Child, Adult and Forensic Psychiatry

What to Expect

There are important differences between Dr. Kaplan’s role as a forensic expert and a clinician performing an evaluation and treatment for a psychiatric condition. As a forensic evaluator, Dr. Kaplan does not perform treatment. In such circumstances Dr. Kaplan may be asked to complete a written report or to give expert testimony. In such circumstances confidentiality obligations are modified. By contrast, Federal HIPAA regulations and medical ethical obligations preclude the sharing of personal information in the context of the patient-physician relationship. Information will only be released with the written permission of the patient.

Dr. Kaplan encourages questions about issues of confidentiality and his methodology at any point during the evaluation or treatment.

Issues of confidentiality with teenagers can be a highly sensitive matter. New York State Health Regulations grants teenagers confidentiality regarding specific areas of concern including sexuality, substance abuse and mental health issues, which the teenager may not want to share with parents. Dr. Kaplan encourages the teenager to be open with the parents, but confidentiality will only be broken in cases in which there is a life threatening condition or in which the patient poses a risk to himself or others.

In the initial session, Dr. Kaplan discusses his approach to either the forensic evaluation or to the psychiatric evaluation.

Dr. Kaplan is on the North Shore/LIJ health insurance panel. Payment is expected at the time of treatment or the evaluation.

Dr. William Kaplan, MD

29 Barstow Road
Great Neck, NY 11021
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350 Central Park West, 13th Floor, Suite I
New York, NY 10025-6505
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Tel: 516-466-2597