As health centers continue to integrate behavioral health services to meet their patients' needs for mental health and substance use disorder services, they must be aware of their responsibility to comply with applicable federal, state, and community standard of care confidentiality requirements. This fact sheet is designed to clarify under what circumstances and by what methods behavioral health information may be shared for treatment purposes, including discussion of HIPAA and Title 42 CFR Part 2.
Important NACHC Library Content Note: This technical assistance resource was developed prior to the August 2017 release of the Health Center Compliance Manual by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). The BPHC Compliance Manual, issued August 2017, indicates where PINS, PALs and other program guidance are now superseded or subsumed by the BPHC Compliance Manual.
This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).