responsible, or liable for, any failure for the Purchase to be complete, or any resulting loss or damages to the Client.
Payment for services is expected prior to the Client’s Online Session. The Client can pay for Services by debit card or credit card. Each subsequent Session will be automatically debited. An e-mailed receipt will be provided to the Client at the time of the online payment. If applicable, direct billing to insurance companies is available.
Hasu provides direct billing with major insurance companies based on the Client's remaining amount that is applicable. The fee may not be covered under the Client’s employer’s group benefits package and the Client needs to discuss the issue with the Client’s employer or union and is not the responsibility of the Provider. If the client has a group benefits plan with any of the insurance companies listed on the Hasu website, completion by the Client of the Hasu Insurance Form is required. Hasu will obtain verification from the Client's insurance company of coverage levels. The Client is responsible for any fees not covered by the Client’s insurer.
The content, organization, gathering, compilation, magnetic translation, digital conversion and other matters related to this site are protected under applicable copyrights, trademarks and other proprietary (including but not limited to) intellectual property rights. The copying, redistribution, use or publication by the Client of any such content or any part of this site is strictly prohibited. The Client does not acquire ownership rights to any content or document obtained through this site. The posting of information or materials on this site does not constitute a waiver of any right in such information and materials.
The Client agrees to indemnify and hold Hasu eCounselling harmless from any liability, loss, claim and expense, including reasonable attorney fees, related to the Client's violation of the Terms. Hasu providers on the Hasu eCounselling Provider Network are independent professionals and are NOT employees of Hasu eCounselling or Hasu Behavioural Health Inc.
The Client's right to use this site is not transferable. Any password or right given to the Client to obtain access is not transferable.
Changes to Terms of Service
Hasu reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms at any time. If a revision is made, Hasu will make reasonable efforts to provide at least thirty (30) days' notice prior to any new terms taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at Hasu’s sole discretion. By continuing to access or use the Service after those revisions become effective, the Client agrees to be bound by the revised Terms. If the Client does not agree to the new Terms, in whole or in part, these Terms of Services (as amended) are immediately terminated and no further Services shall be provided.
Client Acknowledgment and Agreement
By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, the Client acknowledges that he/or she has read and fully understands the Terms of Service and acknowledges to be bound by the provisions herein.
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