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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: May 2, 2017 10:51 AM
From: Representative Eric R. Nelson
To: All House members
Subject: Heather’s Law: Revocation of Consent to Disclose Information in Drug and Alcohol Treatment
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation which will change the notification requirements when a patient in drug or alcohol treatment revokes a consent to disclose information which was previously provided to a family member, spouse, legal guardian or other trusted individual.

Presently, the law allows a patient to consent to the release of information in Section 8 of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act. However, when a patient decides to leave treatment against medical advice, the patient can revoke the consent to disclose and the individual designated to get the information will not be notified of this revocation.

As a result of this current policy, parents in my community were not aware their daughter had checked out of a drug treatment program until the police notified them of their daughter’s overdose death.

My changes would only provide notification to the designated person that consent was revoked. It will not allow that individual to receive any information once the revocation is signed by the patient.

I hope that you will join me in cosponsoring this legislation. Thank you.