Division Policy 2.03


Confidentiality and Release of Client Information


November 19, 1999


April 22, 2013


This policy will be reviewed and updated as needed.


To ensure the confidentiality and privacy of client information.


34 CFR 361.38


One of the rights common to all DBS rehabilitation programs is the right to confidentiality.  Referral, applicant, and client information must be safeguarded.  New employees and volunteers of DBS must know the procedures concerning the release of confidential information.  Evidence of this understanding is required by signing DBS-019 Form - Compliance with Confidentiality Procedures.

Florida Statutes state that applicant and client records are confidential (FS 413.012).  All oral and written records, information, letters, and reports pertaining to rehabilitation programs under DBS are confidential and must not be made available for public disclosure.  Anyone who releases or discloses such records, information, or communications without proper authorization may be found guilty of a misdemeanor in the second degree. 

The major Federal and State requirements are summarized subsequently:

Original signed by Aleisa McKinlay, Director, on April 22, 2013.

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