Case Study: Prescription Painkillers
Tami was recently arraigned for a drug charge and was offered treatment in lieu of a conviction. She reportedly has a longstanding history of using a variety of prescription painkillers. Tami is a single mother with two children in elementary school. She has recently been laid off from her job as a home health aide. As the coordinator of the drug court program for your county, you are responsible for putting together a preliminary plan for Tami’s community supervision plan.
Using the module’s readings and the Argosy University online library resources, research methods for developing community supervision plans.
In a minimum of 250 words, respond to the following:
· Describe some of the key aspects that you would include in Tami’s plan.
· Support your ideas from the material from the assigned reading.
Apply APA standards to cite the sources.
Reasons of Addiction
One aspect that is common in completing assessments is securing information from other sources. For instance, it is common for mental health professionals to receive substance abuse clients after the clients have completed other treatment programs. In other instances, clients are coming out of a hospital following detoxification. While it is clearly appropriate and wise to collect this information when completing assessments and when called upon to make referrals, it is important for you to know what you can and cannot do with these collateral reports.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA, Title II) and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 42 CFR Part 2 informs mental health professionals of their responsibilities regarding how to manage a client’s substance abuse records. In particular, redisclosure of an individual’s substance abuse record is generally not allowed.
Often mental health professionals are subpoenaed by the legal system to comment on the progress of clients who have been in drug and alcohol treatment. In such instances, it is important to ensure that the client/offender has provided written consent for the treatment provider to provide a report to the court. Without this permission, a subpoena in and of itself remains insufficient to permit the release of drug and alcohol case information. In such cases, the judge would need to provide an order for a mental health professional to provide this type of information.