Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Agency Issues Informational Bulletin on Confidentiality of SUD Records

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) issued Informational Bulletin 02-22 to clarify Act 33 of 2022 – Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Records. Act 33, signed into law on July 7, 2022, makes Pennsylvania’s SUD confidentiality requirements consistent with federal law. Federally-assisted programs for the diagnosis, referral, or treatment of SUD are now covered by the federal regulations at 42 CFR Part 2. Under Act 33, federal confidentiality provisions apply to those programs and disclosures shall be made as permitted by federal law. Act 33 prohibits DDAP from issuing or enforcing a regulation that restricts the disclosure of information permitted by Act 33.