Attn: SAMHSA 4162-20
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
RE: Proposed Rule - 42 CFR Part 2 - Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records Regulations (SAMHSA-4162-20) (Published Federal Register 2-9-2016: p 6987 -7024)
The NPRM for 42 CFR Part 2 recognizes that the regulation was enacted out of great concern about the potential abuse that disclosure of substance use information can create for persons in treatment and that the release of substance use information can cause individuals with substance use disorders to not seek needed treatment. When confidentiality is not maintained, the trust of the patients will be lost and many will not remain in treatment while those who do continue in treatment will have lost the trust in the clinic and the staff which is indispensable to successful patient treatment.