Trump Administration Proposing to Weaken Current Privacy Protections for SUD Patient Information through Second Rulemaking

Tell SAMHSA Not to Put People in Treatment and Recovery at Further Risk

What You Need to Know:

SAMHSA is proposing to weaken patient privacy protections in the federal confidentiality regulations for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records, 42 CFR Part 2, through a set of proposed rules. Although the first rulemaking’s comment period closed on September 25th – – the second proposed rule has a public comment deadline of October 25, 2019 at 5 pm.

It is extremely important that the Trump Administration hears from all stakeholders about how damaging these changes would be for people in recovery and those in, or seeking, SUD treatment.


What You Need to Do:

    • The Legal Action Center’s template is now available to assist you in drafting your comments on the second SAMHSA proposed rule. You can submit your comments via the e-rulemaking portal. Remember, the comment deadline is October 25, 2019 at 5 pm.

    • Spread the word. SAMHSA can’t make these changes without hearing from the public. We need as many comments as possible to emphasize the dire need to protect SUD patient confidentiality. Share this page with your networks and encourage allies to weigh in and share their concerns!

Thank you for your work to safeguard patient privacy rights. If you have any questions, please contact LAC’s Director of Policy Gabrielle de la Gueronniere at [email protected].

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