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PDFWAC 388-61A-1065

What information may be disclosed?

(1) You may disclose confidential information only when one or more of the following is met:
(a) The client provides informed, written consent to the waiver of confidentiality that relates only to the client or the client's dependent children;
(b) Your failure to disclose is likely to result in a clear, imminent risk of serious physical injury or death of the client or other person;
(c) Disclosure is required under chapter 26.44 RCW;
(d) Release of information is otherwise required by law, court order, or following in camera review pursuant to RCW 70.123.075, with the following additional requirements:
(i) The domestic violence program must make reasonable attempts to provide notice to the person affected by the disclosure of the information; and
(ii) If personally identifying information is or will be disclosed, the domestic violence program must take steps necessary to protect the privacy and safety of the persons affected by the disclosure of information.
(2) Any disclosure of confidential information subject to any of the exceptions set forth in subsection (1) of this section must be limited to the minimum necessary to meet the requirement of the exception, and any disclosure does not void the client's right to confidentiality and privilege on any other confidential communication between the client and the domestic violence program.
(3) In the case of an unemancipated minor, the minor and the parent or guardian must provide the written consent to disclose confidential information. Consent to disclose confidential information must not be given by a parent who has abused the minor or the minor's other parent. In the case of a disabled adult who has been appointed a guardian pursuant to Title 11 RCW, the guardian must consent to disclosure of confidential information if so authorized in the order appointing him or her as guardian, unless the guardian is the abuser of the disabled adult.
(4) To comply with federal, state, tribal, or territorial reporting, evaluation, or data collection requirements, a domestic violence program may disclose aggregated, nonpersonally identifying data about services provided to their clients and nonpersonally identifying demographic information.
(5) You must provide copy of the disclosed information to the client if the client requests it.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.123 RCW. WSR 18-09-015, ยง 388-61A-1065, filed 4/10/18, effective 5/11/18.]
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