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.