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Privacy & Liberty Debates: Do Consumers Protections Hamper Effective Treatment?

May 6, 2014, the National Council on Behavioral Health hosted a follow-up presentation to the Opening Closed Doors Conference held in June 2013 in Philadelphia focusing on privacy and liberty issues. 
Presentation Overview:

An individual with a mental illness that interferes with judgment, self-interest, self-preservation, and safety represents a profound challenge for families and clinicians. Privacy laws like HIPAA and FERPA that limit communication and liberty laws that assert individual choice began as patient protections. However, these often become rigid rules and procedures that can exceed patient needs and even common sense. Good intentions spawned these laws, but in practice they can interfere with or delay the delivery of necessary care and crucial communication between caregivers and families. How can a coalition of consumers, family members, advocates and professionals agree upon and pursue clear goals and specific plans that can ‘open closed doors’ in the areas of privacy and liberty? In so doing, how can we improve the lives of people with mental illness, their families, and their communities?

Pete Early, Journalist and Award winning Author
Michael Hogan,  Independent Advisor and Consultant, Hogan Health Solutions LLC
Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
Lloyd Sederer, Medical Director, New York State, Office of Mental Health 
Joe Pyle, President, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health System
Download the Presentation including the Live Polling Results from the Audience  

A preview of the Twitter discussion right before, during, and after the presentation:



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