2011 Connecticut Code
Title 52 Civil Actions
Chapter 899 Evidence
Sec. 52-146h. Transfer of information to Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Storage of records and communications.

      Sec. 52-146h. Transfer of information to Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Storage of records and communications. (a) Any facility or individual under contract with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to provide behavioral health services shall transmit information and records, if requested, to the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services pursuant to his obligation under section 17a-451 to maintain the overall responsibility for the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders or substance use disorders. The Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services may collect and use the information and records for administration, planning or research, subject to the provisions of section 52-146g. The Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services may enter into contracts within the state and into interstate compacts for the efficient storage and retrieval of the information and records.

      (b) Identifiable data shall be removed from all information and records before issuance from the individual or facility which prepared them, and a code, the key to which shall remain in possession of the issuing facility and be otherwise available only to the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services for purposes of planning, administration or research, shall be the exclusive means of identifying patients. The key to the code shall not be available to any data banks in which the information is stored or to any other persons, corporations or agencies, private or governmental.

      (1969, P.A. 819, S. 6; P.A. 82-160, S. 68; P.A. 95-257, S. 11, 13, 58; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8, S. 31, 88.)

      History: P.A. 82-160 rephrased the section and inserted Subsec. indicators; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner, Department and Board of Mental Health with Commissioner, Department and Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services, effective July 1, 1995; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-8 amended Subsec. (a) to apply section to individuals under contract with the department to provide behavioral health services, to delete provision re approval of Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services and to replace reference to the mentally ill with reference to persons with psychiatric or substance abuse disorders and amended Subsec. (b) to change "mental health facility" to "individual or facility", effective July 1, 1997.

      Cited. 169 C. 223. Psychiatrist-patient privilege not waived and the testimony of psychiatrist hired by state, but not as a result of court order, held inadmissible. 178 C. 626. Cited. 191 C. 453. Cited. 211 C. 555. Cited. 236 C. 625. Cited. 238 C. 313.

      Cited. 1 CA 384. Secs. 52-146d-52-146j cited. 14 CA 552. Cited. 19 CA 304. Cited. 24 CA 287.

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