Confidentiality Information about you can only be released by this office with your written consent. Your consent can be revoked at any time. Substance abuse records are covered by Federal Law (CFR-42, Part 2), and cannot be released without your written consent, except by court order. There are some situations when information you provide to your physician or therapist is required by Virginia law to be reported to the appropriate agency. For example, if a child, elderly or disabled person is being physically abused, or if a patient is threatening bodily harm to self or others. Mental health professionals are also required to report ethical/legal violations by prior therapists.