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TENNESSEE COMPILATION OF SELECTED LAWS ON CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES, 2011 EDITION

TENNESSEE CODE ANNOTATED

Title 33 Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Chapter 3 General Rules Applicable to Service Recipients

Part 1 General Rights of All Service Recipients

33-3-110. Disclosure to law enforcement agencies in cases of felony acts of bodily harm or sexual abuse.

Section 33-3-103 does not prohibit disclosure to a law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over felonious acts of bodily harm or sexual offenses that appear to have been committed on the premises of a facility whose records are made confidential by § 33-3-103. If the felonious act involves a sexual offense governed by title 37, chapter 1, part 6, and title 71, chapter 6, part 1, in a locality having a sex abuse crime unit, disclosure for law enforcement investigative purposes shall be made only to that unit of the law enforcement agency. This section does not limit the requirements of disclosure of reports of harm and access to records required by title 37, chapter 1, parts 4 and 6, and title 71, chapter 6, part 1, for investigations by the department of human services. Permissible disclosure of a felonious act for the purpose of conducting a necessary investigation includes:

(1) The name of, and providing access to, witnesses or potential witnesses of the offense;

(2) The name of, and providing access to, suspects or potential suspects of the offense; and

(3) The scene of, and providing access to, where the offense occurred.

Acts 2000, ch. 947, § 1.

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