Legal

A. Fees and Program Policies

Download a PDF or our Fees policy here.

Within the limits of its resources, JCA serves people of all faiths and from all walks of life. Indeed, we try to be as inclusive as possible in all that we do. Sometimes, however, JCA may deny a person or group the option to enroll or to continue to participate in all or particular programs and services. We reserve the right to do so, at our sole discretion, should we believe that our action is in the best interest of the individual or program or for any other reason not precluded by applicable law.

B. Fundraising Parameters

Download a PDF of our Fundraising Parameters here.

C. Information We Collect

JCA collects two types of information about you when you visit our site: personal information (including, by way of example only, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and credit card number), and non-personal, aggregate information (such as information regarding the pages on our site you have visited and your IP address).

1. Personally Identifiable Information

The only personally identifying information that we collect and store about you is the information that you have chosen to provide to us.  For example, if you wish to sign up for a program offered on our site, we will have to collect your personal information to respond to your request.  If you request to be put on our mailing list, we will collect your name, address, e-mail address, and other information necessary to respond to your request.  Additionally, if you send us an e-mail requesting information about JCA or otherwise ask us a question, we may collect your name, address, e-mail address and other personal information so that we can respond to your request or question.  We may also from time to time send you e-mail and postal correspondence regarding products and services that we believe may be of interest to you.

Furthermore, if you chose to make a donation or purchase other services from the JCA website, we will collect the personally identifiable information necessary to complete your request.

2. Non-Personally Identifiable Information

We may collect and use non-personally identifiable information about you in the following ways:

  • Your Internet Protocol (IP) address or the proxy address of your Internet Service Provider (e.g. AOL, CompuServe, Comcast, etc.);
  • The resource on the JCA server accessed as a result of the request, such as the web page, image, etc.;
  • The query in the request;
  • The name and version of your web browser;
  • The content of any sent or received cookie, as defined below;
  • The Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) that was accessed before making the request for JCA’s web server.

Cookies

Some parts of the JCA website may use a “cookie” – a file placed on your computer hard drive allowing the JCA server to log the pages accessed in the JCA site to determine if you have visited before.  This cookie captures no personally identifying information.  You may set your browser to warn you when placement of a cookie is requested, and decide whether or not to accept it.  Please note that by rejecting a cookie some of the features available on the site may not function properly.

D. Loss, Misuse or Alteration of Information - Security

We make every effort to have reasonable security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of information under our control, including using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to collect and transmit your information.  This software encrypts all of your person information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read as the information travels over the Internet.

E. Misler Center Privacy Practices

Misler Adult Day Center
1801 East Jefferson Street
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (301) 468-1740 fax : ( 301) 468-9207

Effective Date     April 1, 2003

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL/ HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information; to provide you this detailed Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices relating to your health information; and to abide by the terms of the Notice that are currently in effect.

I.USES AND DISCLOSURES FOR TREATMENT, PAYMENT AND HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS

The following lists various ways in which we may use or disclose your health information for purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations.

For Treatment. We will use and disclose your health information in providing you with treatment and services and coordinating your care and may disclose information to other providers involved in your care. Your health information may be used by doctors involved in your care and by nurses and home health aides, as well as by physical therapists, podiatrists, suppliers of medical equipment or other persons involved in your care. For example, we may contact your physician to discuss your plan of care.  We may disclose your health information to our medical director who is available for consultations with staff, as needed.

For Payment. We will use and disclose your health information for billing and payment purposes. We may disclose your health information to an insurance or managed care company, Medicare, Medicaid, or another third party payor. For example, we may contact your health plan to confirm your coverage or to request prior approval for services that will be provided to you.

For Heath Care Operations. We may use and disclose your health information as necessary for health care operations, such as management, personnel evaluation, education and training and to monitor our quality of care. We may disclose your health information to another entity with which you have or had a relationship if that entity requests your information for certain of its health care operations or health care fraud and abuse detection or compliance activities.  For example, health information of many participants may be combined and analyzed for purposes such as evaluating and improving quality of care and planning for services.

