I had to go to court today for a hearing to get the order for MST services removed. I had letters/evaluation from psychiatrists (2) saying exactly what therapy difficult child needed and MST therapist testified that he didn't think this was appropriate therapy for our situation right now and GAL even seconded the motion. Problem- MST therapist then testified that he thought we needed family therapy because I had been resistant to signing full release forms from other docs of difficult child's and he thought this was sending wrong message to difficult child. Then, PO and GAL said they had seen that resistance from me, too. Ok, I did refuse to sign full release forms to MST guy because he was trying to take over treatment plan and change it from what was recommended by the 2 psychiatrists I had evaluate difficult child. But, I never refused any info to GAL or PO. Furthermore, I do have an issue with PO because 1) when I said difficult child needed a case manager, she said no he didn;t, she was the case manager. Then she started asking difficult child detailed questions about where he was mentally/emotionally and it was getting into things that we haven't even dealt with in therapy yet. So, I don't think she should be given all his mental health records. On top of that, I have spent a VERY long time trying to get difficult child to feel like going to therapist is a safe place to discuss his personal issues without having to worry about everyone else confronting him with it all. How else can he get to a point of dealing with underlying issues? Anyway, judge ordered in my favor with one exception- she ORDERED me to sign release forms to GAL and PO. I didn't even think this was legal. What about the HIPPA laws? I don't mind so much about the GAL and I wouldn't mind about the judge having release forms- they are professional and knowledgable enough not to confront difficult child about these things. But the PO wants to confront and ask about them all. I called the PO's supervisor to see if I could get a change in PO and he just started the explanantion of what they do so I said never mind. If she just wanted a release to confirm dates of service, type and effectiveness, I wouldn't have a problem. But I can't let her have all medication records then try to discuss these issues with difficult child- I will have to tell him not to expect confidentiality with the docs- then how effective will it be? I have a call into GAL now. I plan to tell her that we can work it out one way or another, and I hope I don't end up in contempt of court, but I am not going to lie to difficult child and tell him to spill his guts to a therapist because it's confidential if it is not confidential. I'm so frustrated- one part of me wishes they would just lock me up and give me a break!! The attny told me if I did go in to contempt of court, I faced a fine or jail, or having difficult child taken away. GEEZ! For this? Where are their brains? Aren't they supposed to be a little interested in his best interest and in what can provide the most help? They aren't paying for this- I am.