Law students help mental health providers decipher privacy laws

A group of University of Iowa law students is helping health care and social service agencies negotiate an array of federal and state health privacy laws to better help mental health and substance abuse clients get the services they need. The group was led by Clinical Professor of Law, Len Sandler. Sandler says that it’s even more important for Iowans to understand the rules governing the release of mental health information in light of the shootings and deaths in Connecticut. The Iowa legislature might also consider reviewing state law as part of the mental health redesign initiative.

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