II.  SPECIFIC USES AND DISCLOSURES OF YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION

The following lists various ways in which we may use or disclose your health information.

Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care. Unless you object, we may disclose your health information to a family member, or close personal friend or other person you identify, including clergy, who is involved in your care.

Emergencies We may use or disclose your health information as necessary in emergency treatment situations.

As Required By Law. We may use or disclose your health information when required by law to do so.

Public Health Activities. We may disclose your health information for public health activities. These activities may include, for example reporting to a public health authority for preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability; reporting elder abuse or neglect; or reporting deaths.

Reporting Victims of Abuse, Neglect or Domestic Violence.  If we believe that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence, we may use and disclose your health information to notify a government authority, if authorized by law, or if you agree to the report.

Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose your health information to a health oversight agency for oversight activities authorized by law, such as audits, investigations, inspections and licensure actions or for activities involving government oversight of the health care system.

To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety.  When necessary to prevent a serious treat to your health or safety or the health or safety of the public or another person, we may use or disclose health information, limiting disclosures to someone able to help lessen or prevent the threatened harm.

Judicial and Administrative Proceedings. We may disclose your health information in response to a court or administrative order. We may disclose information in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process; efforts must be made to contact you about the request or to obtain an order or agreement protecting the information.

Law Enforcement. We may disclose your health information for certain law enforcement purposes, for example, to comply with reporting requirements; to comply with a court order, warrant or similar legal process; or to answer certain requests for information concerning crimes.

Research. We may use or disclose your health information for research purpose if the privacy aspects of the research have been reviewed and approved, if the researcher is collecting information in preparing a research proposal, if the research occurs after your death or if you authorize the use or disclosure.

Coroners, Medical Examiners, Funeral Directors, Organ Procurement Organizations. We may release your health information to a coroner, medical examiner, and funeral director or, if you are an organ donor, to an organization involved in the donation of organs and tissue.

Disaster Relief. We may disclose health information about you to a disaster relief organization.

Veterans.  The center may use or disclose health information for purposes related to receiving benefits from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Workers’ Compensation. We may use or disclose your health information to comply with laws relating to workers’ compensation or similar programs.

Fundraising Activities. We may use certain limited contact information for fundraising purposes or may provide contact information to the Jewish Council for the Aging™.

Appointment Reminders. We may use or disclose health information to remind you about appointments.

Treatment Alternatives. We may use or disclose health information to inform you about treatment alternatives and health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.

III.USES AND DISCLOSURES WITH YOUR AUTHORIZATION

Except as described in this Notice, we will use and disclose your health information only with your written authorization. You may revoke an authorization in writing at any time. If you revoke an authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your health information for the purposes covered by that authorization, except where we have already relied on the authorization.

IV.YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION

Listed below are your rights regarding your health information. These rights may be exercised by submitting a request to the Center. Each of these rights is subject to certain requirements, limitations and exceptions. At your request, the Center will supply you with the appropriate form to complete.  You have the right to:

Request Restrictions. You have the right to request restrictions on our use or disclosure of your health information for treatment, payment or health care operations. You also have the right to request restrictions on the health information we disclose about you to a family member, friend or other person who is involved in your care or the payment for your care.

We are not required to agree to your requested restriction (except that while you are competent you may restrict disclosures to family members or friends.). If we do agree to accept your requested restriction, we will comply with your request except as needed to provide you emergency treatment.

Access Personal Health Information. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of your medical or billing records or other written information that may be used to make decisions about your care, subject to some limited exceptions. We may charge a reasonable fee for our costs in copying and mailing your requested information.

We may deny your request to inspect or receive copies in certain limited circumstances. If you are denied access to personal health information, in some cases you will have a right to request review of the denial. This review would be performed by a licensed health care professional designated by the center who did not participate in the decision to deny.

Request Amendment. You have the right to request amendment of your health information maintained by the Center for as long as the information is kept by or for the Center. Your request must be made in writing and must state the reason for the requested amendment.

