Medical Resources for IC 35-40.5 & HIPAA

These resources are collected from many different areas to provide our Health Care Partners with the necessary information they need in order to coordinate their response to Sexual Assault while still adhearing to HIPAA. 


It is Lake County's Procedure to activate Advocacy Services upon patient presention to the ER using only de-identified information.  "This is _______ hospital calling to request an advocate." 


Privacy Rule permits release of certain information under the certain circumstances. There are no restrictions on the use or disclosure of de-identified health information. 

ICESAHT Position Statement
This letter states the position of our Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation & Human Trafficking
Position on SB 146 w. signature.pdf
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A National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensics
Please see page 48 for reference to HIPAA Privacy Rule that permits permits hospitals and other health care providers to alert a victim advocacy organization to the presence of a victim of sexual assault at the hospital without giving any identifying information about the victim.
A National Protocol for Sexual Assault M[...]
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FAQ about U.S. Federal Laws & Confidentiality for Survivors
This is from the NNEDV & the Confidentiality Institute
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HIPAA/VAWA Comparison Chart
This is from the NNEDV and the Confidentiality Institute comparing both privacy rules
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HIPAA Fact Sheets
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IAFN Position Statement
Excellent resource supporting immediate connection to Advocacy.
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ENA & IAFN Joint Postion Statement
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HIPAA Privacy Guidelines RE: Sexual Assault Center
This is an excellent resource explaining HIPAA & De-Identified information and BAA if necessary.
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Power Point Presentation re: IC Code 35-40.5
Presentation slides from Lake County SART Meeting on 8.18.20 regarding on IC 35-40.5.
SART Code Discussion 8.18.20.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.7 MB]

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Crown Point, IN 46307

(219) 755-3720

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Highland, IN 46322

O: (219) 961-4357

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