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CHA’s 2013 Mental Health Law Manual Now Available

CHA’s Mental Health Law manual has been updated to reflect all state and federal legislation, regulations and judicial decisions governing mental health treatment and privacy through June 2013, including the revised HIPAA/HITECH “omnibus” regulation published on Jan. 25. Major changes since the last edition include the use and disclosure of health information, patients’ access to their health information, patients’ right to restrict access to their health information, the Notice of Privacy Practices and other related topics.

“Mental health law is particularly difficult because there are multiple bodies of law,” said Lois Richardson, CHA vice president, privacy and legal publications/education. “In this manual, all laws governing mental health treatment and medical privacy are discussed — the LPS Act, CMIA, HIPAA, the HITECH Act and other state and federal laws.”

CHA presents the various laws in a user-friendly manner to help health care professionals understand the legal requirements, as well as the rights and protections of the patients they serve. For more information or to order the manual, visit