TV News LIES

Sunday, May 01st

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Military Army suicide prevention efforts raising privacy concerns

Army suicide prevention efforts raising privacy concerns

E-mail Print PDF

US ArmyAn Army effort to reduce suicides by sharing more of soldiers' personal therapy information with squad, platoon or company leaders — even in cases where there is no threat of self-harm — is pushing the limit of privacy laws, say civilian experts on medical records restrictions.

Soldiers may be discouraged from seeking care if they fear their privacy will be violated, says Mark Botts, an associate professor of public law at the University of North Carolina who specializes in the privacy of behavioral health records.

"They definitely run that risk," he says of the Army. "If the soldier knows (private information will be released), they're going to be worried."

But Army lawyers say that they are well within the law and that the more leaders know, the more they can help troubled soldiers.

"The emphasis is on trying to prevent suicides," says Charles Orck, a senior Army lawyer who reviewed the practice. "The more information, the better to be able to evaluate and analyze and try to come up with a solution."

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Pentagon disciplines 16 of its own for Kunduz hospital airstrike

Pentagon disciplines own for hospital hitThe Pentagon has disciplined 16 service members following an airstrike that killed 42 at a Doctors...

Pentagon: 22 percent of military bases will be excess by 2019

Pentagon to close basesA Pentagon report to Congress found 22 percent of U.S. military bases and facilities will be...

Federal Court won't force release of more drone-killing info

Drone strikesA federal appeals court has rebuffed an effort to force the Obama administration to release more...

In a changing US Army, turbans and hijabs allowed

Turbans allowed in US militaryThis week, the Army granted three Sikh soldiers long-term clearance to wear their beards and turbans,...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!