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SAMHSA News - July/August 2004, Volume 12, Number 4

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HIPAA Publication Available

SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) recently released an educational document that compares the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulation (42 CFR Part 2) with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule (45 CFR Parts 160 and 164).

The Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records Regulation and the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Implications for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Programs is a summary that highlights the most significant areas in which the two Federal regulations interact. The document is targeted to substance abuse treatment programs that already comply with the Part 2 regulations but that require direction about how to integrate the Privacy Rule into their business and clinical processes.

Subject areas include the applicability of the Privacy Rule, how the Privacy Rule affects disclosures of information, when disclosures are permitted, patient rights, administrative requirements, and security issues.

For more information on HIPAA, see SAMHSA News, January/February 2004, online at

For more information, contact Sarah A. Wattenberg, the SAMHSA HIPAA Coordinator, at; for information about Part 2 regulations, contact Dr. Kirk James at CSAT at

A print copy of the publication will be released soon. For availability, check with the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345. Telephone: 1 (800) 729-6686 (English or Spanish) or 1 (800) 487-4889 (TDD). The document can be viewed at the SAMHSA's Web site at End of Article

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Inside This Issue

Older Adults: Improving Mental Health Services
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
    Older Adults—Related Content:
  • From the Administrator: Mental Health for Older Americans
  • Resources for Older Adults
  • Targeted Capacity Expansion Sites
  • Countering Stigma
  • Prescription Drugs & Alcohol Don't Mix
  • Increases in Substance Abuse Treatment
      Chart—All Admissions, 2001
  • Safety Tips on Medicines & Alcohol

    Stigma and Mental Illness: SAMHSA Raises Awareness

    SAMHSA Unveils Strategic Prevention Framework

    In Brief…
  • HIPAA Publication
  • Publications in Spanish
  • Children's Program Kit
  • ADSS Cost Study

    Behind the Numbers: SAMHSA's Survey on Drug Use

    For Many Youth, Summer Means First-Time Substance Use
    Related Content:  
  • Chart—First Time Substance Use
  • Young Drivers Report

    SAMHSA Releases Updated Directory of Treatment Programs

    Tip 40—Buprenorphine Treatment: Guide for Physicians

    Treatment Admissions Increase for Opiates, Marijuana, Methamphetamine

    Drug-Abusing Mothers Place Their Children at Risk

    Non-medical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers Increases

    Recovery Month Toolkit Now Available

    SAMHSA Revamps Agency Web Site, Improves Usability

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    SAMHSA News - July/August 2004, Volume 12, Number 4

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