Confidentiality of Health Information in Correctional Facilities

Confidentiality of Health Information in Correctional Facilities 

As a correctional staff member, you know that the medical record is the link between the inmate’s care in the community and in the correctional institution. When a person enters the correctional facility, they do not give up the right to privacy or confidentiality. This course is designed for all non-medical correctional facility staff and will provide the correctional officer, unit staff, and program, recreational, education, or clerical staff guidelines regarding health information privacy or confidentiality issues in the workplace. When applying privacy and confidentiality regulations to a correctional environment, the goal is to find a balance between the needs and rights of the detainee or inmate as well as those of the staff and other inmates in the facility. In this course, you will be provided with an overview of some of the laws and policies that govern privacy and confidentiality of health information and their applicability in correctional institutions. You also will learn about consequences that can occur when health information is disclosed inappropriately, the definitions of privacy and confidentiality, barriers to privacy in correctional facilities, and the type of health information correctional staff have a need to know.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy


This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 1.00 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #6089

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 1.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-CHICF
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Define the term protected health information.
Identify 3 rights related to privacy of health information.
Describe 3 potential consequences of disclosing confidential health information of inmates, detainees, or residents.
Identify 6 circumstances in which the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) allows protected health information to be disclosed to correctional institutions and law enforcement.
Determine incidents of possible breaches of confidentiality and privacy using case scenarios.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Privacy and Confidentiality A. Detainee Jones’ Condition B. Consequences of Unnecessary Disclosure C. Protected Health Information D. Privacy of Care E. Barriers to Privacy in Correctional Facilities F. Confidentiality Priorities G. Disclosing Medical Information H. Confidentiality in the Correctional Facility I. The Minimum Necessary Rule J. What Correctional Officers Need to Know K. Summary Section 3: Practice Detecting Violations of Privacy A. Inmate Lucas B. Inmate Vegas C. Inmate Robinson D. Inmate Johnson E. Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. References D. Congratulations! E. Exam

Expert Reviewer: Robert May II
Robert May II is the Assistant Director of Programs at IJIS Institute where he is responsible for helping to design and adopt standardized information sharing solutions on mission-critical information sharing in the law enforcement, corrections, justice, public safety, and homeland security sectors. He is a former Associate Director of the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Among his many responsibilities at ASCA, he served as the lead on the Reentry and Community Corrections, Intelligence and Information Sharing, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health committees. Disclosure: Robert May II has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Tracy Mullins, M.Ed.
Tracy G. Mullins is the Curriculum Designer for Public Safety at Relias. Tracy has a B.S. in the Administration of Criminal Justice and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. Prior to joining Relias Learning in 2017, Tracy worked in various capacities for the American Probation and Parole Association for 22 years. As a Research Associate and Sr. Research Associate, she worked on a variety of federally funded projects focusing on leadership, juvenile justice, victim services, tribal justice, and offender issues. Her responsibilities on these projects include researching justice issues, writing curricula and other publications, and delivering training and technical assistance. From 2010-2016, as Deputy Director of APPA, Tracy managed its grant division, as well oversaw its e-learning initiatives, which included writing and developing online training courses. Disclosure: Tracy Mullins, M.Ed. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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