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HIPAA vs. SAMHSA: Managing Disclosures when Substance Use Disorders are Involved


Dates: November 29, 2018 - 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Webinar (in conjunction with the Georgia Hospital Association)

Registration Deadline: November 22, 2018

Online registration for this program has closed. Please contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270, if you would like to register for this webinar.

This session focuses on the issues of managing health information when it may involve substance use disorder treatment information.

Pricing Details: $199 - HAP Member / $299 Non-Member

Program Overview

When it comes to information related to the treatment of substance use disorders, regulations of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under 42 C.F.R. Part 2 prevail. Such information may be difficult to separate from "regular" Protected Health Information (PHI) in your records, and there are special rules for its disclosure and re-disclosure. With the current epidemic of opioid abuse, there has been a great deal of publicity around the release of information and the necessity to share information with family and friends to facilitate recovery. In this session, we will review the Health & Human Services (HHS) guidance on how to deal with the regulations and learn how it helps explain some of the rules. 

HIPAA allows a number of disclosures without consent that SAMHSA rules prohibit without consent. We will explain how HIPAA and 42 C.F.R. Part 2 are similar and how they’re different, and what are the additional considerations when substance use disorder information is involved. We will discuss the latest guidance from HHS and SAMHSA about harmonization of HIPAA and 42 C.F.R. Part 2, as well as recent changes to Part 2 and new legislation affecting the sharing of information for treatment when substance use disorder information is involved. Recent significant changes to the rules and expected changes under new law will also be presented and explained.

Program Objectives

At the completion of this program, the participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss how HIPAA allows certain communications without consent that require consent under SAMHSA rule (42 C.F.R. Part 2)
  2. List what kind of services fall under the SAMSHA rules
  3. Explan the changes that have been made to 42 C.F.R. Part 2 over the last few years
  4. Discuss the issues of data identification in organizations that handle both Part 2 and non-Part 2 data
  5. Identify what kind of changes in the rules may be expected in the future to bring HIPAA and 42 C.F.R. Part 2 rules into closer alignment


Jim Sheldon-Dean is the founder and director of compliance services at Lewis Creek Systems, LLC. He is a frequent speaker regarding HIPAA, including speaking engagements at numerous national health care association conferences and conventions, and the annual NIST/OCR HIPAA Security Conference. Jim has more than 16 years of experience specializing in HIPAA compliance, more than 34 years of experience in policy analysis and implementation, business process analysis, information systems and software development, and eight years of experience as a Vermont certified volunteer emergency medical technician. Jim has no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this presentation.

Who Should Attend

Compliance officers, privacy and security officers, health information management leadership and staff, information security, and patient relations, as well as staff that are involved in, or responsible for patient and staff communications, information management, and privacy, and security of Protected Health Information under HIPAA.

Pricing and Registration Information


$199 HAP Member Rate (includes 1 phone line/web connection per site. Additional phone lines will be billed at $199)

$299 Non-Member Rate (includes 1 phone line/web connection per site. Additional phone lines will be billed at $299)

Fee includes handout materials forwarded via email prior to the session.

Registration Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after November 23. There is a $25 administrative fee on all cancellations. Cancellations must be received in writing.

The registration deadline is November 22.

Certificate of Attendance

A general certificate of attendance will be emailed to all participants. Some national, state, and local licensing boards and professional organizations will grant continuing education credits for attendance when you submit the course outline (save the program email) and your certificate of attendance. It is recommended you contact your own board or organization to find out what is required.

How the Webinar Will Work

There is no limit to the number of staff from your office per connection who can tune in to the seminar via speakerphone and computer. Additional connections dialing/logging in will be billed. Enjoy the benefits of attending a live conference without having to leave the office.

Upon receipt of registration, confirmation will be emailed to the registrant. Dial-in instructions will be emailed to each registrant’s email address approximately 48 hours prior to the program, including information on how to obtain handout materials for the conference. If you do not receive an email by this date, please email

Please register only one name per connection.


For registration information, or if you need special accommodations, please contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270.


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