Subject: New CoE-PHI Resource Available: How to Obtain Consent in Case of Emergency

New Resource Available:

How to Obtain Consent in Case of Emergency

It is important to proactively obtain patients' emergency contact information.

This resource describes practical considerations for Part 2 programs when seeking written patient consent to share information during an emergency.

Key Points

  • Patients have the right to maintain the confidentiality of their treatment records.

  • When notifying the emergency contact, remember to follow the consent form: only the individuals listed on the consent form should be notified, and information should be limited to the minimum necessary amount that is described on the form.

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This resource was supported by SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award with 100% funded by SAMHSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.


Funded by SAMHSA, the CoE-PHI develops and disseminates resources, training, and TA for states, healthcare providers, school administrators and individuals and families to improve understanding and application of federal privacy laws and regulations, including FERPA, HIPAA, and 42 CFR Part 2, when providing and receiving treatment for substance use and mental health.


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