FERPA Then and Now: Tipping the Balance in Favor of Disclosure of Mental Health Information Under the Health and Safety Emergency Exception
Allison B. Newhart, an Associate in the Litigation Department and Higher Education Practice Group, co-wrote this article that covers how recent amendments to The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) will impact mental health prividers on campus.
FERPA is a federal statute that governs disclosure of student records and information. As a result of increasing caseloads, more seriously ill students and inadequate insurance coverage, mental illness is a growing concern for institutions of higher education. Recent amendments to FERPA seek to give campuses more options for responding to high risk students.