JMFF has worked with lobbyists and legislators to help secure lifesaving changes in HIPAA that were signed into law in July in the Family Mental Health Act. JMFF wording incorporated into law now allows licensed mental health professionals to share the diagnoses, treatment plans, medications and medication related instructions of a patient with a serious mental illness to an identified responsible caregiver if that information is necessary to protect the health, safety, or welfare of the individual or general public. It also allows educational agencies or institutions to disclose an education record to the caregiver of the student if a physician, psychologist, or other recognized mental health professional believes such disclosure to the caregiver is necessary to protect the health, safety, or welfare of such student or the safety of one or more other individuals. In the addiction fight, immediate notification of any change in a patient’s status is critical. The reality of patients fighting addictions like in Jordan’s case - as many others like him have- died because medical providers failed to notify his parents or doctors that he was in danger. These new changes will prevent further instances...
“We have to start recognizing addiction is a disease. We hope this will help patients come out of the shadows and get on the road to recovery as well. Heroin does not know socio-economics. Heroin does not know ZIP codes.”
DailyNorthShore.com. July 24, 2016