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  632.392.  Release of patient involuntarily detained, duties of department — educational materials — disclosure of confidential information — "care provider" defined. — 1.  Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection 1 of section 630.140, a mental health program and any treating physician, upon release of a patient who was committed or who is civilly detained and consents to voluntary treatment during the course of the inpatient stay pursuant to section 632.150, 632.155, 632.300, 632.305, 632.330, 632.335, 632.340, 632.350, 632.355 or 632.375:

  (1)  Shall provide to the patient and his care provider a written packet of educational information developed and supplied by the department of mental health describing symptoms of common mental illnesses, early warning signs of decompensation, and availability of other education, community and statewide services.  The packet shall also include the telephone number of the department of mental health information line and information specific to the laws and procedures addressing civil detention and guardianship;

  (2)  May disclose confidential treatment information to the primary care provider or care providers, when such information is medically necessary for the provision of appropriate health care or treatment by the care provider or is related to the safety of the patient or care provider.

  2.  Prior to disclosure of the information specified under subdivision (2) of subsection 1 of this section, the mental health facility shall provide written notice to the patient; request in writing the consent of the patient; work with the patient and care provider to encourage and secure appropriate patient authorization; function as a mediator, negotiating the boundaries of confidentiality to meet the needs of the client and care provider; and work with the client to stress the importance of keeping the care provider informed and involved with his treatment process.  If the patient refuses to consent and the treating physician deems the information is medically necessary for the appropriate provision of health care or treatment by the care provider or is related to the safety of the patient or care provider, the information may still be released to the appropriate care provider.  The reason for the intended disclosure, the specific information to be released and the persons to whom the disclosure is to be made, even if consent has not been obtained, will be provided to the client and care provider.  All these procedures shall be documented by the treating physician in the client record, including a specific notation as to whether client consent was given.

  3.  As used in this section, the term "care provider" means the person or persons who can demonstrate that they are primarily responsible for the health care of the person with a mental illness.  The term does not apply to any person providing care through hospitals, nursing homes, group homes or any other such facility.

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(L. 1996 S.B. 884 & 841)


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