42 CFR Part 2 is a federal statute that governs confidentiality for people seeking treatment for substance use disorders from federally assisted programs. This law requires a federally assisted substance use program to have a patient’s consent before releasing information to others. Its purpose is to encourage people to seek treatment with the reassurance that their privacy as a patient in this setting will be protected.
These related resources provide information about the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) revised Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations for Health Information Exchange Final Rule (referred to as 42 CFR Part 2) and how it may affect health centers. It includes information from the Final Rule published on January 3, 2018.