§ 15.157. Confidentiality of and access to confidential reports.
(a) General rule. Except as provided in subsection (b) and § 15.105 (relating to limited access to records and disclosure of information), all information concerning a report under this chapter shall be confidential.
(b) Exceptions. Relevant information concerning a report under this chapter shall be made available to the following:
(1) An employee of the Department or of an agency in the course of official duties in connection with responsibilities under this chapter, including the long term care ombudsman.
(2) An employee of the Department of Health or the Department of Public Welfare in the course of official duties.
(3) An employee of an agency of another state that performs protective services similar to those under this chapter.
(4) A practitioner of the healing arts who is examining or treating a recipient and who suspects that the recipient is in need of protection under this chapter.
(5) The director, or an individual specifically designated in writing by the director, of a hospital or other medical institution where the victim is being treated if the director or designee suspects the recipient is in need of protection under this chapter.
(6) The recipient or the guardian of the recipient.
(7) A court of competent jurisdiction under a court order.
(8) The Attorney General.
(9) Law enforcement officials of any jurisdiction as long as the information is relevant in the course of investigating cases of abuse.
(10) A mandated reporter who made a report of suspected abuse. Information released under this paragraph shall be limited to the following:
(i) The final status of the report following the investigation.
(ii) Services provided or to be provided by the agency.
(c) Excision of certain names. The name of the person suspected of committing the abuse shall be excised from a report made available under subsection (b)(4), (5) and (10).
(d) Release of information to alleged perpetrator and victim. Upon written request, the alleged perpetrator and victim may receive a copy of all information, except that prohibited from being disclosed by subsection (e).
(e) Protecting identity of person making report. Except for reports to law enforcement officials, the release of data that would identify the individual who made a report under this chapter or an individual who cooperated in a subsequent investigation is prohibited. Law enforcement officials shall treat all reporting sources as confidential information.
The provisions of this § 15.157 adopted May 17, 2002, effective May 18, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 2412.
This section cited in 6 Pa. Code § 15.21 (relating to general reporting provisions); and 6 Pa. Code § 15.158 (relating to penalties).
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