NJ Court Limits Access To Some State Institution Records

Law360, New York (July 17, 2012, 10:17 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey appeals court on Tuesday held that residents of a state home for the developmentally disabled cannot see investigatory reports involving them without a court order.

Regulations adopted by the state Department of Human Services do not grant patients or their guardians unfettered access to the reports because they are “division records,” not “client records.” The decision rejects an appeal by the parents of Damian Caliendo, an adult who lives at the Hunterdon Developmental Center in Clinton, N.J.

“Under state codes, a guardian must...
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