2010 Georgia Code
O.C.G.A. 37-4-126 (2010)
TITLE 37 - MENTAL HEALTH
CHAPTER 4 - HABILITATION OF THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED GENERALLY
ARTICLE 5 - RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED PERSONS UNDERGOING HABILITATION, THEIR REPRESENTATIVES, ETC., GENERALLY
PART 2 - RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES AS TO MANNER OF HABILITATION AND AS TO MAINTENANCE AND RELEASE OF CLINICAL RECORDS
§ 37-4-126 - Right of client to examine his records and to request correction of inaccuracies; promulgation of rules and regulations; judicial supervision of files and records relating to proceedings under this chapter
37-4-126. Right of client to examine his records and to request correction of inaccuracies; promulgation of rules and regulations; judicial supervision of files and records relating to proceedings under this chapter
(a) Except as provided in subsection (c) of Code Section 37-4-122, every client shall have the right to examine all medical records kept in the client's name by the department or the facility where the client was receiving services.
(b) Every client shall have the right to request that the department or facility correct any inaccurate information found in his medical record.
(c) The board shall promulgate reasonable rules and regulations to implement subsections (a) and (b) of this Code section. Nothing contained in this Code section shall be construed to require the deletion of information by the department nor constrain the department from destroying client records after a reasonable passage of time.
(d) Notwithstanding paragraphs (7) and (8) of Code Section 15-9-37, all files and records of a court in a proceeding under this chapter shall remain sealed and shall be open to inspection only upon order of the court, issued after notice to the client and subject to the provisions of Code Section 37-4-125 pertaining to the medical portions of the record, provided that the court may refer to such files and records in any subsequent proceeding under this chapter concerning the same client, on condition that the files and records of such subsequent proceeding will then be sealed in accordance with this subsection. The court may permit authorized representatives of recognized organizations compiling statistics for proper purposes to inspect and make abstracts from official records but without personal identifying information and under whatever conditions upon their use and distribution that the court may deem proper, and the court may punish by contempt any violations of those conditions. Otherwise, inspection of the sealed files and records may be permitted only by an order of the court upon petition by the person who is the subject of the records and only by those persons named in the order.
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