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Legal and Ethical Issues in Screening Older Adults for Substance Abuse

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Course Description:

This course is based on a publication by SAMHSA and is available at the National Library of Medicine about the legal and ethical issues that arise when conducting an assessment of an older adult, especially when assessing for substance abuse problems.  

 

According to the authors “Screening any population for substance abuse raises key legal and ethical concerns: how one can inquire about an individual’s alcohol and drug use while continuing to respect that person’s autonomy and privacy. Screening of older adults for substance abuse brings these concerns into particularly sharp focus . . . This paper] examines how the issues of autonomy and privacy (or confidentiality) affect the way providers working with older adults may screen for substance use problems.  [It] discusses the relationship between patient or client autonomy and the provider’s obligation to inform and counsel the older individual about the health risks of alcohol or other drug use [as well as]  privacy of information about substance use problems.”  The paper specifically addresses “How a provider can keep accurate records and communicate with others concerned about the older individual’s welfare without disclosing information . . .” inappropriately.

 

This course serves as an excellent resource for mental health professionals who would like to build or refresh their knowledge about legal and ethical issues in assessment and screening.  For licensed professionals who are required to complete continuing education in law and ethics, this course provides insight into a specialized area of practice and may be a refreshing change from other courses in the area a legal and ethical issues.  This course contains content regarding federal law, including 42 U.S.C. § 290dd-2.  “Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records” are contained in 42 CFR Part 2 (Vol. 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 2).

 

Psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists can benefit from this course. This course may also be helpful for other practitioners, such as midwives and dieticians and nutritionists who work with the geriatric population.   This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to learn more about legal and ethical issues in screening older adults for substance abuse issues and problems. 

 

Most states that require continuing education courses for license renewal require licensed professionals to complete courses in legal issues and ethics.  This course may meet or partially meet the requirements for license renewal in your state. 

 

Author: SAMHSA

 

Learning Objectives:  This course will provide a professional with a summary of legal and ethical issues regarding screening older adults for substance abuse.  Specifically, a professional will:

·         Identify federal law that pertains to communication and disclosure in substance abuse assessment and treatment.

·         Describe circumstances in which confidential information is protected from disclosure and exceptions that apply.

·         Describe specific strategies for disclosure for referrals, questions of capacity and 3rd party payers.

 

Citation:  AHCPR Archived reports, Put Prevention Into Practice and Minnesota Health Technology Advisory Committee SAMHSA/CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocols 26 . TIP 26: Substance Abuse Among Older AdultsAppendix A – Legal and Ethical Issues by Margaret K. Brooks, Esq.

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