2018 Alaska Statutes
Title 47. Welfare, Social Services, and Institutions
Chapter 30. Mental Health
Article 10. Patient Rights.
Sec. 47.30.845. Confidential records.

Universal Citation: AK Stat § 47.30.845 (2018)

Information and records obtained in the course of a screening investigation, evaluation, examination, or treatment are confidential and are not public records, except as the requirements of a hearing under AS 47.30.660 — 47.30.915 may necessitate a different procedure. Information and records may be copied and disclosed under regulations established by the department only to

(1) a physician or a provider of health, mental health, or social and welfare services involved in caring for, treating, or rehabilitating the patient;

(2) the patient or an individual to whom the patient has given written consent to have information disclosed;

(3) a person authorized by a court order;

(4) a person doing research or maintaining health statistics if the anonymity of the patient is assured and the facility recognizes the project as a bona fide research or statistical undertaking;

(5) the Department of Corrections in a case in which a prisoner confined to the state prison is a patient in the state hospital on authorized transfer either by voluntary admission or by court order;

(6) a governmental or law enforcement agency when necessary to secure the return of a patient who is on unauthorized absence from a facility where the patient was undergoing evaluation or treatment;

(7) a law enforcement agency when there is substantiated concern over imminent danger to the community by a presumed mentally ill person;

(8) the department in a case in which services provided under AS 47.30.660 — 47.30.915 are paid for, in whole or in part, by the department or in which a person has applied for or has received assistance from the department for those services;

(9) the Department of Public Safety as provided in AS 47.30.907; information provided under this paragraph may not include diagnostic or clinical information regarding a patient.

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