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32-3282. Right to examine and copy evidence; summoning witnesses and documents; taking testimony; right to counsel; confidentiality
A. In connection with information received pursuant to section 32-3281, subsection A, the board or the board's authorized agents or employees at all reasonable times have access to, for the purpose of examination, and the right to copy any psychotherapy notes, documents, reports, records or other physical evidence of any person being investigated, or the reports, records and any other documents maintained by and in possession of any hospital, clinic, physician's office, laboratory, pharmacy or health care institution as defined in section 36-401 or any other public or private agency, if the psychotherapy notes, documents, reports, records or evidence relate to the specific complaint.
B. For the purpose of all investigations and proceedings conducted by the board:
1. The board on its own initiative may issue subpoenas compelling the attendance and testimony of witnesses or demanding the production for examination or copying of documents or any other physical evidence if the evidence relates to the unauthorized practice of behavioral health or to the competence, unprofessional conduct or mental or physical ability of a licensee to safely practice. Within five days after the service of a subpoena on any person requiring the production of any evidence in that person's possession or under that person's control, the person may petition the board to revoke, limit or modify the subpoena. The board shall revoke, limit or modify a subpoena if in its opinion the evidence required does not relate to unlawful practices covered by this chapter or is not relevant to the charge that is the subject matter of the hearing or investigation or the subpoena does not describe with sufficient particularity the physical evidence required to be produced. Any member of the board and any agent designated by the board may administer oaths, examine witnesses and receive evidence.
2. Any person appearing before the board may be represented by counsel.
3. The board shall make available to the licensee who is the subject of the investigation, or the licensee's designated representative, for inspection at the board's office the investigative file at least five business days before a board meeting at which the board considers the complaint. The board may redact any confidential information before releasing the file to the licensee.
4. The superior court, on application by the board or by the person subpoenaed, has jurisdiction to issue an order either:
(a) Requiring the person to appear before the board or the board's authorized agent to produce evidence relating to the matter under investigation.
(b) Revoking, limiting or modifying the subpoena if in the court's opinion the evidence demanded does not relate to unlawful practices covered by this chapter or is not relevant to grounds for disciplinary action that are the subject matter of the hearing or investigation or the subpoena does not describe with sufficient particularity the physical evidence required to be produced. Any failure to obey an order of the court may be punished by the court as contempt.
C. Records, including clinical records, reports, files or other reports or oral statements relating to examinations, findings or treatments of clients, any information from which a client or the client's family might be identified or information received and records kept by the board as a result of the investigation procedure prescribed by this chapter are not available to the public.
D. This section and any other law that makes communications between a licensee and the licensee's client a privileged communication do not apply to investigations or proceedings conducted pursuant to this chapter. The board and and the board's employees, agents and representatives shall keep in confidence the names of any clients whose records are reviewed during the course of investigations and proceedings pursuant to this chapter.