The State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs shall not require that a narcotic treatment program disclose the identity of patients or former patients or any records containing identifying information except as provided in Health & Safety Code 11845.5
All personal information and records obtained by the county for its alcohol and drug programs are confidential and may be disclosed only in instances outlined in Welf. & Inst. Code 5328. Violations will be subject to penalties.
The identity and records of any patient maintained in connection with the performance of any alcohol and other drug abuse treatment shall be confidential and only disclosed with prior written consent of the patient unless the disclosure is to a qualified profession person employed in the treatment program, qualified medical persons to the extent necessary to meet a medical emergency, qualified personnel conducting research but such a person may not identify the patient.