Please review the Billy's Buddies confidentiality policy below, then electronically sign and date your application.
As a Billy’s Buddies participant, it is important to know that the Melanoma Foundation of New England works very hard to protect the privacy of both the volunteers and patients. Because the relationship between the Volunteer Buddy and the patient is an important one and can best be developed when trust is established, both parties must agree to maintain confidentiality. It is critically important that both parties agree not to share with others the information that is exchanged in conversations and correspondences. This information should not be shared with family, friends, co-workers or others or discussed in public settings or places where information could be easily overheard. Written correspondence, contact logs and written patient information must be kept confidential and disposed of in a manner that would maintain confidentiality (torn, shredded).
Because the safety and well-being of both parties are of the utmost importance to the Melanoma Foundation of New England, the Foundation will provide support to the members of the Billy’s Buddies program. Supervision and peer support are an important part of being a volunteer. Volunteer Buddies need to be able to count on the support of professionals and Foundation staff. Patients need to understand that while privacy will be respected, information may be shared within these boundaries. Both parties understand that, in the context of supervision or support, or if either party is concerned about the safety or well-being of the other, or about the relationship, content of conversations/correspondences will be shared. Under these conditions, information may be shared, with as much respect to privacy as possible (i.e. exclusion of last names), with a Foundation staff member involved in the Billy’s Buddies program, a medical team member or an emergency professional.