1) The Health Commission person (a nurse) is willing to get me a parking permit: "If your client can not request a permit perhaps the ordering Physician/NP/PA without identifying information other than the client's neighborhood might be useful if you want a permit"
I'm not sure quite what that's supposed to mean, but it sounds as if they will respect a person's privacy if a physician tells them to, but not if a licensed mental health counselor tells them to. Discrimination based on type of disability, anyone? I wrote back and said that I'm not aware if the person has a physician, but I'm a licensed mental health counselor who is happy to sign anything they'd like me to, and was told that in that case, I should ask the person's family members to go to the visitor parking place and disclose the personal information the person doesn't want disclosed.
(I'm getting really tired of the unsolicited advice about what I should do with a client about whom I've purposely not given any details, as well as the serious disrespect from a fellow healthcare professional who continually assumes that I don't know how to make clinically appropriate decisions regarding my client.)
2) Various agencies, such as Early Intervention and an in-home therapy program for teens, have permits assigned to their agency. They aren't required to provide any sort of list of clients they see. The permits cost more than for an individual provider, but the city apparently relies just on the professionalism of the licensed clinicians as enough assurance that the staff aren't parking in Somerville for nefarious purposes.
But since I'm self-employed, I have to provide my client's identifying info? What.