The Virginia Peer Support team is pleased to announce that they are accredited by the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Services.
All communication between you and a peer supporter is CONFIDENTIAL and must be considered privileged by the Department, except for matters which involve a threat to life or a serious or dangerous violation of the law or policy.
VAPSA believes that Peer Supporters shall not be interviewed, nor shall they be required to discuss details of a support session with any other employer personnel.
The Virginia Peer Support Association has long championed the need for confidential communications for its Peer Supporters. Dr. Greenberg was an early advocate of this enlisting Senator Bill Carrico (ret.) help in establishing important landmark legislation for this, see below.
Code of Virginia § 19.2-271.4. Privileged communications by certain public safety personnel.
Privileged communications by certain public safety personnel. A person who is a member of a critical incident stress management or peer support team, established pursuant to subdivision A 13 of § 32.1-111.3, shall not disclose nor be compelled to testify regarding any information communicated to him by emergency medical services or public safety personnel who are the subjects of peer support services regarding a critical incident. Such information shall also be exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (§ 2.2-3700 et seq.) Full Code Section <HERE>
Code of Virginia § 32.1-111.3. (13) Statewide Emergency Medical Services Plan; Trauma Triage Plan; Stroke Triage Plan Full Code Section <HERE>
13. Establishing and maintaining a process for crisis intervention and peer support services for emergency medical services personnel and public safety personnel, including statewide availability and accreditation of critical incident stress management or peer support teams and personnel. Such accreditation standards shall include a requirement that a peer support team be headed by a Virginia-licensed clinical psychologist, Virginia-licensed psychiatrist, Virginia-licensed clinical social worker, or Virginia-licensed professional counselor, who has at least five years of experience as a mental health consultant working directly with emergency medical services personnel or public safety personnel