We may deny your request for amendment if the information (a) was not created by the Center, unless the originator of the information is no longer available to act on your request; (b) is not part of the health information maintained by or for the Center; (c) is not part of the information to which you have a right of access; or (d) is already accurate and complete, as determined by the Center.

If we deny your request for amendment, we will give you a written denial including the reasons for the denial and the right to submit a written statement disagreeing with the denial.

An Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to request an “accounting” of our certain disclosures of your health information. This  listing of disclosures made by the Center or by others on our behalf, but this does not include disclosures for treatment, payment and health care operations or certain other exceptions.

To request an accounting of disclosures, you must submit a request in writing, stating a time period beginning after April 13, 2003 that is within six years from the date of your request. The first accounting provided within 12-months period will be free; for further requests, we may charge you our costs.

Request a Paper Copy of This Notice You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this Notice, even if you have agreed to receive this Notice electronically. You may request a copy of this Notice at any time.

Right to Request Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that we communicate with you concerning health matters in a certain manner. We will accommodate your reasonable requests.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO FILE A COMPLAINT

IF you have any questions about this Notice or would like further information concerning your privacy rights, please contact Elinor Ginzler, Senior Director of the JCA Cahnmann Center for Supportive Services, at (301) 468-1740.

If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint in writing with the center or with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We will not retaliate against you if you file a complaint.

To file a complaint with the Center, contact Elinor Ginzler of JCA at (301) 468-1740. To file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, send a written statement to Office for Civil Rights-Region I, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, JFK Federal Building Room 1875, Government Center, Boston, MA 02203.

CHANGE TO THIS NOTICE

We reserve the right to change this Notice and to make the revised or new Notice provisions effective for all health information already received and maintained by the Center as well as for all health information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current Notice in the Center. We will provide a copy of the revised Notice upon request.

Revised:  July 2, 2010

F. Privacy / HIPAA

Privacy Policy

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The Jewish Council for the Aging™ of Greater Washington (“JCA”) is committed to maintaining the privacy of your personal information.  The following discloses our policy for gathering and disseminating information for this website.  If you have any questions about your rights as a user of this service, you may contact our Executive Office.

This privacy policy contains information about JCA’s commitment to your privacy, including:

  • The information we collect and how we use it [See Item C on Legal page of website];
  • Your right to access or update your personally identifiable information and your right to opt-out of receiving communications from us [see Item H on Legal page of website]; and
  • Our pledge to have reasonable security measures in place to protect against loss, misuse, or alteration of information under our control [see Item D on Legal page of website]

Note: This privacy policy only applies to JCA’s web site located at www.AccessJca.org, and not to JCA’s offline practices or to practices of third parties affiliated with JCA. This online privacy policy does not apply to the websites of other companies, affiliates, individuals, or organizations to which we may provide links.  These websites may have different polices relating to your privacy and information they collect about you.  Visitors should consult the other sites’ privacy policies. 

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on our privacy policy so you will always be aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.  If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner materially different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify you by way of e-mail.  You will then have a choice as to whether or not we may use your information in this manner.  We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

Special Policy Regarding Information for Children Less Than Thirteen Years of Age

JCA is not targeted to children under the age of 13, and we do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from any child under the age of 13 without parental consent.  When we receive such information, we delete it as soon as we discover it and do not use it or share it with third parties.

Effective Date: July 30, 2007

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Standards

Jewish Council for the Aging™ of Greater Washington (JCA) recognizes that client information is sensitive and, as such, must be treated carefully and responsibly.  It is the policy of the entire organization to carry out its functions in such a manner so as to respect the confidentiality of all its clients.  The purpose of this Compliance Program is to establish a framework to guide the Albert and Helen Misler Adult Day Center (Misler Center) to use and disclose protected health information in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Standards.  It will also assist JCA’s Misler Center in responding to participants who wish to exercise their health information rights.

