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       Public Policy : Privacy


Spindletop is committed to protecting the privacy of health information.


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act(HIPAA) was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996. The Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information are rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under HIPAA to protect the privacy of health information. The Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (TDMHMR) is a covered entity under HIPAA as a health care provider.

TDMHMR's Notice of Privacy Practices describes how TDMHMR may use or disclose the health information of individuals who receive services from TDMHMR. It is also available in Spanish (PDF 99K). Paper copies of the Notice are available at all TDMHMR facilities. Medicaid Recipients may access the Medicaid Notice of Privacy Practices at the Texas Department of Human Services website.

You may contact the TDMHMR Privacy Officer if you have questions about HIPAA or TDMHMR's privacy policies. You may also contact the privacy coordinator at a TDMHMR facility.

For questions regarding transaction code sets, please contact our:
HIPAA Project Coordinator.

For questions regarding computer security at TDMHMR, please contact our computer security department.

If you have a complaint pertaining to the privacy of health information, contact Consumer Services/Rights Protection representative (Ombudsman) at one of the following telephone numbers:

(800) 252.8154 - Texas Only, 8 - 5 p.m. M - F
(512) 206.5760 - Outside Texas, 8 - 5 p.m. M - F
(800) 735.2988 - Relay Texas, Voice
(800) 735.2989 - Relay Texas, TTY

You may also contact the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services or the Texas Attorney General about a complaint. You will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.



Spindletop Center (409) 839-1000 655 S. 8th Street * Beaumont, TX