Privacy Policy

The Staten Island Mental Health Society, Inc. (SIMHS) has created this Privacy Policy to explain why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy within our Web site (the “Site”).

We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy as well as our Terms and Conditions of Use. SIMHS reserves the right at any time and without notice to change this Privacy Policy simply by posting such changes on our Site. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting. You have the opportunity, and we encourage you, to review this Privacy Policy each time you use the Site so that you are aware of any modification made to the policy. By using this Site, you indicate that you agree with all terms of this Privacy Policy. You may not use this Site if you do not agree with all of the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, this Privacy Policy notifies you of:

  1. What personally identifiable information of yours is collected through this Site;
  2. Who collects such information;
  3. How such information is used;
  4. With whom your information may be shared;
  5. What choices you have regarding collection, use and distribution of your information;
  6. What kind of security procedures are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control; and
  7. How you can correct any inaccuracies in your information.

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to Elizabeth Traynor, Senior VP/Chief Clinical Officer, at etraynor@simhs.org.  Please reference this Privacy Policy in your subject line.

What Information We Collect and How We Use That Information:

Our registration forms require users to give us contact information that may include name, email address, address, phone number and similar information. We do not request or store social security numbers of our visitors or credit card numbers, except on our donation page, discussed below. On some pages of our Site, you have an opportunity to communicate with us by email. We use the information you provide to us in order to (i) communicate with you in connection with your use of our Site, (ii) respond to your questions or (iii) send you material or information that you request. We may also use information you provide to provide you with email messages and other information regarding our services.

Internet Protocol Address:

We collect an IP address from all visitors to our Site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. We may use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, administer our Site, analyze trends, track users’ movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use in order for us to improve the Site.

Use of “Cookies”:

Our Site may use cookies to enhance your experience while using our Site. Cookies are pieces of information that some Web sites transfer to the computer that is browsing that Web site and are used for record-keeping purposes at many Web sites. Your browser is probably set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you can generally alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our Site will not function properly when you view them.

Disclosure to Others:

Except in the limited circumstances stated in this policy, we do not sell, rent or otherwise disclose the personal information of our Site’s visitors to unaffiliated third parties. We may disclose your information to service providers who assist us in operating the Site or providing our services. We may also disclose such information if and when we believe it is necessary to comply with any rule, law, court order or subpoena or to enforce our legal rights or the rules of this Site or to protect our organization, or in connection with any business combination of our organization with a third party. As described in more detail in the “Donation” section below, in connection with donation transactions, we (or a third party) will collect data furnished by you in order to complete the transaction. This information may also be transmitted to a third party in order to complete the transaction.

Security:

Private information provided to SIMHS via the Site may be transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. We also protect account information by placing it on a secure portion of our Site that is only accessible by certain qualified employees of SIMHS. Unfortunately, however, SIMHS cautions visitors to the Site that no network, including the Internet, can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. While we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information.   Accordingly, we cannot be responsible for loss, theft, misuse, alteration, corruption or unauthorized acquisition of personal information provided to our Site, or for any damages resulting from such loss, corruption or unauthorized acquisition. By using this Site, you understand and acknowledge that data and communications, including email and other electronic communications, may be accessed by unauthorized third parties when communicated over the Internet.

Other Web Sites:

Our Site contains links to other Web sites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another Web site for which SIMHS has no responsibility and such sites are not governed by this Privacy Policy. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on all such sites as their policies may be different than ours.

Donations:

SIMHS currently uses TransFirst and Authorized.Net to process donations. Gateway services are provided by Authorize.net. When you make a donation, the information you provide is sent to, handled by and stored by such entities in accordance with their policies.

Children:

No minor under the age of 13 should conduct any transactions or submit any personal information on our Site. SIMHS does not ask for or knowingly collect personal, individually identifiable information from children through the Site.

Contacting the Web Site:

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, you can contact:  Rose Marie Belfini, Sr. VP/Chief Administrative Officer at rbelfini@simhs.org.