There is no Physician-Patient Privilege in a proceeding to commit the patient or otherwise place him or his property, or both, under the control of another because of his alleged mental or physical condition. (No privilege in a mental illness trial to prevent the introduction of testimony of doctors who have been appointed by the court, 35 Op.Atty.Gen. 226 (1960).)
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, access to records and information pertaining to a minor child, including, but not limited to, medical, dental, and school records, shall not be denied to a parent because that parent is not the child's custodial parent.
Within 48 hours of placing a child into a foster or kinship care, the placing agency shall provide the caretaker with any prescribed medications in agency possession and instructions for their use and information about any treatments that are in effect for the child at the time of placement.
Whenever a court orders a hearing terminating parental rights or establishing guardianship of children adjudged dependent children of court, the court shall direct the agency supervising the child and the licensed county adoption agency or the State Department of Social Services to prepare an assessment that includes an evaluation of the child's medical, developmental, scholastic, mental, and emotional status.
Except as per 123115 and 123120, patients, minor patients authorized to consent to medical treatment, and any patient representatives shall be entitled to inspect patient records upon written request and payment of clerical costs. Such persons shall also be entitled to copies of patient records. Health care providers are prohibited from withholding patient records because of unpaid bills.
Mandated reports required by law, and child abuse or neglect investigative reports filed with the Department of Justice, shall be confidential and may be disclosed only to certain persons or agencies, including: the State Department of Social Services, "hospital scan teams" (i.e.
Information and records made confidential in the provision of mental health and developmental services, services for the developmentally disabled, services to those admitted and judicially committed to mental hospitals and institutions, etc., may be disclosed to a county social worker, a probation officer, or any other person legally authorized to have custody/care of a minor, for the purpose of coordinating health care services and medical treatment, mental health services, or services for developmental disabilities, for the minor.
Mental health care patients discharged from a facility, and the patient's conservator, guardian, or other legally authorized representative, shall receive an aftercare plan. Plan must include nature of illness and medication. Patient can designate another person to receive copy of plan.
Execution of written consent form for psychotherapeutic procedure shall be entered into the patient's treatment record. If the entry of the consent form copy be deemed an unlawful invasion of privacy, then the form shall be maintained in a confidential manner and place, The consent form shall be available to the person, and his attorney, guardian, and conservator.