2011 Connecticut Code
Title 52 Civil Actions
Chapter 899 Evidence
Sec. 52-146e. Disclosure of communications.

      Sec. 52-146e. Disclosure of communications. (a) All communications and records as defined in section 52-146d shall be confidential and shall be subject to the provisions of sections 52-146d to 52-146j, inclusive. Except as provided in sections 52-146f to 52-146i, inclusive, no person may disclose or transmit any communications and records or the substance or any part or any resume thereof which identify a patient to any person, corporation or governmental agency without the consent of the patient or his authorized representative.

      (b) Any consent given to waive the confidentiality shall specify to what person or agency the information is to be disclosed and to what use it will be put. Each patient shall be informed that his refusal to grant consent will not jeopardize his right to obtain present or future treatment except where disclosure of the communications and records is necessary for the treatment.

      (c) The patient or his authorized representative may withdraw any consent given under the provisions of this section at any time in a writing addressed to the person or office in which the original consent was filed. Withdrawal of consent shall not affect communications or records disclosed prior to notice of the withdrawal.

      (1969, P.A. 819, S. 2, 3; P.A. 82-160, S. 65.)

      History: P.A. 82-160 rephrased and reorganized section.

      Cited. 169 C. 223. Psychiatrist-patient privilege not waived and testimony of psychiatrist hired by state, but not as a result of court order, held inadmissible. 178 C. 626. Cited. 190 C. 813. Cited. 191 C. 453. Cited. 192 C. 166. Cited. 197 C. 326. Cited. 199 C. 693. Before privilege is applied court should conduct voir dire for purpose of determining existence of impeaching evidence in order to protect constitutional right of confrontation. 201 C. 211. Cited. Id., 244. Cited. 205 C. 386. Cited. 211 C. 555. Cited. 212 C. 50. Cited. 218 C. 85. Cited. 221 C. 447. Cited. 223 C. 450. Cited. 225 C. 450; Id., 700. Cited. 228 C. 1. Cited. 235 C. 185; Id., 595. Cited. 236 C. 514; Id., 625. Cited. 238 C. 313. Cited. 242 C. 666. Statute reflects public policy against suit by patient's former spouse. 250 CA 86. Legislative intent was not to give courts discretion to override privileged communication. 254 C. 321. The broad sweep of the statute covers not only disclosure to a defendant or his counsel, but also disclosure to a court even for the limited purpose of an in camera examination. 289 C. 411. Section does not impose an obligation on the holder of the privilege to state expressly to whom the records cannot be disclosed, rather the statute indicates that the holder of the privilege must state in writing to whom the documents may be disclosed and for what purpose. Id. There is no authority to support the proposition that the defendant has a right, even when the complaining witness' credibility is central to the case, to have her confidential records produced directly to him. Id.

      Psychiatric patient privilege and defendant's right to confrontation discussed. 1 CA 384. Cited. 8 CA 216. Cited. 10 CA 103. Cited. 14 CA 552. Secs. 52-146d-52-146j also cited. Id. Cited. 15 CA 222. Cited. 17 CA 174. Cited. 18 CA 273. Cited. 19 CA 304. Cited. 20 CA 101. Cited. 24 CA 287. Cited. 25 CA 653; judgment reversed, see 223 C. 52. Cited. 30 CA 839. Cited. 33 CA 647. Cited. 35 CA 94; judgment reversed, see 235 C. 185. Need for information to institute claim creates compelling countervailing interest that requires disclosure of limited information. 50 CA 694. Cited. 52 CA 408.

      Subsec. (a):

      Cited. 217 C. 243. Cited. 230 C. 43.

      Psychiatrist-patient privilege cannot be overridden by provisions of Sec. 19a-14(a)(10). 14 CA 552. Cited. 33 CA 253.

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