Notwithstanding the general confidentiality protections of Welf. & Inst. Code 5328, personal health information shall be disclosed in communications between qualified professional persons in the provision of services or appropriate referrals, or in the course of conservatorship proceedings. The consent of the patient or his or her guardian or conservator shall be obtained before information or records may be disclosed from a facility providing treatment to a facility which does not have the medical or psychological responsibility for the patient's care.
Notwithstanding the general confidentiality protections of Welf. & Inst. Code 5328, if the recipient of services is a minor, ward, or conservatee, the patient’s information and records can be disclosed to persons designated in writing by his or her parent, guardian, guardian ad litem, or conservator.
Notwithstanding the general confidentiality protections of Welf. & Inst. Code 5328, information and records shall be disclosed to county patients' rights advocates who have been given knowing voluntary authorization by a client or a guardian ad litem. The client or guardian ad litem, whoever entered into the agreement, may revoke the authorization at any time, either in writing or by oral declaration to an approved advocate.
Upon the discharge of a mental health patient, the patient and the patient's conservator, guardian, or other legal representative must be given a written aftercare plan. Such plan should include: nature of the illness and required follow up, medications to be taken, expected course of recovery, recommendations of treatment relevant to the patient's care, referrals to medical and mental health services, and other relevant information. The patient may designate another person to receive a copy of the plan.
In order for the ombudsman office to carry out its duties, the office shall have access to the medical or personal records of a patient or resident that are retained by the long-term care facility under the following conditions: (a) with written consent of the patient/resident if they have the ability to write, (b) with oral consent of the patient with third party witness, (c) with permission of guardian or conservator unless such person is unknown, cannot be reached within 3 working days, or there is reason to believe that such person is not acting in the best interests of the patient
An agency possessing immunization information listed in (c)(1) to (9), if planning to disclose information to an immunization system, shall inform the patient that: the information may be shared, information shared will be treated as confidential, the patient has the right to examine any information shared and correct errors, the patient or their parent or guardian may refuse to allow the information to be shared.
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.