Join LAC in Defending the Privacy Rights of People with Substance Use Disorders
It’s not too late to submit comments defending patients’ privacy rights and urging SAMHSA not to weaken the confidentiality protections in 42 CFR Part 2. The Trump Administration’s current set of proposals would weaken judicial oversight of undercover law enforcement agents in SUD treatment programs, permit more data to flow to third-party payers, contractors, and healthcare providers, and create a confusing loophole for certain oral disclosures of patient records.
As Legal Action Center writes in our comments: Expanding law enforcement access to confidential treatment information would discourage people from seeking or staying in treatment – particularly for individuals living in areas that are already heavily policed (i.e., communities of color, immigrant communities, and low-income neighborhoods). Read Legal Action Center’s full comments here. You can also adapt our template for submitting your own comments, here.
IMPORTANT DEADLINE: The comment period for the proposed changes to Part 2 ends tomorrow, October 25, 2019, at 5pm. You may submit comments electronically through the eRulemaking Portal.
Thank you for your work defending patient privacy. If you have any questions about the proposed changes or how to submit a comment, please contact LAC’s Director of Policy, Gabrielle de la Gueronniere, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Legal Action Center: Established in 1973, the Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of substance use disorder, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.