Mandatory reporting requirements protested by mental health advocates

Mental health providers are demonstrating their opposition to a proposed state rule that would require them to share patient names and information about diagnoses with regulators and other health professionals through the health information exchange.

About 500 providers and patients gathered at noon Saturday outside the Oklahoma Department of Health Services, which will consider adopting a revised rule that would require these disclosures when it meets at 2 p.m. March 22.

From there, the group marched down Lincoln Boulevard to the south steps of the state Capitol, where they gathered to make sure their views were heard.

“Our biggest concern is the privacy of our clients,” said Victoria Whatley, a licensed professional counselor at an Edmond facility. Whatley works with patients who have experienced trauma, suffer from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or other illnesses such as depression or anxiety.

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