SAMHSA Regional Public Meeting - Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Public Discussion on Confidentiality and Privacy
Issues Related to Psychological Testing Data

SAMHSA Regional Public Meeting - Chicago
Thursday, October 07, 2010 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Central Time)

Department of Health and Human Services Region 5
233 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1329
Chicago, Illinois 60601
United States

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in close cooperation with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), is conducting a study of the “Confidentiality and Privacy Issues Related to Psychological Testing Data.” This study was specifically called for in section 13424 of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, a component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (P.L. 111-5).

The Issue: HIPAA’s Privacy Rule includes special protections relating to the use and disclosure of psychotherapy notes; should these special protections also be applied to “test data that is related to direct responses, scores, items, forms, protocols, manuals or other materials that are part of a mental health evaluation?”

SAMHSA is hosting a regional public meeting at the DHHS Region 5 office in Chicago, Illinois, on October 7, 2010. This is a chance for you to learn about this issue and express your opinions. Registration is necessary, but there is no charge for attending. Another regional meeting will be held this year in Los Angeles in late November or early December. 

Who should attend?
Mental health professionals
Health care providers and health plans        
Agency administrators
Health information technology experts
Test developers

Date: October 7, 2010

Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM (Please arrive early to allow time to go through the security process.)

Location: Department of Health and Human Services Region 5, 233 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601

Meeting Room: Suite 1329

Lunch: Several restaurants and coffee shops are in the building or nearby.


Contact Information

  • Please contact Lynn Kletzkin at
    301-251-0300, x 214 with any questions you may have.

    Download meeting brochure here.

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