Seeking Care Outside Your Agency
You have the right to see a doctor who is not working with your agency to make sure that your reproductive health information stays private. For example, if you want to be tested for a sexually transmitted infection (STI), you don't have to tell your caseworker or foster parent. You can get tested on your own and you can keep your results private. You can go to any of the centers listed in the resource guide at the end of this handbook for confidential, low-cost (or free) testing. You can also call (800) 232-4636 or visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/std-clinics.shtml for a list of confidential HIV and STI testing sites in New York City.
Your foster care agency is required to provide you with referrals if you decide not to see an agency doctor and you ask for help finding a doctor outside the agency. If you don't want to ask your foster parent or agency for help, you can find a doctor on your own. You can always ask your attorney or check out this handbook's resource guide. You can also go to any doctor who takes Medicaid and use your Medicaid number to get care.
If you have any difficulty getting help finding an outside doctor (including getting your Medicaid number), you should contact your attorney. If you need to see a doctor for emergency contraception, because you think you may have an STI, or for any other time-sensitive treatment, your caseworker cannot tell you that you have to wait for an appointment with the agency doctor. You have the right to receive prompt treatment, and you can go outside the agency to get it.