Notwithstanding the general confidentiality protections of Welf. & Inst. Code 5328, when the patient, in the opinion of his or her psychotherapist, presents a serious danger of violence to a reasonably foreseeable victim or victims, then any of the information or records may be released to that person or persons and to law enforcement agencies as the psychotherapist determines is needed for the protection of that person or persons.
(a) Insurers shall make medical records available to the Department of Developmental Services or a regional center upon request, so long as (1) the department/regional center certifies that the individual is an applicant/recipient of services for the developmentally disabled or the California Early Intervention Program; or is a person who is legally responsible for the applicant or recipient; and (2) the department/regional center is in certifiable compliance with all state and federal laws pertaining to the confidentiality of medical information.
All information and records acquired in the course of providing intake, assessment, and services to persons with developmental disabilities shall be confidential. Information and records are to be disclosed only as provided in this section.
The State Department of Health Care Services and Social Services may utilize an entity (contractor, county consortia, nonprofit providers, partnerships) to develop and complete a comprehensive plan pertaining to statewide eligibility and enrollment determination process for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, the Medi-Cal program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
This chapter which governs the appeal procedure, shall not be interpreted to force a physician, psychologist, social worker, nurse, attorney, or other professional person to reveal information provided in confidence by the family of an applicant or recipient of developmentally disabled services.
The department shall determine guidelines for WIC recipient eligibility, including that the recipient be at nutritional risk. A health professional shall determine if a person is at nutritional risk through a medical or nutritional assessment and data submitted to the department.
Petitioners for conservatorship appointment must provide supplemental information regarding: the proposed conservatee's inability to provide for his physical health, food, clothing and shelter needs; the location for proposed conservatee residency; alternatives to conservatorship and why they are unavailable; health and social services provided to the proposed conservatee for the previous year; and the proposed conservatee's inability to handle his finances. Supplemental information shall be confidential and provided on a form separate from the actual petition.
An authorized employee of the welfare department may disclose confidential information about a deceased public social services applicant or recipient to any law enforcement agency upon request from such agency.