According to the HIPAA regulations, the Misler Center is the only covered entity within the Jewish Council for the Aging™ and, therefore, by definition, a “hybrid entity.”   However, it is the policy of the workforce and volunteers of JCA, as well as the workforce and volunteers of the Misler Center that individually identifiable health information of Misler participants should be protected.  The Privacy Standards define what information can be disclosed and under what circumstances.  It clearly delineates individuals’ rights in relationship to their protected health information.  These rights are contained in the Misler Center’s “Notice of Privacy Practices,” a document provided to all participants or their representatives.  If there are functions such as fundraising and billing that JCA staff or volunteers perform, only the minimum necessary information, i.e. names and addresses, is used.  Such information is treated as confidential.

Effective Date: January 1, 2008

G. Protection of Clients' Civil Rights

Download PDF of JCA’s Protection of Clients’ Civil Rights here.

Click here to download a PDF of JCA’s Title VI, ADA and EEO Complaint Form.

H. Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

We believe in equal opportunity for all workers, regardless of age, and that 50+ workers should have a level playing field in their ability to compete for and obtain jobs. Recognizing the value of experienced workers, we have proudly signed the AARP “Work Reimagined Pledge” — a promise to recruit across diverse age groups and to consider all applicants on an equal basis as we hire for positions within our organization.

It is the policy of the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington, Inc. to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender or gender identity, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, hiring and promotion of its staff. Moreover, reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and or interview processes in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

If you need accommodation related to human resources, please contact Helda Sheldon, Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer by calling her at 301.255.4242, by emailing her at hsheldon@AccessJCA.org, by sending a fax to her at 301.231.9360 or by mailing a letter to her at JCA, 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852.

A job applicant who believes that he or she has been treated unfairly should put his or her complaint in writing, include as much detail as possible and send the written notice, signed and dated, to David Gamse, Chief Executive Officer, by emailing a scan of the signed letter to him at dgamse@AccessJCA.org;  by sending a fax of the signed letter to him at 301.231.9360 or by mailing the signed letter to him at JCA, 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852.

An employee who believes that he or she has been treated unfairly should follow the procedures listed in the JCA Employee Handbook, which all employees receive at hire.

Updated April 13, 2017

ADA and EEO Comp

Click here to download JCA’s Title VI, ADA and EEO Complaint Form as well as the JCA policy related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act as amended.

Updated May 8, 2017

I. Sharing Your Information with Third Parties

Sharing Your Information with Third Parties

1. Disclosure of Information by JCA

We may share your personally identifiable information with any affiliates, partners, agents or other parties whose products and services may be of interest to you.  If you do not want us to share your information in this manner, please see the “CHOICE” section below.  JCA also reserves the right to disclose your personal and non-personal information if JCA reasonably believes it is required to do so by law; to protect itself or to protect the rights of another user; to reduce the risk of credit or other kind of fraud; or to comply with a court order.

JCA may also share your personally and non-personally identifiable information with third parties that help manage our web site and databases and credit card processing companies.

JCA may share your information with third parties in order to fulfill your request or otherwise complete a service provided to you.

In the unlikely event that all or substantially all of our assets are sold or transferred to another party, your personally identifiable information may be transferred to this acquiring entity.

Though we may also from time to time share your personal information with third parties for research and development purposes, we will not sell your personal information to any third parties, other than as specifically disclosed in this policy.

2. Third Party Links

This website may contain links to other sites. Additionally, third party sites may from time to time link to the JCA website.  PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OR PRACTICES OF ANY OTHER SITES. We encourage our users to read the privacy statements of each and every website that they visit. Our privacy policy applies solely to the JCA website, located at www.accessjca.org.

Choice

JCA provides you with the following choices regarding the use of your information:

  • You may choose not to provide us with any personal information;
  • You may set your browser not to accept cookies, or to warn you when a cookie is being placed on your computer. If you choose not to accept cookies, however, your ability to navigate this website may be hindered;
  • If you would like to unsubscribe to any of our services or would like us to remove you from any of our online mailing lists, please contact David Gamse, Chief Executive Officer, using form below.
  • You may access the personal  information we have collected about you and correct any inaccuracies by contacting David Gamse, Chief Executive Officer, using form below.
  • If you do not want us to share your information, please send an email to David Gamse, Chief Executive Officer, using form below.

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