Communication around suicide death of those 24 years of age or younger

Specifies entities to be involved in development of plan. Requires local mental health authority to inform Oregon Health Authority within seven days after suicide death of individual 24 years of age or younger. Requires Oregon Health Authority to serve as resource to local authority as needed by community.

Discharge of Patients Receiving Mental Health Treatment

This bill requires hospitals to have publicly available discharge policies in place for those who have been hospitalized for mental health treatment.

Discharge policy must:
• Offer patients opportunity to identify a Lay Caregiver and encourage patients to sign a Release of Information (ROI) for Lay Caregiver
• Conduct both a risk and needs assessment for patient care
• Coordinate care transition to outpatient
• Complete a follow up call within 7 days of discharge
• Review information and instructions with patient and Lay Caregiver
• Notify Lay Caregiver of discharge or transfer before it happens

More information on this can be found on DIY Advocacy Center’s website 

HB 2948

Susana Blake Gabay Act: Disclosure without Authorization Form

This act clarifies when, what, and how Protected Health Information (PHI) can be released without authorization from a patient or their representative. All released information must be the minimum necessary to provide care. Any provider who releases information under these standards is not subject to civil liability.
Generally, information can be released without authorization:
• To persons identified by the patient as being directly involved in patient care
• If the patient isn’t present or gaining authorization isn’t practical and Release of Information (ROI) is deemed important by the provider
• If the patient is present and does not object to the ROI
• If an ROI is necessary to prevent or lesson a serious threat to an individual or society
Under professional discretion, provider may also be able to release the following information when necessary:
• Patient diagnosis and treatment plan
• Safety concerns around risk for suicide, including safety plans
• Community resources
• How to safely transition a patient to higher or lower level of care

More information on this can be found on DIY Advocacy Center’s website