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A victim of domestic violence, whether or not a party to the action, has a privilege to refuse to disclose, and to prevent another from disclosing, a confidential communications between the victim and a domestic violence counselor in any proceeding specified in Section 901 if the privilege is claimed by holder of privilege, person authorized by holder, or domestic violence counselor.

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A report assessing child custody and visitation rights shall include (1) a summary of a written report from any therapist treating the child for suspected child sexual abuse, reports from other professionals, and the results of any forensic medical examination and any other medical examination or treatment that could help establish or disprove whether the child has been the victim of sexual abuse, (2) any information regarding the presence of domestic violence or substance abuse in the family that has been obtained from medical personnel or records, prior or currently treating therapists, or from interviews conducted or reviewed for this evaluation.

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In applying for participation in program providing name and address confidentiality for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the victim may be required to provide medical information about alleged assaults or violence.

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Specified cities and counties are authorized to create a two-year pilot project for multidisciplinary family justice centers to assist victims of domestic violence, abuse, human trafficking etc. Each center shall maintain an informed client consent policy about potential disclosure of the center's medical and psychological records to other staff members or law enforcement. The center shall comply with all state and federal laws regarding confidentiality of medical records. A victim's consent to share information within the center shall not be construed as a waiver of confidentiality.

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Family Court Services staff are to screen for history of domestic violence incidents by reviewing, inter alia, information from attorneys, shelters, hospital reports, Child Protective Services.

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(f)(2)(E) A family is eligible for temporary and permanent homeless assistance when homelessness is a direct result of domestic abuse or a medically verified physical or mental illness that is not the result of alcohol or drug addiction or psychological stress. These circumstances shall be verified by a third-party governmental or private health and human services agency; domestic violence may also be verified by the victim's sworn statement. The county welfare department shall report necessary data regarding all aid recipients to the State Department of Social Services, as requested.

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In making a determination of the best interest of the child the court shall consider the health, safety, and welfare of the child and any history of abuse by one parent or any other person seeking custody against any child. Under any allegations of abuse, the court may require written reports by law enforcement agencies, child protective services, courts, medical facilities, or other public agencies providing services to victims of sexual assault or domestic violence.

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An application for a domestic violence victim compensation claim may not be denied solely because no police report was made by the victim. Factors evidencing that a domestic violence crime has occurred may include medical records documenting injuries and mental health records.

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A domestic violence death review team may request disclosure of information such as medical information, notwithstanding the prohibitions in other laws.

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(a) A health insurer shall take the following steps to protect the confidentiality of an insured's medical information on and after January 1, 2015: (1) A health insurer shall permit and accommodate an insured's request for medical communication in the form and format requested by the individual, if the insured clearly states either that the communication discloses medical information or provider name and address relating to receipt of sensitive services or that disclosure of all or part of the medical information or provider name and address could endanger him or her; (2) a health insurer may require the insured to make a request for a confidential communication in writing or by electronic transmission; (3) a health insurer may require that a confidential communications request contain a statement that the request pertains to either medical information related to the receipt of sensitive services or that disclosure of all or part of the medical information could endanger the insured. The health insurer shall not require an explanation as to the basis for a insured's statement that disclosure could endanger the insured; (4) the confidential communication request shall be valid until the insured submits a revocation of the request, or a new confidential communication request is submitted; (5) a confidential communications request shall be implemented by the health insurer within seven calendar days of the receipt of an electronic transmission or telephonic request or within 14 calendar days of receipt by first-class mail. The health insurer shall acknowledge receipt of the confidential communications request and advise the insured of the status of implementation of the request if an insured contacts the insurer. ... (c) A health insurer shall not condition coverage on the waiver of rights provided in this section.

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