State dismisses residents’ legal rights in pursuing new placements. . .

By law, a patient/resident has to give consent for the release of any medical records or information about them.  For example, if they are pursuing a placement in another facility, before that facility can be provided medical records to evaluate the potential placement, the resident has to sign a release of information.  This is a basic protection provided by both state and federal law to prevent abuse.

The state has instructed case-managers at Somerset Place that residents do not have to sign a release of information before information is provided to potential placements.  I understand the state is in a hurry and very disorganized as they scramble to find new homes for these residents, but I do not believe they have the authority to disregard laws that are very very clear and very specific.  The state is breaking the law and violating residents’ rights.  Ironic.

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