The Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is likely to radically alter how health information is treated in Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Treatment, and all other health care services. Behavioral Health Care providers have a well established history of safeguarding the privacy and confidentiality of our clients and their family members, and are well positioned to implement the voluminous HIPAA administrative requirements.

Now, with the implementation of these Federal regulations, we need to continue to protect our clients' sensitive personal information. In addition, we need to do so in a manner consistent with HIPAA requirements regarding consumer notification of privacy practices, agreements with our business associates and colleagues who have access to our clients' information, electronic storage and communication of client information, and many other important issues. The Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Service is pleased to provide you with this website as a resource in helping you meet your HIPAA obligations.