Authorization for Release of Information
Who has the information to be released?
This authorization lasts for one year after the date you sign it unless you enter a different date or expiration here: ______________. This authorization may be canceled in writing at any time. A photocopy/fax of this authorization will be treated in the same way as an original. Your signature indicates that you have read and understand this form, and authorize release of your information as described above. I understand that I may refuse to sign this authorization and that refusal to sign will not affect treatment.
FOR THE RECIPIENT OF THE INFORMATION: If any of the requested records contain information regarding alcohol or drug abuse treatment, it may be protected by Federal confidentiality rules (42 CFR Part 2) and the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA 45 C.F.R. Parts 160 & 164). The Federal rules prohibit you from making any further disclosure of this information unless further use or disclosure is expressly permitted by the written consent of the person to whom it pertains or as otherwise permitted by 42 CFR Part 2 or HIPPA. A general authorization for the use or release of medical or other information is NOT sufficient for this purpose. The Federal rules restrict any use of the information to criminally investigate or prosecute any alcohol or drug abuse patient. Note: Signing this authorization is not a condition to receive treatment, payment, or enrollment/eligibility for benefits unless the authorization is mandatory.