Command Notification Requirements to Dispel Stigma in Providing Mental Health Care to Service Members
|Publication Date:||17 August 2011|
PURPOSE. In accordance with the authority in DoD Directive 5124.02 (Reference (a)), this Instruction:
a. Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for healthcare providers for determining command notification requirements as applied to:
(1) Service members' involvement in mental health care pursuant to paragraph C7.11.1. of DoD 6025.18-R (Reference (b)) and parts 160 and 164 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations (Reference (c)).
(2) Service members voluntarily seeking drug and alcohol abuse education (as distinguished from substance abuse treatment), consistent with DoD Directive 1010.4 (Reference (d)), requiring DoD personnel to receive education pertaining to drug and alcohol abuse.
b. Provides guidance for balance between patient confidentiality rights and the commander's right to know for operation and risk management decisions.
c. Incorporates and cancels Directive-Type Memorandum 09-006 (Reference (e)).
APPLICABILITY. This Instruction:
a. Applies to OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD (hereinafter referred to collectively as the "DoD Components").
b. Applies only to healthcare provider disclosures to command authorities under paragraph C7.11.1 of Reference (b).