HIPAA & Mental Health Issues for College Students

If a college student starts showing signs of mental illness, would informing his or her parents be a violation of his or her rights?

Too often, mental illness on college and university campuses goes unreported. Even when students are clearly at risk, administrators ignore the problem. This is not because of apathy. Rather, the school usually is afraid to violate the student's privacy rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Unfortunately, ignoring mental illness may only harm and not help the situation. In some cases, it leads to fatal tragedies that could have been prevented. When school officials know their rights, they are empowered to take action and do what is best for students and families.

At Blake & Associates, we educate college faculties about student guardianships. We help institutes of higher education create policies and procedures for dealing with student mental illness. We show our clients how they can handle the situation without violating the student's rights and incurring extra liability.

In addition, we can help you decide what to do right now if a student is displaying emerging signs of mental illness. Contact our offices in Boston, Massachusetts, today to learn more.

A Leading Voice in Guardianship Law

Student guardianships are only now emerging as a distinct field of legal practice. Blake & Associates is at the forefront of this new field.

Principal attorney David Blake and his staff are particularly experienced to handle this complex issue. They have been working in this field for more than thirty years. In addition, David is the immediate past president of the Massachusetts Guardianship Association, and has been elected and is currently serving a term on the Board of Directors of the National Guardianship Organization. He is also a member of the International Guardianship Network (learn more about international guardianships).

If you would like to discuss student guardianships and school policy with a lawyer at our firm, call us at 617-723-3224 or contact us online.