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PDFWAC 246-341-0650

ClinicalAccess to clinical records.

Each agency licensed by the department to provide any behavioral health service must:
(1) Provide access to an individual's clinical record at the request of the individual or, if applicable, the individual's designated representative, or legal representative, or both. The agency must:
(a) Ensure that any material confidential to another person, agency, or provider is not redisclosed.
(b) Make the clinical record available to the requester within fifteen days of the request.
(c) Allow appropriate time and privacy for the review.
(d) Have a clinical staff member available to answer questions.
(e) Assure the charge for duplicating or searching the record is at a rate not higher than the "reasonable fee" as defined in RCW 70.02.010.
(2) Make an individual's clinical record available to department staff as required for department program review.
(3) If the agency maintains electronic individual clinical records, the agency must:
(a) Make the clinical record available, in paper form if requested; and
(b) Meet the criteria in subsections (1) and (2) of this section.
(4) When an individual receiving mental health services is under the supervision of the department of corrections (DOC), make information available to DOC, in accordance with RCW 71.05.445. The information released does not require the consent of the individual.
[Statutory Authority: 2018 c 201 and 2018 c 291. WSR 19-09-062, § 246-341-0650, filed 4/16/19, effective 5/17/19.]
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