I work in inpatient psych and was assaulted by a patient. I decided I wanted to file a police report to cover my bases, but will likely not press charges as it won't ever go anywhere due to it being a patient with multiple psychiatric diagnosis that could cause this type of behavior.
My job basically told me that I could not do any of this because in order to file a police report I would have to give them identifying information about the patient which violates HIPAA (especially because mental health patients are extra protected). However, the police say that HIPAA (mental health or not) does not apply when it is a matter of a criminal investigation and that I can talk to them and give them information (like patient first and last name).
I tried to find a lawyer to speak with that was unaffiliated, but they charge a ton of money just to give me advice and I can't come close to affording it (especially since I likely will not press charges). Anyone have any basic advice they can give on this subject?