Confidentiality Guidance Updated

From: Haugh, John - DWD
Sent: Monday, October 6, 2014 1:08 PM

Subject - Confidentiality Guidance Updated

The DVR Confidentiality Guidance has been revised. Updates made include:

Language clarifying a release does not allow DVR to have ongoing sharing of information with a family member or advocate that is not the consumer's legal guardian.

Link to a Q & A from the Information Center regarding ongoing sharing of information and tips for keeping family members and or advocates informed of appropriate case information.

Effective Date

October 6, 2014

This Replaces

All previous versions of the Confidentiality Guidance Piece.

Why is this change being made?

Questions were raised on if DVR was allowed to share ongoing sharing of information with parents/ family members or other advocates who were not the consumers legal guardian. There was inconsistent practices occurring across the state.

Action Required

All DVR staff must review the updated Confidentiality Guidance and Directors/Supervisors should ensure the entire guidance piece is discussed in their WDA/Team meetings. There are several common scenarios provided within the guidance that may be helpful for staff to review.

Confidentiality Guidance

Please consult with your WDA Director or VR Supervisor if you have questions related to these updates.

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