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Other Uses and Disclosures that Do Not Require Permission

This Notice describes how Identifiable Health Information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.

This Revised Notice of Privacy Practices is effective as of February 17, 2010. If you have any questions about this notice, please contact the Center for Disability Services (CFDS) Privacy Officer, at 518-944-2129.

In addition to treatment, payment and health care operations, CFDS will use your health/clinical information without your permission for the following reasons:

  • When we are required to do so by federal or state law;
  • For public health reasons, including prevention and control of disease, injury or disability, child abuse or neglect, reactions to medication or problems with products, and to notify people who may have been exposed to a disease or are at risk of spreading the disease;
  • To report domestic violence and adult abuse or neglect to government authorities if you agree of if necessary, to prevent serious harm;
  • For health oversight activities, including audits, investigations, surveys and inspections and licensure. These activities are necessary for government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
  • For judicial and administrative proceedings, including hearings and disputes. If you are involved in a court or administrative proceeding we will disclose health/clinical information if the judge or presiding officer orders us to share the information.
  • For law enforcement purposes, in response to a subpoena or other legal process, to identify a suspect or witness or missing person, regarding a victim of a crime, a death, criminal conduct at the facility and in emergency circumstances to report a crime;
  • Upon your death, to coroners or medical examiners for identification purposes or to determine cause of death and to funeral directors to allow them to carry out their duties;
  • To organ procurement organizations to accomplish cadaver, eye, tissue or organ donations in compliance with state law;
  • For workers compensation, to the extent authorized by and to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to workers’ compensation or other similar programs established by law.
  • For research purposes when you have agreed to participate in the research of an Institutional Review Board;
  • To prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of others.
  • To authorize federal officials for intelligence and other national security activities authorized by law or to provide protective services to the President and other officials.
  • To correctional institutions or law enforcement officials if you are an inmate and the information is necessary to provide you with health care, protect your health and safety or that of others, or for the safety of the correctional institution.
  • To governmental agencies that administer public benefits if necessary to coordinate the covered functions of the programs.