THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL AND DRUG AND ALCOHOL RELATED INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Information about your treatment and care, including payment for care, is protected by two federal laws: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) and the Confidentiality Law. Under these laws the program may not say to a person outside of the program that you attend the program, nor may the program disclose any information identifying you as an alcohol or drug abuser, or disclose any other protected information except as permitted by the federal laws referenced below.
The program must obtain your written consent before it can disclose information about you for payment purposes. For example, the program must obtain your written consent before it can disclose information to your health insurer in order to be paid for services. Generally, you must also sign a written consent before the program can share information for treatment purposes or for health care operations. However, federal law permits the program to disclose information in the following circumstances without your written permission:
- To program staff for the purposes of providing treatment and maintaining the clinical record;
- Pursuant to an agreement with a business associate (e.g. Clinical laboratories, pharmacy, record storage services, billing services);
- For research, audit or evaluations (e.g. State licensing review, accreditation, program data reporting as required by the State and/or Federal government);
- To report a crime committed on the program’s premises or against program personnel;
- To medical personnel in a medical/psychiatric emergency;
- To appropriate authorities to report suspected child abuse or neglect;
- To report certain infectious illnesses as required by state law;
- As allowed by a court order.
Before the program can use or disclose any information about your health in a manner which is not described above, it must first obtain your specific written consent allowing it to make the disclosure. Any such written consent may be revoked by you in writing. (NOTE: Revoking a consent to disclose information to a court, probation department, parole office, etc. may violate an agreement that you have with that organization. Such a violation may result in legal consequences for you.)