We all know that there are times in corrections where HIPAA although is being followed, our officers can hear sensitive information, this is when they fall under the same HIPAA rules as we do.
Our Lt (not warden) wanted names of all inmates who are taking a paticular medication so "his team could watch those people and find out who is not taking their mental health medication". I as the DON did not provide that information, my staff refused to disclose that information. The Lt did have some great points of HIPAA and corrections relating security/safety to the needed information so they could keep the facility safe. I still did not budge.
All this communication was because 2 inmates found a pill (37.5mg Effexor) on the floor in a common class room area they brought it to the correctional officer who then informed the LT. Now the LT now feels this is a emergency safety issue.
If this was a life threatening situation I would provide the information to the Warden(s), or staff Sgt or LT with no problem. For this issue I stood my ground.
Thank you for the replies. We do watch inmates take their medication, and sometimes there is an officer, sometimes not. I am wanting feedback on how the LT should be assisted or would anyone give the information of names to the LT to protect security/safety.
My question is: What would you all do to assist the LT?