TO: Sue Hahn
From: Judy Peres
Date: 15 January 1992 [should read 1993]
Re: Disclosure of case record per client access provision of the District of Columbia Mental Health Information Act, D.C. Code Sec. 6-2041
I have attached a request from Gary Freedman, a former client of the D.C. EAP office to inspect his records.
Mr. Freedman visited the D.C. office on two occasions separated by a year. His first visit with Kathleen Kelly on September 13, 1989 is well documented as is his return visit to me on November 26, 1990. On both occasions he was assessed and immediately referred out. He was seeing an outside therapist [Stanley R. Palombo, M.D.] and essentially was requesting a second opinion and referral recommendations when he returned the following year. I reinforced her referral recommendations and provided additional information on cognitive therapy referrals which he requested.
In his letter, he also attaches a sworn pleading filed with The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights and Minority Business Development by Akin, Gump - his former Employer which states that sometime during the period October 24 - October 29, 1991, Messrs. Lassamn and Race requested from, and was in fact provided by, Sheppard Pratt preferred resources, a representation regarding his mental status.
The D.C. Office has no record of a contact by Dennis Race or Malcolm Lassman concerning this client.
In addition, the client has sent a notarized authorization to release medical records which releases us of liability arising out of furnishing the record to the Department of Human Rights in connection with their investigation of his complaint file.
The D.C. law [Sec. 6-2041] governing the client's right to access his records is clear. Further, Suzanne Reynolds and I have reviewed both charts in question and they appear clear, concise and well documented. I have also attached a copy of the risk management report filed with the risk management office.
Therefore in light of the client's request and the clear mandate of the law, I am requesting permission for Gary Freedman to review his charts. Thank you for your attention.
cc: Suzanne Reynolds