Texas Human Resources Code
Sec. § 48.154
Access to Records or Documents


The department or another state agency, as appropriate, shall have access to any records or documents, including client-identifying information, financial records, and medical and psychological records, necessary to the performance of the department’s or state agency’s duties under this chapter. The duties include but are not limited to the investigation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation or the provisions of services to an elderly person or person with a disability. A person, agency, or institution that has a record or document that the department or state agency needs to perform its duties under this chapter shall, without unnecessary delay, make the record or document available to the department or state agency that requested the record or document.


The department is exempt from the payment of a fee otherwise required or authorized by law to obtain a financial record from a person, agency, or institution or a medical record, including a mental health record, from a hospital or health care provider if the request for a record is made in the course of an investigation by the department.


If the department or another state agency cannot obtain access to a record or document that is necessary to properly conduct an investigation or to perform another duty under this chapter, the department or state agency may petition the probate court or the statutory or constitutional county court having probate jurisdiction for access to the record or document.


On good cause shown, the court shall order the person, agency, or institution who has a requested record or document to allow the department or state agency to have access to that record or document under the terms and conditions prescribed by the court.


A person, agency, or institution who has a requested record or document is entitled to notice and a hearing on a petition filed under this section.


Access to a confidential record under this section does not constitute a waiver of confidentiality.
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 651, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1993. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 303, Sec. 10, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Renumbered from Sec. 48.0385 and amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 907, Sec. 16, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1056 (S.B. 221), Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2011.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.268, eff. April 2, 2015.
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