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DISCLAIMER

This site and any shared links and posts provide general information, experiences and discussion about mental wellness and lifestyles for informative and educational purposes only. The information on Bridging the Gap is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Bridging the Gap makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained on or available through this web site, and such information is subject to change without notice.


You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this page with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard profession medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read or accessed through this page. Bridging the Gap does not recommend, endorse or make any representation about the efficacy, appropriateness or suitability of any specific tests, products, procedures, treatments, services, opinions, health care providers or other information that may be contained on or available through this web site. Bridging the Gap is not responsible nor liable for any advice, course of treatment, assessment, diagnosis, or any other information, services or products that you obtain through this page. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

TERMS OF USE

By using this site, you signify your assent (agreement) to these Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree to all of these Terms and Conditions of use, do not use this site!


This Site Does Not Provide Medical Advice


The contents of the Bridging the Gap site are intended for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on Bridging the Gap. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.


The Site may contain health- or medical-related materials that are sensitive in nature. If you find these materials offensive, you may not want to use our Site. The accuracy, reliability, completeness, currentness, or timeliness of the Content, software, text, graphics, links, or communications provided on or through the use of Bridging the Gap is “as is” … Bridging the Gap is not liable for any information of materials that may have expired or changed since time of publication. this extends to our contributors, sponsors and any ads.


Use of Content


Bridging the Gap authorizes you to view or download content and/or materials on our site solely for your personal, noncommercial use. Please contact Bridging the Gap administration if you wish to seek expanded usage of our materials.


User Submissions


Users agree not to upload or transmit any communications or content of any type to the public areas such as blogs, forums and comments sections that infringe or violate any rights of any party. By submitting communications or content, you agree that such submission is non-confidential for all purposes.


If you submit any business-related proposals, ideas or concepts to Bridging the Gap, you agree such submission is non-confidential for all purposes. If you wish to keep information proprietary or private, please contact us prior to submitting it.


To maintain accuracy for users of Bridging the Gap, we ask that if you post any health or medical information outside of your own personal experience, that you please provide references with your post; for example, a link to that specific information. This helps readers of your posts determine the accuracy of any mental health or medical information, as well as leading them to additional information.


We also request all users of Bridging the Gap to post only information that is true and correct to the best of their knowledge. However, as a user, please remember that nothing on this website should replace the doctor-patient relationship and it should not be construed as medical, mental health or health advice meant specifically for you.


Public Areas (Social Media and Forums)


When participating in forum discussions, making comments on blogs or social media, you are solely responsible for your own communications and the consequences of posting those communications. Bridging the Gap is not responsible for the consequences of any communications in the these public areas.


While moderating content, Bridging the Gap has full discretion to delete messages we deem inappropriate. Users are encouraged to read the specific forum rules displayed in each discussion forum first before participating in that forum. Under no circumstances are posts related to advertising or marketing efforts permitted. Demeaning and offensive language will also not be tolerated, and any user violating terms of use or displaying unacceptable etiquette may be banned at Bridging the Gap’s discretion.


The following actions shall constitute a material breach of these terms and conditions:


  1. Posting material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others;
  2. Posting material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person or entity as determined by Bridging the Gap’s in its sole discretion;
  3. Posting advertisements or solicitations of business;
  4. After receiving a warning, continuing to disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, or posting comments that are not related to the topic being discussed (unless it is clear the discussion is free-form);
  5. Posting chain letters or pyramid schemes;
  6. Impersonating another person;
  7. Distributing viruses or other harmful computer code;
  8. Harvesting or otherwise collecting information about others, including email addresses, without their identification for posting or viewing comments; consent;
  9. Allowing any other person or entity to use your identification for posting or viewing comments
  10. Posting the same note more than once or “spamming”; or
  11. Engaging in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Bridging the Gap’s public areas or the site as determined by Bridging the Gap’s discretion.

Bridging the Gap reserves the right (but is not obligated) to do any or all of the following:


  1. Record the dialogue in public chat rooms.
  2. Investigate an allegation that a communication(s) do(es) not conform to the terms of this section and determine in its sole discretion to remove or request the removal of the communication(s).
  3. Remove communications which are abusive, illegal, or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with these Terms and Conditions.
  4. Terminate a user’s access to any or all public Areas and/or Bridging the Gap upon any breach of these Terms and Conditions.
  5. Monitor, edit, or disclose any communication in the Public Areas.
  6. Edit or delete any communication(s) posted on Bridging the Gap, regardless of whether such communication(s) violate these standards.

Bridging the Gap reserves the right to take any action it deems necessary to protect the personal safety of our guests or the public. Bridging the Gap has no liability or responsibility to users of Bridging the Gap or any other person or entity for performance or nonperformance of the aforementioned activities.


Indemnity


You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Bridging the Gap, its affiliates and content contributors, harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of these Terms and Conditions.


General


Bridging the Gap is based in Clinton and Baltimore, Md., in the United States of America. Bridging the Gap makes no claims that the Content is appropriate or may be downloaded outside of the United States. Access to the Content may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the Bridging the Gap Site from outside the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction.


Jurisdiction


You expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute with Bridging the Gap, or in any way relating to your use of the Bridging the Gap Site, resides in the courts of the State of Maryland, county of Howard, and you further agree and expressly consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction in the courts of the State of Maryland, County of Howard in connection with any such dispute including any claim involving Bridging the Gap or its affiliates and content providers.


These Terms and Conditions are governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of Maryland, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or any other term or condition.


Thank you for accepting these terms. We hope you find the help you need at Bridging the Gap. Questions or comments regarding this website or offline Bridging the Gap activities, should be directed via the contact page.

STATEMENT OF PRIVACY

Bridging the Gap respects the privacy of our users. Bridging the Gap will never willfully disclose information about its customers to any third party without first receiving that customer’s permission. This policy statement tells you how we collect information from you and how we use it.


A cookie is a file that identifies you as a unique user. It stores personal preferences and user data. Bridging the Gap, like most online experiences uses cookies. Cookies are used only for typical functions that help with using the site such as preferences.


Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, note that some parts of the site may not function properly if you refuse cookies.


Links to Other Sites


Users should be aware that when you are on Bridging the Gap, you may be directed to other sites. Links to other sites may be present in blogs, ads or resource materials. These other sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data or solicit personal information. Be aware of other sites’ privacy statements and terms of use.


Keeping Personal Information Private


Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information online while commenting, participating in forum discussions, etc., that information can be collected and used by people you don’t know. Bridging the Gap cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online, and you do so at your own risk


Bridging the Gap policy does not extend to anything that is inherent in the operation of the Internet. There are many online situations that can be categorized as beyond Bridging the Gap’s control.


We reserve the right at our discretion to make changes to this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for changes as Bridging the Gap’s site continues to evolve.

HIPPA COMPLIANT: Your Privacy Is Important . . .