Subject: New Resource: Information Sharing and Confidentiality in School-Based Health Centers

Information Sharing and Confidentiality in School-Based Health Centers

This resource, developed by the School Based Health Alliance in partnership with the National Center for Youth Law, provides guidance to school-based health centers about navigating federal privacy laws that apply to both education and healthcare entities (HIPAA and FERPA).

It explains what information each law protects, when information can be disclosed, how the laws are similar and different, and how they interact with state privacy laws.

Key Points:

  • Healthcare entities and schools are two distinct and complex systems- understanding the federal privacy laws that apply to both systems are crucial to student health outcomes.

  • Many factors (including State Laws, Confidentiality Laws, Minor Consent Laws, and ethical and professional practice standards) shape how information is protected and shared within the parameters of the law.

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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 SUD and mental illness.


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