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  •  The disclosure of personal health and behavioral (1+ / 0-)
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    health information is protected by HIPAA.

    HIPAA Privacy Rules for the Protection of Health and Mental Health Information

    The Privacy Rule protects all “protected health information” (PHI), including individually identifiable health or mental health information held or transmitted by a covered entity in any format, including electronic, paper, or oral statements.
    http://www.omh.ny.gov/...

    The allow does allow disclosure at times:
    Providers may disclose PHI that they believe necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent physical threat to a person or the public, when such disclosure is made to someone they believe can prevent or lessen the threat (including the target of the threat).
    But as someone who works in behavioral health, I can tell you that the improper disclosure of phi is a big deal.

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