Primary care practices have been working to integrate behavioral health as part of the Rhode Island Foundation grant “Implementation and Evaluation of Integrated Behavioral Health Model in Primary Care” pilot program. Each quarter, CTC sponsors a learning network opportunity based on the recommendations from the participating primary care practice sites. The October learning program featured expert guest speakers Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D, Professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College; and Robert P. Landau, BS, JD, shareholder and seasoned litigator at the law firm of Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Pierce, Inc.,
Their presentations focused on:
- Rhode Island Law and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Common scenarios that may call for selective sharing of sensitive information between health care and behavioral health professionals
- Informed consent about confidentiality and exceptions
- Special considerations involving minors
- RI policy favoring Patient-Centered Medical Home
More information on their presentations can be found here: Addressing Confidentiality and Disclosure Issues: Behavioral Health Professionals in Primary Care and Integrated Behavioral Health: Ethical Considerations.