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SAMHSA to Host Public Listening Session on Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations

Posted in Behavioral Health, Physical and Behavioral Health Integration

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a public listening session to solicit information regarding the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records Regulations, 42 C.F.R. Part 2.  Under these regulations, a federally assisted substance abuse program generally may only release identifiable patient information related to substance abuse treatment services with the individual’s express consent.

It has been more than 25 years since the confidentiality regulations have been updated.  During this time, significant changes have occurred within the U.S. health care system, including the movement to integrate physical and behavioral health care.  SAMHSA is now responding to concerns raised by a number of organizations that are excluding substance abuse treatment data due to the difficulty and expense of implementing the functionality and workflow changes necessary to comply with current regulations.

In consideration of these challenges, SAMHSA seeks to obtain direct input from stakeholders on updating the regulations.  Click here to read more about the listening session and to register.