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N.J. Stat. Ann. § 30:4-24.3 - Confidential nature of certificates, applications, records and reports

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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, a patient’s legal guardian, or a patient’s parent if the patient is a minor, may consent to the disclosure of information relating to their mental health.
Disclosure Without Consent:
Mental health information may be disclosed without a patient’s consent under the following circumstances:
·         As necessary to “carry out any of the provisions of this act or of article 9 of chapter 82 of Title 2A of the New Jersey Statutes”
·         As necessary to investigate to a patient’s ability to pay
·         As necessary to comply with the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 reporting requirements
·         To a relative or friend, a patient’s personal physician, or attorney, regarding the patient’s current medical condition, if the disclosure will benefit the patient
·         Between providers for treatment purposes
Disclosure Pursuant to Court Order:
Confidential information may be disclosed if a court determines that disclosure is necessary to conduct proceedings before it, and that failure to make the disclosure would contravene the public interest.

Current as of June 2015