Administrative Order 90-4: Court-Ordered Referrals to the Veteran's Administration Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program

Pursuant to the mandate of Title 38, United States Code, section 4132(b)(2)(D), the Court has reviewed the State's process for making court-ordered referrals to the Boise Veteran's Administration Medical Center Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program. In assessing good cause, the Court has weighed the public interest and the need for disclosures against the injury to the veteran/patient, to the physician-patient relationship, and to the treatment services. It is the Court's conclusion that the public's interest and need for this non-consent disclosure substantially outweighs the injury to the veteran/patient, physician-patient relationship, and to the treatment services. This Administrative Order is retroactive to all referrals made after January 1, 1988. The Court shall impose appropriate safeguards against unauthorized disclosure.

Dated this 10th day of August, 1990.

Signed by Jim R. Doolittle, Administrative District Judge


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