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Relating to the disclosure of certain mental health records of deceased state hospital patients.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1901 would require, to the extent permitted by federal law, a professional to disclose confidential information to the descendant of a state hospital patient if they have been deceased for at least 50 years and the professional does not have information indicating that releasing the medical record is against any prior expressed preference of the deceased patient or personal representatives of their estate. A person who receives information from confidential communications or records would be prohibited from disclosing the information besides when disclosure is consistent with the authorized purposes for which they were given the information.
Texas Action is neutral on HB 1901 because it does not affect our liberty principles.