County Finds Potential Breach of Mental Health Therapy Group Information

Protected health information of adults in mental health therapy groups conducted by the Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services between May 2010 and May 2018 may have been exposed to others in the therapy groups, according to the county government.

On May 25, the county’s mental health department discovered a potential documentation problem within certain group therapy notes. The department immediately began an inquiry to identify the documentation affected.

During the review, the department discovered the first or preferred names of some adult therapy group participants and information regarding group participation were included in the health records of other group members. Last names were not included. The participant information in the group notes may have been disclosed in cases where the health records of group members were released.

In some cases, the department has contacted affected participants directly by mail. The department does not have current mailing addresses for all who may be impacted.

According to the department, it has identified the clinician who included this information and took steps to stop the documentation practice. It is also training other clinical staff to prevent this from happening in the future.

Anyone who was a past participant in adult mental health therapy groups and has questions about whether they were included in the list of people whose information may have been released or disclosed, may call 1-833-650-1757.

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