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Summary:

County systems of care serving children 15 to 21 years of age that require interagency collaboration, agreements, or protocols shall not impinge upon the requirements of the confidentiality of medical information or information maintained by a county agency or department.

Summary:

All information and records obtained in the course of providing mental health services, developmental services, services for the developmentally disabled, community mental health services, and services in state, federal, and county mental hospitals and institutions and psychiatric hospitals, to either voluntary or involuntary recipients of services shall be confidential.

Summary:

Notwithstanding the general confidentiality protections of Welf. & Inst. Code 5328, information and records shall be disclosed to a probation officer charged with the evaluation of the person after his or her conviction of a crime if the professional person in charge of the facility determines that the information is relevant to the evaluation. The agreement shall only be operative until sentence is passed on the crime of which the person was convicted. The confidential information released pursuant to this subdivision shall be transmitted to the court separately from the probation report and shall not be placed in the probation report. The confidential information shall remain confidential except for purposes of sentencing. After sentencing, the confidential information shall be sealed.

Summary:

In the event of the death of hospitalized patient by any cause, the State Department of Mental Health, the physician in charge of the patient, or person in charge of the facility, shall release information acquired while providing services to the patient under Division 5, 6, or 7 to the coroner unless such disclosure is prohibited under this section. Information about the personal life of the patient that is unrelated to the diagnosis and treatment of the patient's physical condition shall not be released. Any information released to the coroner shall not become part of the public record.

Summary:

The State Department shall publish annual reports about the operation of this division. Each local mental health director and each facility providing services pursuant to this division shall provide the Department any information, records and report which the department requests and finds necessary for such report. The department shall not have access to any patient name identifiers.

Summary:

Any person who reasonably believes a mentally disordered or developmentally disabled person is the victim of a crime may report it a local law enforcement agency. The information in the report will not be considered confidential and the person making the report is not criminally or civilly liable for reporting such.

Summary:

In determining whether a person falls under the definition of mental disorder, the court should consider the historical course of the person's disorder including evidence presented by those who have provided mental health services to the patient, the patient's medical records, psychiatric records, or evidence volunteered by family, the patient, or any other person designated by the patient.

Summary:

The agency responsible for establishing a system to protect and advocate the rights of persons with developmental disabilities shall have access to the records of a person with developmental disabilities who resides in developmental disabilities facility if the agency receives a complaint from the person and obtains consent for such disclosure and the person does not have a legal representative.

Summary:

If a person is a danger to others or himself or is severely disable due to a mental disorder, a peace officer or other designated person make take such person into custody and place them in a mental health facility for treatment and evaluation if there is probable cause. The facility must require that an application be filled out stating the condition which led to the belief of probable cause.

Summary:

The peace officer transporting a person to a mental health facility for assessment shall complete documentation of the circumstances and observations constituting probable cause leading the officer to believe that the person needed psychiatric evaluation.

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