Data Privacy/Family Involvement

Glossary of Terms: Data Privacy and Family Involvement in Care

HIPAA is the acronym for The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.   The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers consumer information about the act on their website.  HIPAA has several parts, one being the required protection and confidential handling of protected health information.

Because of this, mental health providers might believe they are unable to speak with family members about their loved one with mental illness.

The Family Involvement Law can help family members get limited, but important information about their loved one.  The law is part of data practices and can assist families in getting information in order to help them provide support and advocacy.  Learn more about the law and how it works.


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