§ 15.62. Access to records.
(a) Access assured by law. The agency shall have access to records relevant to:
(1) Investigations of reports received under this chapter.
(2) The assessment of need and the development of a service plan when an older adults need for protective services has been or is being established.
(3) The delivery of services arranged for under the service plan developed by the agency to respond to an older adults assessed need for specific services.
(b) Access to records. Except in emergency or priority protective services cases, access to records shall be between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
(c) When access to records is denied. If the agency is denied access to records necessary for the completion of a proper investigation of a report or an assessment and service plan, or the delivery of needed services to prevent further abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment of the older adult reported to need protective services, the protective services caseworker shall clearly inform the party denying access to the records of the legal authority for access as set forth in section 304 of the act (35 P. S. § 10225.304) by the agency and the available recourse through a court order. If the party continues to deny access to relevant records, the agency may petition the court of common pleas for an order requiring the appropriate access when one of the following conditions applies:
(1) The older adult has provided written consent for confidential records to be disclosed and the keeper of the records denies access.
(2) The agency is able to demonstrate that the older adult is denying access to records because of incompetence, coercion, extortion or justifiable fear of future abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment.
The provisions of this § 15.62 amended May 17, 2002, effective May 18, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 2412. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (228910) to (228911).
Notes of Decisions
The requirements of this regulation are inherently inconsistent with the ex parte procedure used to obtain search warrants, where the element of surprise is deemed necessary to prevent the destruction of evidence. In the Interest of M. B., 686 A.2d 877 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1996).
This section cited in 6 Pa. Code § 15.63 (relating to access by consent); and 6 Pa. Code § 15.112 (relating to uses of funding authorized by the act).
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