Mental health patient information was on the Maine website

Mental health patient information was on the Maine website

Twenty documents from 2013, 2014 and 2015 contained names and, in some cases, addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers, for patients receiving mental health and addiction treatment, Bangor Daily News reported. The documents included reports of patients’ violent or suicidal behavior, complaints about health care providers from patients’ family members, and descriptions of the circumstances that led to hospitalization.

The information was available on the government website from Dec. 15, 2020, until April 26, 2021 — the day an editor from the newspaper notified DHHS, DHHS spokesperson Jackie Farwell said. Source

Farwell said that going forward “an additional layer of confidentiality protection and ensured that all such confidential reports are appropriately protected from inappropriate access.”

“We are not aware of any misuse of this information, which did not include Social Security, credit card, or insurance information,” Farwell said. Farwell said an “an electronic system error” put the information on the website.

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