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Information Sharing

Information sharing is necessary for effectively coordinating services and treatment across resources. All data sharing protocols should be put in writing and follow relevant state and federal laws. Sharing data facilitates more effective individual treatment responses and can help leverage scarce resources, particularly for high system utilizers. Stakeholders should consider HIPAA, 42CFR part 2, FERPA and state laws related to sharing behavioral health information.

When data is shared between different agencies or partners, best practices recommend development of memoranda of understanding (MOUs) between partners to solidify working partnerships and data agreements.

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