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36-199.01. Access to information; confidentiality; violation; classification
A. On request of the chairperson of the suicide mortality review team or a local team and as necessary to carry out the team's duties, the chairperson shall be provided, within five days excluding weekends and holidays, with access to information and records regarding a suicide that is being reviewed by the team. The team may request the information and records from any of the following:
1. A provider of medical, dental, nursing or mental health care.
2. A health care insurer.
3. This state or a political subdivision of this state that might assist the team in reviewing the fatality.
B. A law enforcement agency, with the approval of the prosecuting attorney, may withhold from a review team investigative records that might interfere with a pending criminal investigation or prosecution.
C. The director of the department of health services or the director's designee may apply to the superior court for a subpoena as necessary to compel the production of books, records, documents and other evidence related to the person who died by suicide. Subpoenas issued under this subsection shall be served and, on application to the court by the director or the director's designee, enforced in the manner provided by law for the service and enforcement of subpoenas. A law enforcement agency is not required to produce the information requested under the subpoena if the subpoenaed evidence relates to a pending criminal investigation or prosecution. All records shall be returned to the agency or organization on completing the review. The review team may not keep written reports or records containing identifying information.
D. All information and records acquired by the suicide mortality review team or any local team are confidential and are not subject to subpoena, discovery or introduction into evidence in any civil or criminal proceeding, except that information, documents and records that are otherwise available from other sources are not immune from subpoena, discovery or introduction into evidence through those sources solely because they were presented to or reviewed by a team pursuant to this article.
E. Members of a team, persons attending a team meeting and persons who present information to a team may not be questioned in any civil or criminal proceeding regarding information presented in or opinions formed as a result of a meeting. This subsection does not prevent a person from testifying to information that is obtained independently of the team or that is public information.
F. Pursuant to policies adopted by the suicide mortality review team, a member of the suicide mortality review team or a local team may contact, interview or obtain information by request or subpoena from a family member of a deceased person who died by suicide. The suicide mortality review team or a local team must approve any contact, interview, request or subpoena before the team member contacts, interviews or obtains information from the family member of a deceased person who died by suicide.
G. Meetings of the suicide mortality review team or a local team are closed to the public and are not subject to title 38, chapter 3, article 3.1 if the team is reviewing information on an individual who died by suicide. All other team meetings are open to the public.
H. A person who violates the confidentiality requirements of this section is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.