Kelly was the social worker on an inpatient unit at a community hospital that served young adults with acute mental health issues. She was the leader of a group for family members of recent admissions to the unit. Parents of a 22 year old female were asking for specific information about their daughter’s diagnosis, and asked to see her medical record. Kelly informed them that:
A) She would ask the unit psychiatrist to meet with them.
B) She would have to have written consent from their daughter to allow them to see her record.
C) Information could not be shared because their daughter was an involuntary admission.
D) She could share only a brief summary from the admission report which would include a provisional diagnosis.
The correct answer is "B". Their daughter, age 22 is an adult, not a minor. Therefore she has the right to privacy.