HB 1616

85(R) - 2017
House Public Health
House Public Health

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Senfronia Thompson

Bill Caption

Relating to an exemption from civil liability for certain professionals for the disclosure of certain mental health information.

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

This bill would give immunity to professionals from civil liability if they in good faith disclose confidential information about a person to a mental health personell after determining that there is a probability of imminent physical injury by the patient to the patient or others or there is a probability of immediate mental or emotional injury to the patient. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

This exemption from civil liabilities for professionals already exists for disclosure to medical or law enforcement personnel. Adding the exemption for disclosure to mental health personnel does not impact our liberty principles. While we remain neutral on this legislation we do approve of the "good faith" provision which would be an improvement to the current statute which contains no such provision.