Does a patient have the right to obtain a copy of his/her medical records from a Mental Healthcare or Therapist or psychiatrist?I am a patient at Valley Behavioral Services in Madison, AL. I have...

Does a patient have the right to obtain a copy of his/her medical records from a Mental Healthcare or Therapist or psychiatrist?

I am a patient at Valley Behavioral Services in Madison, AL. I have requested a copy of my medical records from Both Doctor or Psychiatrist and the therapist or Licensed Professional Counselor 3 times. I have been denied and told to make an appt to see them.

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dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Then why don't you make an appointment to see them? All patients in ANY health care facility whether it be mental health or not have the right to obtain copies of the medical record. The only exception to this rule is if at the time you request the records you are actively suicidal or homicidal. If that is the case then it turns into a safety issue because you might read something in the record which intensifies your suicidal or homicidal ideation. If this is not the case, then you are absolutely entitled to see the record. Realize though they may stall a day or two, be persistent... but polite.

idamus | Student

yes, i mean i dont know much about law but since it is your own personal file although it is confidential it is still yours, however i think they have the right to keep it for records, unless it involves them soing somthing illegal with your information then you should persue help from officials, so you may not attain the original but a copy of it should suffice if all you want is your information. but seein as you have already been denied you should consult a professional on legal matters involving ones personal information, make an appointment and talk to them calmly but firmly stating why you should be allowed a copy of your informatnion, but do your homewrok, look up information on law and legal matter involving personal information, and again, consult a professional.