§ 15.105. Limited access to records and disclosure of information.
Information in a protective services case record may not be disclosed, except as provided in this section.
(1) Information may be disclosed to a court of competent jurisdiction or under a court order. The protective service agency shall disclose case record information for the purpose of in camera review by the court.
(2) If an investigation by the agency results in a report of criminal conduct, law enforcement officials shall have access to relevant records maintained by the agency or the Department.
(3) In arranging specific services to effect service plans, the agency may disclose to appropriate service providers information necessary to initiate the delivery of services.
(4) A subject of a report, a court-appointed guardian or an attorney providing legal services to the subject of the report made under § 15.23 (relating to receiving reports; general agency responsibility) may receive, upon written request, information contained in the report except that prohibited from being disclosed by paragraph (5).
(5) The release of information that would identify the person who made a report of suspected abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment or a person who cooperated in a subsequent investigation, is prohibited unless the Secretary can determine that the release will not be detrimental to the safety of the person. Prior to releasing information under this paragraph, the Secretary will notify the person whose identity would be released that the person has 45 days to advise the Secretary why this anticipated release would be detrimental to the safety of that person.
(6) When the Department is involved in the hearing of an appeal by a subject of a report made under § 15.23, the appropriate Department staff shall have access to information in the case record relevant to the appeal.
(7) For the purposes of monitoring agency performance, appropriate staff of the Department may have access to agency protective services records.
(8) For the purposes of monitoring agency performance and carrying out other administrative responsibilities, individuals with local administrative authority over the protective services program may have access to agency protective services records.
The provisions of this § 15.105 amended May 17, 2002, effective May 18, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 2412. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (228922) to (228923).
This section cited in 6 Pa. Code § 15.12 (relating to administrative functions and responsibilities of area agencies on aging); 6 Pa. Code § 15.46 (relating to law enforcement agencies as available resources); 6 Pa. Code § 15.81 (relating to rights of protective services clients); 6 Pa. Code § 15.82 (relating to rights of alleged abusers); 6 Pa. Code § 15.95 (relating to case management); 6 Pa. Code § 15.102 (relating to maintenance of case files); 6 Pa. Code § 15.112 (relating to uses of funding authorized by the act); and 6 Pa. Code § 15.157 (relating to confidentiality of and access to confidential reports).
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