To improve treatment outcomes and promote continuity of care, it may be essential for staff at different programs to share client information about treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. The resources in this section are meant to explain when programs and providers can receive and re-disclose substance use disorder treatment information and mental health information.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has announced proposed changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Patient Records under 42 CFR part 2 ("Part 2"). This HHS Fact Sheet describes the proposed changes.
This CoE-PHI video, featuring the perspectives of individuals with lived experience, is meant to illustrate for mental health and substance use treatment providers why confidentiality is so important to their patients’ treatment process.
Special thanks to the individuals who bravely shared their stories with us.