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Confidentiality is a cornerstone of recovery.

Protecting patient privacy opens doors to communication, understanding and trust.

About the laws Protecting health information Understand your rights

The Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information helps providers, patients, and families navigate protected health information (PHI) laws to support patient privacy.

On February 8, 2024, HHS, through SAMHSA and OCR, announced final rule changes to 42 CFR Part 2 (“Part 2”), the federal law that protects the confidentiality of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records. Read more.

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