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Confidentiality of information and records - R.I. Gen. Laws § 40.1-24.5-11

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Records and information relating to the mental health of an individual are confidential and privileged to the patient, and may only be disclosed in accordance with the statute.
Disclosure With Consent:
A patient may consent to the disclosure of information relating to their mental health in writing.
Disclosure Without Consent:
Mental health information may be disclosed without a patient’s consent under the following circumstances:
·         To medical or psychiatric personnel in an emergency situation
·         Between providers at the same facility for purposes of delivering services
·         For purposes of program evaluation or research, provided that recipients of the information comply with any rules prohibiting disclosure of patient-identifying information
·         If the patient is deceased, information may be disclosed to the patient’s personal representative, surviving spouse, or next of kin
Disclosure Pursuant to Court Order:
Confidential information may be disclosed pursuant to a court order.

Current as of June 2015