• NASW-IL Staff

Social Workers' Disclosure Responsibilities During the Pandemic

Anne B. Camper, JD, General Counsel

LEGAL ISSUE OF THE MONTH

Social Workers' Disclosure Responsibilities During the Pandemic


© April 2020. National Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved.


Cases have recently arisen where clinical social workers have been asked to disclose the names of their clients to public health officials, to assist in tracing exposure to the novel coronavirus. The social worker’s responsibility in this instance includes aspects of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, NASW’s Code of Ethics, and local laws including licensure rules, health care confidentiality, and public health regulations. We will outline here how these national rules are likely to apply.


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